10 practical ways to save money when heating your home


If your last heating bill was a nasty surprise, these money saving tips are perfect for cutting down your bills and saving energy. Many households could reduce how much they spend on heating their home, and small changes add up when it comes to saving money!

1. Turn down your hot water temperature

You shouldn’t need scalding water coming out of your taps, and turning down the heat to around 60 degrees can save you money in the long run.

2. Keep your oven door open after cooking

You’ll be surprised at how much warmer your kitchen feels, and you have already paid for that heat!

3. Turn down the thermostat by 1 degree

Lowering the thermostat by one degree won’t feel very different, but it could save you up to £75 a year!

4. Regularly check and submit your meter readings

This means you can monitor how much you are using and spending. Many energy suppliers now have an app or website where you can submit as many meter readings as you like so you can avoid estimated bills and pay for what you use.

5. Have an energy efficient boiler installed

If your boiler is on its way out, you could save a considerable amount of money in the long term with a newer boiler, like the Valiant Ecotec Plus boiler. Always get an expert heating engineer to install your new boiler, and you could save up to £200 a year.

6. Use a washing up bowl to do your dishes

Rather than running the tap, this ‘old-fashioned’ method could save you up to £25 a year!

7. Switch to a new supplier

Switching energy suppliers has never been easier, and you could save hundreds if you switch to a different tariff or supplier. Shop around for the best deals and look at the rate that best suits your energy use.

8. Layer up

It sounds simple, but before you turn up the heating, why not put a jumper or extra pair of socks on first?

9. Don’t block your radiators

If your energy bills are high and your sofa is against the radiator, try rearranging the room so that your upholstery doesn’t soak up more heat than you do!

10. Fix any issues

Dripping taps and leaky pipes can cost you more than you think. Get an experienced plumber in to fix any issues and make sure your heating system is as efficient as possible.

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