Eight easy ways to keep your home warm without spending money on heating
Winter is coming … and so are the rising electricity and gas bills due to Ireland’s lovely cold but frigid weather.
While many homes in this country are built to keep the heat out, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be expensive to keep them warm.
We’ve rounded up all the top tips for saving on heating costs using a few simple and smart tips around your home.
Plan around your life
As more and more people work from home and have to keep it warm all day long, there are still times when no one is around and you needlessly heat the house.
Sometimes people have a habit of turning on the heat when you don’t need it, so be sure to turn it on for the bag.
Another great way to make sure you’re optimizing your home’s heating is to schedule it.
There are some amazing tech options like Nest or Hive that let you set up a routine or turn the heat on and off remotely – you might be on your way home from work and don’t want to be greeted by ice cubes.
If you turn up your heating and use a thermostat, pay attention to the number of degrees you increase.
The Irish Sustainable Energy Authority says that if you lower the temperature by one degree, you can reduce your energy bill by 10%.
Even if you don’t believe in feng shui, moving your furniture around during the colder months can help save you money.
If you have sofas or other furniture pressed against radiators covering them, you are preventing heat from circulating in the room.
By blocking them even partially, you are wasting money, so it is best to let the hot air circulate freely.
When thinking about where to place your sofa, keep in mind that the exterior walls are cooler because the insulation keeps the air warm inside.
Bleed your radiators
Although it may seem obvious, many people forget that it is important to check if your heaters are working properly.
It is recommended that you purge your radiators once a year as air can become trapped in them, which can prevent them from circulating hot water.
Whether you live in an older house or a newer construction, drafts can be the bane of your existence.
Finding and fixing drafts can be costly, depending on whether it requires a new door, window, or insulating spaces in sideboards.
However, an inexpensive and effective way to stop pesky drafts is to purchase a windbreaker or bottom brooms that prevent hot air from escaping and are financially easier on your pockets.
While these might not be long term solutions, adding upholstery, such as curtains or rugs, can be a cheaper option.
Uninsulated floors are guilty of losing 10% of the heat in homes. Therefore, by adding a stylish rug or moving your existing rug, you can fill in the gaps in wood floors.
The same goes for curtains, as thick curtains help retain heat and act as a barrier between the room and the cold that passes through your windows.
You might be used to just one energy supplier, but that doesn’t mean they offer the best value for money.
Just like when you get insurance quotes or find the best Wi-Fi provider, it’s a good idea to shop around and find the best energy or gas provider for you and your family’s needs.
Block your chimney
A magnificent feature in many Irish homes is a fireplace and although they may look beautiful, they can also be responsible for great heat loss.
It may be necessary to plug your chimney, especially if you are not using it but be careful to consult an expert before doing so as it could be a fire hazard if you do not know what you are doing.
A good option is a chimney ball, which can be inflated and glued to your fireplace to prevent air leaks.
While we’ve said that obstructing the heater can prevent heat from moving around your room, there is a piece of furniture that can help.
By hanging a shelf above a radiator, you can actually increase the heat distribution more evenly rather than letting it rise directly to the ceiling.