10 Ways to Save on your Heating Bills
We all want to know how to save on heating bills.
And there are many ways to your heating bills. From quick wins to more long-term investments here are 10 ways to save on your heating bills.
Before we get started, was your boiler installed more than 10 years ago? Then the best way to lower your heating bills is by installing a new replacement boiler.
Average UK heating bill
On average, UK homeowners are spending £557 a year to heat their homes and hot water.
According to Ofgem, there are 46 gas suppliers in the UK. So if you shop around a bit there’s a good chance that you’ll find a cheaper tariff.
How to save on heating bills
Insulation is key to keeping your bills down. Without insulation, heat can make its way out of your home. This means that your boiler will have to work harder which will drive up your heating bills.
So making sure your home is well insulated will keep the heat within the walls.
There are many types of insulation and insulating your roof and loft is a must. You should also insulate cavity walls, solid walls and the floor.
Older boilers are temperamental and unreliable. They’re generally less energy efficient too.
Avoid being hit by the new laws by looking at Boiler Guide's comparison tool. Homeowners, you should also think about installing a new boiler if you're looking to cut your energy bills.
Get Boiler Quotes
3. Double or triple glazing
All properties lose heat through their windows, but double or even triple glazing can keep your home warmer and quieter, as well as reducing your energy bills. Double glazed windows have two sheets of glass with a gap in between, which traps the heat in, making your property more comfortable and energy efficient.
Although triple glazed windows have three sheets of glass, they aren't always better than double glazed options, so always assess the best choice for your property. Again, landlords should consider changing their windows if the property does not reach upcoming energy efficiency requirements.
4. Heavy curtains
If you don't have a lot of money to spend on energy efficiency improvements, there are cheaper options for you to consider. One of the easiest ways to keep your property warm is with heavy curtains.
Find curtains with thermal lining, or line your current ones yourself with cheap fabric. Putting thick curtains up in every room will protect your property from losing heat through the windows. And remember, drawing your curtains at dusk will help to keep the heat in when the cold nights set in.
One of the cheapest and most efficient ways to save energy and money is by draught-proofing your property. If you have any gaps around windows, doors and floors, cold air will be let in and the heat will be let out.
To effectively draught-proof your property, block up any unwanted gaps that let cold air in. This way, you will save the warm air in your home and therefore use less energy.
6. Programmable thermostats
Whether you're a homeowner or a landlord providing a home to tenants, it is a good idea to use programmable thermostats throughout your property.
These tools allow you to set on and off time periods for your boiler and select different temperatures in your home at different times of the day. This means that your property will be heated up when it needs to be, and you can save money when you don't need the heating on.
7. Insulate the pipes
If you don't already, it is a good idea to look into insulating the pipes throughout your property. This will reduce the amount of heat lost, so you spend less on heating water up and the hot water stays warm for longer. Slipping pipe insulation around any exposed hot water pipes is easy if the pipes are accessible, and you can often complete the task yourself.
In addition, you may want to...
8. Insulate your hot water tank
Similarly to pipe insulation, using a hot water tank jacket on an uninsulated tank will save energy and money. All jackets should be at least 75mm thick, which will cut heat loss by more than 75%.
Hot water tank jackets cost around £15, and you'll be pleased to know that it would take less than six months for the fuel saving to pay the jacket off.
Not only is this an easy way to keep your property warm this winter, but it is cost effective too.
9. Keep the doors open
The debate over whether you should keep your doors open or closed has been going back and forth for some time, although it is widely believed that keeping the air flow going is important for your property.
Make sure that your internal doors are open throughout your home and you will keep the warm air moving through. If your doors are closed, the air flow process becomes slower, which uses more energy than allowing the heat to circulate.
Although you may want to keep the warmth contained, you will be better off allowing the heat to flow through your home.
10. Floor coverings
An easy and fairly cheap way to stop heat escaping through the floor (and to keep your toes warm!) is with floor coverings. This could be a nice cosy carpet or a rug in rooms that have wooden/linoleum floors.
Although this won't make as much difference as floor insulation, it is still a simple way to keep your property warm. If you're a landlord that provides furnished accommodation, consider putting rugs in your property as the winter arrives - I'm sure your tenants will appreciate the thought.
No matter what time of year it is, it’s a good idea to start putting a plan together now that will keep your property warm year round. And remember, spending a bit of money now could save you in the long run.
Save on heating bills with a grant
You could get help paying your heating bills thanks to one of a number of government schemes.
Warm Home Discount
The Warm Home Discount can save eligible energy customers £140 a year on their electricity bills. Great news if you have an electric heating system.
Work from Home Tax Relief
If your employer needs you to work from home then you can apply for Working From Home Tax Relief.
This is a government scheme which entitles you to tax relief of £6 a week for the entire tax year. That works out at £1.20 each week if you pay the basic 20% tax rate.
Make a biggest cut to heating bills
If you’re really paying over the odds for heating, the best thing to do is replace your boiler.
While this does need an initial investment you could cut your heating bills by up to £300 per year. So you could earn what you paid to install a new boiler back in a few years.
How much does a boiler cost?
A new boiler can cost £1,500 to £4,500. This includes installation by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
How much you end up paying will depend on the boiler you have installed. Prices vary depending on the type of boiler, manufacturer and model.
Use our Boiler Comparison Tool to find the best boiler for your home.
Then, on top of the price of the boiler, you’ll also need to think about the installation costs.
Save money on the installation
Comparing quotes from at least 3 installers can save you money on the installation of a new boiler.
All boiler installers set their own rates. And by going ahead with the first quote you get, you won’t know if you’re being overcharged. Plus, it gives you a better chance of finding the right person for the job.
So find the best boiler installers near you today to upgrade your heating system and save on your heating bills.