We’ve put together some handy tips to help you be prepared and keep warm this winter. You can do a lot to your home to help make it more energy efficient, from adding loft insulation to installing double glazing, however there are also plenty of smaller, low cost things you can do to stay warm this winter.
Get Smart With Your Heating Controls
The weather is at its coldest just before sunrise so it’s useful to set your timer for your heating to come on before you wake. If you wake up to a cold house and then switch your heating on, it can take your body much longer to warm up again so you’re likely to leave your heating on longer. The same goes for setting your timer for before you return home. Coming in from the cold to an equally cold house will have the same effect.
You can set your thermostat to different temperatures at various times of day with most modern heating systems. Whilst everyone prefers different temperatures, the NHS recommend keeping your bedroom at a minimum of 18 degrees Celsius. This is to prevent you from breathing in cold air whilst you sleep.
Stop the Draught
You can lose money when it comes to your heating bills from draughts around the home causing a chill. It’s worth spending a little time patching them up. Insulating tape for windows and doors, and draught excluders are available online and in the shops, without breaking the bank. Drawing your curtains at dusk will also help to keep the heat inside as the temperature drops.
Keep an Eye on the Weather Forecast
It’s wise to keep an eye on the forecast and make sure you’re prepared as the weather gets colder. It’s always worth taking the time to prepare for extreme weather so that you’re not caught out. For example, having torches and batteries on hand in case of power cuts, making sure your home is insured for damage that may be caused by weather and having any loose roof tiles repaired before stormy weather arrives. Keeping an eye on your tank level is important at this time of year as increased demand for heating oil, coupled with winter road conditions mean that emergency deliveries may not always be available.
Many insurers also recommend keeping your heating to 13 degrees Celsius as a minimum in order to help prevent burst pipes. The met office provide some useful tips on being prepared for the weather and advice on preparing a winter kit for your car.
Get the Most Out of Your Radiators
Bleeding your radiators regularly to keep them working well is quite a well known tip, however you can also reflect your radiator heat to really make the most of it. You can purchase reflector sheets online for a relatively reasonable cost. Simply place them behind your radiators to reflect heat back into the room.
Let Dinner Warm You Up
We all know that a nice hot meal can warm you up. However it’s easy to forget that you can also keep warm from the heat in your oven. Once you close the door all that heat has gone to waste. After the oven is turned off you could leave the door open and let the heat warm your kitchen while you eat. Making sure little ones and pets are kept away from it goes without saying but handy fuel tips such as this help to make the most out of some already generated heat!
Don’t forget to get your boiler serviced if you haven’t already. Looking after your boiler will help keep it working efficiently and running longer, saving you money in the long run. Click here to read more fuel tips to help you get the most out of your heating.
A Helping Hand
Winter can be a worrying time for many as energy bills rise. You might be able to take advantage of grants and benefits to help cover the cost. The government offer a winter fuel payment, and a warm home discount. Click here for more information and to check if you’re eligible. To get a quote for your next heating oil order click here.