Now that colder weather is firmly on its way, it is likely that once again many of us will be weighing up whether to wrap up in yet another jumper or whether the time has come to finally turn on the heating for winter. While many of us are reluctant to incur the costs that can come with heating your home, there are some ways to ensure that you’re getting the most of your heating system.
One of the most effective things you can do is to invest in a smart thermostat. These are different to the smart meters given to you by your gas and electric supplier; rather than just being able to monitor your energy consumption, smart thermostats allow you to actively control the temperature of your house from either your phone or tablet. Some thermostats even take local weather reports into consideration, adjusting the temperature accordingly and ensuring that you’re not heating your house – and therefore spending your money – unnecessarily.
Another investment to consider is underfloor heating. Although this can be a little pricey, it is ultimately a much more economically efficient method of heating a house – so, if you plan on being in your property for a number of years, underfloor heating could save you money in the long-run.
Making sure that your pipes are properly lagged and that you have minimised draughts is also a key way to save money on your heating bills, as well as reducing the risk of having to mend costly frozen pipes later on in the year!