7 expert tips on how to save money on your heating bill this winter

When temperatures start to drop and winter approaches, having proper heating and plenty of hot water around the home becomes more of a priority

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Making sure that your working space or home is prepped with efficient heating this winter will not only benefit the environment, but also save you money on energy bills. 

To make sure you’re fully prepared for those long, dark and chilly winter months ahead, we’ve pulled together some of our top energy saving tips from the experts. 

Roy Bateson, Senior Gas Engineer at Calor Gas (opens in new tab), said: ‘Every year, as we hit autumn and long summer days become a fading memory, there’s a range of measures our customers can take to save both energy and money whilst still keeping warm and efficient.

‘We encourage all of our customers to check out these tips so that they can save on their energy this winter.’

1. Insulate well

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Most modern, newly-built or renovated properties have excellent insulation as part of a nationwide commitment by house-builders to create energy efficient homes. 

However, if you live in an older home it is worth making sure that your walls and particularly the attic, is insulated to make sure that heat is retained properly. 

Insulating cavity walls and the attic will make sure that your property stays warmer for longer this winter. 

2. Check your boiler

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If your boiler is not working at full capacity, then it can dramatically affect performance. That’s why it’s a good idea to have your boiler serviced annually.  

Doing this means that you can rest easy knowing that there will be no nasty surprises and that it’s in top working condition throughout autumn and winter. 

Regular services can also cut costs in the long-run as it helps you avoid the need to pay out for potential expensive repairs. 

In addition, switching to a modern LPG or BioLPG boiler can lead to increased energy and cost savings. 

3. Draught defence

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Every small crack or draught you have around doors or windows is going to let warmth escape and let cold air in during the chilly months ahead, which decreases energy efficiency. 

Checking that there are no external draughts is a quick yet important job to tackle before the temperatures drop. 

On top of this, using draught excluders and products such as draught-proof letter boxes or loft hatches can all help to keep the cold out of your home. 

They’re relatively cheap to buy and can help contribute towards those important energy saving costs.

4. Kick-start kitchen efficiency 

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Small changes in how you use your appliances around the kitchen can also make a big difference in the amount of energy you use throughout the winter and even all year round. 

For example, no matter how many pots and pans you’re using, if you don’t have the lid on then you are burning away energy – amazingly cooking with the lid on can reduce the necessary energy usage by a third. 

The same thinking applies when you’re boiling the kettle or making a cuppa – the more water you’re boiling the more energy is consumed. Where you can, try to boil just the right amount of water you need at that time.  

5. Make small changes 

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Choosing to lower your thermostat just one degree during the winter can result in a significant saving of both energy and costs in the long term. It’s a simple but highly effective way to save energy with just a very small day-to-day change. 

6. Consider buying an extra rug

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Not only may this give your room an extra design pop, rugs can add extra layers of insulation to your flooring, helping to trap cold air, keep your living room warm, and save you cash too.  

7. Layer up

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Finally, whilst this might seem incredibly straight-forward, sticking a jumper on as an extra layer can help warm you up between two and four degrees, so this is always worth doing before you even look at the thermostat. 

With people spending more time in their homes throughout this autumn and winter as many continue to work remotely, heating your home all day long can easily become costly, so throwing a warm jumper on as an extra layer every day is a wise choice.  

Combining all of these tips will mean that not only will you save on energy and have lower bills, but you’ll also be creating a more environmentally-friendly space in your home. 

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.