• Cutting your heating bills during the winter

    The number of people de-icing their cars in the mornings

    before going off work is a sure sign that winter is firmly on the way.

    Up and down the country people are switching their heating on to warm their

    homes after the summer months.

    But for many people, this time of year can be a worry in

    terms of the cost of keeping their homes warm.

    Here are a few tips on how to cut your heating bills this winter:

    Firstly, you can look at switching gas your supplier.

    It doesn’t take much to shop around and make sure you’re on the best tariff.

    Go to Google and check the compare website.

    2. Change your boiler.

    If you have an old model it may be worth considering upgrading it to a high-efficiency boiler,

    which could cut your heating bills by around 35% in the long run.

    3. Make sure your existing boiler is well maintained and serviced to ensure it is running at maximum efficiency.

    Call your local gas engineer for the annual service.

    4. Use the heating controls wisely.

    Turning your thermostat down by one degree can save around 10% on your annual fuel bill.

    5. Make sure you only heat the rooms that you use.

    Turning radiators off in unused rooms can save a fortune over the winter.

    6. If you don’t have thermostats fitted to your radiators, get your local gas safe engineer to fit them to all radiators.

    That way you will have total control of each room, and you will save around 15% on your heating bills.

    7. Insulate your loft.

    Most of the heat lost from homes disappears through the roof.

    Insulating your loft space will save you a packet on the heating bills, but there is a cost attached to getting it done.

    8. Plug those drafts.

    This is probably one of the most cost-effective ways of saving money on your heating bills.

    Letterboxes, poorly insulated windows and doors,

    floorboards and cat flaps are the usual suspects and can be easily insulated to save money.

    9. If you have a hot water tank,

    make sure it is insulated.

    The same goes for any exposed pipework.

    10. If you haven’t got one already,

    invest in a programmable timer and set it to come on in the

    morning and again in the evening.

    There’s no point having the heating on when you’re not in.

    10. Check out what funding or grants are available.

    You might find that you qualify for help with insulating or heating your home.

    The Energy Savings Trust will be able to advise you on what may be available to you. –

    you can call them on 0800 512 012 or visit the website

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