As winter draws near, the thought of increased heating bills may fill you with dread; however, there are many ways in which you can save money on your winter heating bills to leave you with more money to spend on that all-important summer holiday!
Choosing a provider
One of the simplest ways to cut your energy bills is to look at whether you would be financially better off if you switched suppliers. Just as you would if you were making a broadband comparison, it is easy enough to go online and compare the deals offered by the various energy suppliers. Whether or not you decide to stay with your existing supplier, there is money to be saved by using the same supplier for your gas and electricity as well as paying your bills by direct debit and maybe even by using online rather than paper billing.
Apart from the big six energy suppliers in the UK, there are some smaller suppliers that could offer you a significant saving. Whoever your supplier is, make sure you are being offered the cheapest tariff and ensure that you understand the tariff you are on and how it is worked out. Most suppliers will not put you on their cheapest tariff unless you ask them about it, so it is worth examining your options.
Changes you can make to your home
As well as saving money by making sure you are using the cheapest and most appropriate supplier for you, there are savings you can make to your heating bills by changing your set-up at home.
Make sure that you have wall and loft insulation, as not having these can mean that you could be losing up to 33% of the heat in your home, so you will be paying for heating you cannot use. In addition, try to ensure that windows, doors, floors and fireplaces that are not in use are also insulated from draughts.
Special foil panels inserted behind your radiators mean that more of the heat will be in your rooms, which will ultimately reduce your bills. Savings can also be made by installing heating controls on your radiators, which allow you to control the temperature in each room.
If you are in need of a new boiler it is possible to apply for Green Deal finance, which enables you to take out a low-cost loan to make energy-saving home improvements that can be paid back through your energy bills. Provided that you need one, having a new boiler that is more energy efficient is a
great way to save money on bills.
Finally, if you can keep yourself warm you will not need the heating on as much, thereby saving money on your bills. Wearing an extra layer of clothing and doing some exercise are just two of the ways that you can achieve this.
So, there are many ways to save money on your heating bills this winter, all of which only require a small amount of effort for decent potential returns.
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