According to auto-switching service, Migrate, there are some very easy and simple changes you can make in your home which will enable you to maximise the warmth being kicked off by radiators and heaters.
The first step is to ensure you keep out the draughts. Indeed, Migrate said preventing heat from escaping through gaps could help the average household save up to £20 a year.
George Chalmers CEO of Migrate explained the most efficient ways of reducing heat loss, such as cavity and loft insulation, can have high up-front costs, meaning that they just aren’t an option for some people.
He advised checking whether you’re eligible for a grant to help with the costs before dismissing it completely. But if you are not eligible, there are plenty of other things you can do to keep out the cold and make the most of the heat.
“These tips are cheap and easy to implement and could help people stay warm this winter while keeping energy costs down,” he added.
There are many inexpensive options for keeping out the chill including draught-proofing strips for windows and door frames and draught excluders for doorways and letterboxes.
Migrate suggests, for the creatives amongst you, going online to find the many guides for creating DIY draught excluders. Alternatively you can buy them online for as little as £5 to £10.
Consider installing radiator reflectors, which redirect heat radiated from the back of your radiators back into to the room instead of through the walls. It can reduce lost energy by as much as 45%, said Migrate, and will help you save up to £40 on your energy bills per year.
The initial outlay for packs of reflectors is between £22 and £50. However, you can make your own by wrapping a thin piece of card in tinfoil and placing it behind the radiators.
It might sound simple, but moving any furniture which is covering radiators or other heat sources will have a huge impact on the warmth of your room.
Migrate advises ensuring all radiators are clear to ensure you gain the maximum benefit from your vital heat source.
Reduce chimney heat loss
If you have a chimney, consider using a chimney balloon, umbrella or sheep when it’s not in use to stop draughts to and prevent warm air escaping.
Migrate said it’s more efficient to set the timer on your boiler, to give rooms adequate time to heat up, rather than cranking up the dial when you feel cold.
This is because boilers heat up at constant speed, no matter what the temperature.
Make use of oven heat
Instead of closing the oven door when you finish cooking, leave it open and allow all the hot air to heat the room.
When you turn on your heating, take a moment to check that radiators are heating all the way to the top, if not, then you probably need to bleed them, Migrate said.
This will help release the air that’s trapped at the top of your radiators which stops the hot water from rising. Use a radiator bleed key – these cost just a few pounds from a DIY store – to turn the valve at the top of your radiator.
You’ll hear a hiss as the air escapes, and as soon as you see a drop of water, close the valve again for energy-efficient radiators.
Another very simple one – make good use of your curtains. Keep them open during the day to ensure your home benefits from any heat from the sun. At sun set, draw them closed again to stop any heat escaping.
Chalmers added: “The best way to make big savings on your bills is to simply migrate your supplier, and with Migrate you’ll only ever have to do this once and we’ll continue to save your money, year after year.”