As we're now saying goodbye to what was a glorious summer (weather wise) and the winter months are fast approaching many of us will have started putting to heating on again for the first time since in months.
For a lot of us this can cause extra financial stress and worry as you try to balance keeping your house warm and comfortable against increasing energy bills. However there are some clever tips and tricks you can try to keep your house warm for less money.
Before you put the heating on it's worth bleeding all of the radiators in your house to make sure they are performing as best they can. Over time air can find it's way into the system meaning that your radiators are warm at the bottom but cold at the top.
Warm air rises and if your loft isn't well insulated that heat will escape through the roof. It's said that a quarter of heating is lost through the roof in a poorly insulated home.
Although it does require some upfront cost which isn't cheap getting your loft insulation could dramatically increase your homes ability to hold heat which will save you money in the long run.
Typical costs for getting insulation installed range from £280 - £400 and could save you between £130 - £250 a year.
Aside from the roof there are some other common areas where heat can escape from your home such as any external doors. On a cold night place your hand at the bottom of the door to see if you can feel cool air coming in from outside.
If this is the case a simple, cheap draft exluder placed at the bottom of your door will go some way to keeping this cold air out. If you don't want to spend money on a draw excluded you could also roll up an old towel and use that instead.
Most of us will get home from work on a cold winter evening and turn on the heating on full blast for a couple of hours. However it's actually more efficent to having the heating on for longer but with the temperature set lower.
On your boiler you should find a control for altering the temperature of the water inside your radiators, knocking this back but keeping your heating on for a bit longer should work better.
If you've ever felt the radiators in a school, library, coffee shop etc you'll have noticed that they do this same
Although this one if a bit of a no brainer it can save you a lot of money. Lowering your thermastat by just one degrees can saving you 10% on your heating bill.
It's said that 20 - 21 degrees should be a comfortable temperature for living rooms so if you have your thermastat set higher than this consider lowering it a few degrees. It may seem colder at first over time your body will adapt and get used to it.
If you like having your heating on during the night there's no point in heating the whole house up when you're only going to be located in one room. It's often cheaper to switch of your central heating and use an efficient electric heater or oil radiator in your bedroom overnight.
We mentioned earlier that the roof and doors can be area of heat loss but another big one is windows, especially if they are single glazed.