In readiness for Autumn / Winter, now is a great time to take care of some simple jobs around the house to help ensure it’s more energy efficient. Heating your home is an expensive commodity, so you will want to get the most out of your domestic heating oil this autumn to ensure you have a plentiful supply for the colder weather. There are some easy ways in which you can do this.
Improving insulation is very effective. Plus, nobody wants to spend their money on heating fuel only for it to escape. A well-insulated home will hold onto heat longer, so you are getting the most out of your fuel. Whilst there are some major insulation improvements you can make, there are plenty of low cost, simpler options too.
The roof and loft are where approximately 25% of heat is lost. Improving your loft insulation is often considered the area which has the biggest financial return. The recommended level of insulation is around 270mm. If adding insulation, it’s also important to remember to insulate any water pipes and tanks within your loft. This is because it will become much colder due to no heating escaping up there.
Why spend money on premium heating oils when your home isn’t even draught proofed? Approximately 20% of heat is lost through windows. If you don’t already have double glazing and aren’t able to upgrade your windows at the moment you could opt for applying glazing film. Glazing film can be applied yourself for a relatively low cost and works to help reduce window draughts. It’s worthwhile taking a good look at your doors and skirting boards to see where other flows of cold air are sneaking in. Draught excluder tape can also be applied here. There are plenty of other options too, including hanging thermal lined curtains, using rugs and draught excluder cushions.
Ensuring your boiler has been serviced will help to keep it in good working condition and running efficiently. The last thing you want is to need a repair during winter and possibly be without heating or hot water. Technicians are also in higher demand during the winter period so it’s highly recommended to have this done in plenty of time. This also helps to improve efficiency, ensuring that you get the most out of your heating fuel.
Review Your Fuel Consumption
If you aren’t already familiar with how much central heating oil you use, or how often you need to top up your tank during Autumn / Winter, now is a good time to review this. By understanding how long your heating fuel will typically last in cold weather, including how much you use on a weekly basis, will help you to plan when to top up. This also helps you to avoid running out and allows you to order heating oil in plenty of time, which gives you the best price if you book on to the 10-day economy delivery service.
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