Skip to main content

Heating Bills Too High? Here's How To Cut Some Costs


Is your home leaking money? Do you find that every time you put your heating on, you can guarantee there will be an enormous bill arriving a month later? If so, you are in good company. The average household spends far more than they need to on heating bills. And it’s bad for your finances, the environment, and your ability to save for a better future. With this in mind, I thought I would give you some simple tips on how to cut your heating costs by a significant amount. Let’s get started right away.

Switch your supplier

First of all, when was the last time you changed your electricity and gas supplier? There’s a good chance that you have never done it at all! Almost one in two households are still with the same energy supplier, despite the fact there are better deals almost everywhere else. Providers offer all their best deals to new customers and rely on people not switching - which is where they get a lot of their profits. Look around at price comparison websites and see if you can snag yourself a better deal.


Switch your system

It’s worth investing a little money on upgrading your heating system, too. Look at what you have, and seek alternatives. For example, underfloor heating tends to be more efficient than radiators. Heat pumps can save you around 30% of our annual heating bill. And a new, up-to-date boiler system will reduce your energy use by a significant amount, too. If you haven’t upgraded your heating for the last five years or so, think about doing so now.



Limit your thermostat

You won’t believe the difference that lowering your thermostat will make to your heating bill. Even dropping it by a single degree can give you a 10% reduction in your bills every year. Just think what you can save if you could limit your thermostat by five degrees or so? If you have a habit of waiting until your home is cold before whacking up the heating, think again. You might be better off having it on all the time, but at a lower temperature so it never gets cold.

Insulate

Insulation is what keeps the hit in your home, and the cold out. Start by ensuring your roof is insulated, followed by the attic floor. You should see an immediate impact on your home\’s ability to trap heat. You should also investigate cavity wall insulation. It can be a little expensive, but the heat you will save is phenomenal. Finally, plug up any gaps in your doors, windows, and floorboards. Again, the cost savings will more than outweigh the expense in time or money.

Look after your water


Finally, make sure you are watching the temperature of your water. Turn it down a little - even going from scalding to hot can save you plenty of dollars each year. Start using the 30 degrees setting on your washing machine, too. It will save you almost three-quarters of the cost of washing at its hottest temperature. And while that might not seem much per wash, it soon adds up over the year.



Any more tips to add? Let us know about them in the comments!  

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Prilosec OTC $25 Rebate plus a $100 AMEX Giveaway

Hey Neighbors! Do you suffer from heartburn? I do sometimes. I personally can not eat really spicy foods. Problem? I LOVE MEXICAN! So does my whole family. My husband enjoys really spicy foods and sometimes suffers from it. Solution? Have you heard about Prilosec OTC? If not perhaps you would like to try it. Prilosec OTC has a special offer going on right now through February 15th. Buy 2 Prilosec OTC and get $25 back. Now, I personally have not tried Prilosec OTC yet. But according to the site: "How and Why Prilosec OTC® Works Prilosec OTC Blocks Heartburn When you eat, millions of tiny pumps in your stomach lining create acid to break down food. Normally your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) works as a door, opening and closing to let food pass from your esophagus HEARTBURN GLOSSARY Esophagus: Tube connecting the mouth to the stomach; a passageway for food; part of the digestive

Polar FA20 Activity Watch Review and Giveaway

Hi Neighbors, Well, I am out of the hospital, but I am not allowed to be very active yet, so I asked my daughter to test out this new item. It is an Activity Watch. What a great item for Get Out Get Active! The Polar FA20 counts your daily physical activity. First you need to set the basic information. The date, units (metric or imperial), your weight, height, birth date, and male or female. Place the FA20 on your wrist to measure your physical activity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This watch monitors your activity and gives you feedback about how you are doing. Everyone should be physically active at least 30 minutes each day, and the FA20 helps you achieve this. Throughout your day you can check and see if you are having a Lazy Day (active less than 30 minutes), Easy Day (active 30 to 60 minutes), Active Day (active 60 to 75 minutes) or an Intensive Day (active more than 75 minutes). You can also record your training sessions to learn more about how your body respon

Omron Heart Rate Monitor Review and Giveaway

Hey Neighbors, Another great product for the Get Out and Get Active! An Omron Heart Rate Monitor ($59.99)! Once again due to my disc problem my daughter was the one to try this out. This is seriously not fair! Anyway, one of the great things about a heart rate monitor is that you can make sure you are exercising in your zone. You can monitor your heart rate and then adjust your pace for either a slower workout or a more intensive workout. This monitor comes witha high and low alert so you can make sure you stay right where you are supposed to. Not overdoing it, yet not taking it too easy! You can wear the wrist receiver on your wrist, or you can mount it on your bike or treadmill so it is easy for you to read. This Omron Heart Rate Monitor comes with: 1-Wrist Receiver Watch 1-Transmitter 1-Transmitter Strap (Chest size 29" to 55") 1-Receiver Mounting Bracket 1-Storage Case 2-"Lithium" Batteries (installed) 1-Instruction Manual (Above nice carry cas