Four Tips from ScS to Keep Your House Warm This Winter
With the dark evenings and dropping temperatures rolling in thick and fast, it’s safe to say that winter is finally on our doorstep. Keeping warm is going to be everyone’s main priority in the home as we turn up the heating and snuggle underneath warm blankets. But did you know there are a few changes that you can make to your home to help keep it warm and therefore save money on energy costs?
The glorious heating that we spend so much money on might just be slipping right out of our homes into the freezing outside. Wasted. Before we give out any tips, it is really important to insulate your home. The government is currently offering free home insulation to all eligible households. For more information, click here.
Once you’re sure that your home has adequate insulation, you may want to try some or all of the tips below. This will help you save further money on heating costs and keep your house nice and warm.
1) Windows – they’re great for allowing a fresh breeze into your home on a warm summer’s day, but not so great when they allow a biting chill into your home during the dark and cold winter months. Up to 20% of the heat in your home is lost through windows and doors, so it’s a good idea to limit this. The most simple method (and perhaps the most obvious), is to install thick curtains. These will help prevent heavy draughts from cooling your home; open them in the day to let the sun in and close them as soon as it gets dark.
Another way you can limit the heat loss in your home through windows is by installing a transparent or translucent shower curtain across them. This will keep out the draughts but still allow sunlight in to heat your room. This is a preferred option for those do not wish to continuously open and close curtains.
2) Unused rooms – Based on gas central heating, it costs on average around £200 a year to heat a single room in your home. Two unused rooms and that figure doubles to £400, so why do we do it? Many of us don’t realise the actual costs of heating room by room and if we did, we would be a lot more savvy about conserving our heat.
Be sure to close off rooms that you are not using, making sure that the radiators are not switched on. Buy a draught excluder (can be purchased relatively cheaply) and block the gap under the door to prevent heat loss in the form of draughts. This will ensure that the heat you have generated in the rest of your home will be confined to a smaller area and this makes it cheaper, quicker and easier to heat your home.
3) Rugs and carpets – although heat rises, as much as 10% can still be lost through the flooring in your home. This is because the underneath of your house is not insulated like your living space. This means there are plenty of cold draughts that can work themselves through the small cracks in your floorboards. Don’t worry though, this problem is easily solved by installing a thick carpet – of course, we’re trying to save money here and so that may not be feasible for all (though it’s something to consider for the future).
If getting a new carpet fitted is not possible, a rug, preferably large, will suffice to prevent heat being lost unnecessarily through the floor boards in your home.
4) Clear the space around radiators – objects in the way of radiators, such as curtains, drying clothes and furniture can prevent heat being distributed efficiently around your home. For example, if a curtain is laid over a radiator, it will direct all of the heat straight up towards the window. This means lots of heat will be lost unnecessarily and the radiator itself will have a very small impact on the heating of the room. This may cause you to turn up the heating or put a fire on, when in fact all you needed to do was remove any obstructions.