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Written by Lucy Pitts

How to save money this winter!

It’s that time of year when many families find themselves embroiled in a familiar battle…. should the heating be on? Or off? Teenage kids in T-shirts turn it on. The bill payer throws them a jumper and thick pair of socks and turns it off again! And with more and more of us working from home this winter, the battle is real! Particularly if you’re the one who has been relegated to working in the conservatory. Brrrr.

So, if you’re worried that you could end up forking out large sums on your heating bill this year on top of everything else, here are our top tips to help you save money. Some are obvious and some are less so but keep reading because we’ve saved the best until last!

Saving money on your heating bills

The first tip has to be…layer up! Our grandparents did it and so can we. And we’re not just talking chunky knitwear. If you’re sitting at your desk all day without the heating on, consider wearing fingerless gloves to keep your hands warm and loose shoes or slippers over warm socks. You’ll be surprised how by keeping your hands and feet warm, your body stays warmer too. We’ve even seen homeworkers sporting a hat and scarf. Just remember to take them off when you Zoom!

Consider the position of your desk. If it’s up against an outside wall, you’re going to feel the cold. If it’s in the corner up against two outside walls, you’ll feel it even more. One answer is to move your desk away so that it sits against an internal wall. Can you position it so the sun shining through the window warms your back perhaps? Alternatively, throw a blanket over your legs! You will really feel the difference.

Consider buying a small electric heater. There are all sorts of types on the market and they are not expensive. Although you wouldn’t want them running in every room instead of central heating, if you’re just trying to keep one room warm, they can provide a cost-effective option. The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) suggest a fan heater is the most preferable type when looking to heat a room for a short amount of time. Alternatively, a convector heater is a good option if you want to heat a room more thoroughly for a couple of hours or more.

Eliminate drafts and maximise your heat sources. This is something you need to do every year as we head into winter. Check the seals of windows and doors and repair as necessary. Use draft excluders as a quick win with drafty doors. Check that you’re not wasting heat because a sofa is positioned directly in front a radiator and therefore is blocking the heat source. Check your curtains. A well-lined pair of curtains will help keep the heat in and the cold out!

Give your boiler a service to make sure it is running efficiently and at its best. Bleed any radiators and if you are running the heating a lot …turn it down, so it’s keeping the chill off rather than turning your home into a burning furnace!

Start your day with a shower and eat well. A nice warm shower, a thick jumper and a bowl of hot porridge will go a long way to starting your day on the right foot and keeping you warm and energised. Similarly, don’t stay static too long. Tempting as it can be to sit down and just crack on until you’re finished, it can leave you drained, tired and cold. If you can, go out for a brisk walk at lunch time. Or just do some star jumps, touch your toes, walk around the kitchen a few times. Just get up and get moving every now and then throughout the day.

And the best tip. If you have a conservatory with a glass or polycarbonate roof, get it replaced! Our conservatory replacement roofs are not only incredibly good value for money and affordable, they are fully insulated with state-of-the-art insulation materials and have great energy performance. They will turn a cold, drafty conservatory into a warm stylish space and save you money on your heating bills! So you can put away the hat and gloves and work away at your computer without screen glare and without freezing your socks off.

We offer “contactless” quotes and installation! We’re operating within new COVID 19 safety requirements. We’re polite and we never leave a mess! Get in touch to find out more and stay warm this winter.

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