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Keep warm and save


When the winter comes, concerns over rising fuel bills can reduce your festive spirit. Instead of following people around turning off lights and turning the heating off while wearing six layers, there are some smart energy saving ideas to try instead so you can relax in the knowledge that you can feel comfortable and save some money too.

Many people do not fully understand how their heating system functions. Read the manual and take some time to learn what makes your system tick. You can then use the controls correctly and heat your home in the most cost-effective way.

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Turning your thermostat down by just one degree can save around £ 75 a year and you really will not see much difference in terms of temperature.

Using a hot water bottle in bed at night is much cheaper than running an electric blanket. Under a blanket, your body will warm itself meaning that thick blankets and hot water bottles should be sufficient.

Pull furniture away from radiators. If you have a couch sitting against the heater, it will absorb all the heat and stop it from escaping into the room. It’s also advisable not to hang wet laundry on your radiator as this lowers the amount of heat that is released into the room and the boiler must run longer to maintain the same room temperature.

Think about switching to a more efficient radiator. Aluminium radiators heat up quickly, using less water and so are a very good cost-effective, energy-saving choice for your home. For Aluminium Radiators UK, visit a site like

Think about installing thermostatic radiator valves. They work by allowing you to control the heating chamber by room, so any room that is not used can have the heating turned off. Insulating your hot water tank is another good idea.

Radiator reflector panels also work well as heat can be lost if the radiator sits on the external wall. Foil reflector panels help to reflect heat back into the room and you do not need to remove the radiator to fit them.

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Checking your attic insulation is an important way to ensure you do not lose too much heat. About a quarter of a home’s heat is lost through the roof if you do not have enough insulation. An ideal amount should be about 11 inches of insulation thickness.

Wall insulation is also important and 35% of heat can be lost in an uninsulated house through the wall. If there is a wall cavity, then think about getting them filled and it will save you money in the long run.

Hanging thick curtains on a glass door is another way to prevent heat loss and check around for any areas that might let in a draft. Letter boxes, old windows and even door locks can let heat escape so think about the draft excluders or a letter box cover.