Winter is well and truly here, and households across the UK are starting to feel the chill.
With this winter seeing the largest amount of snowfall in years, and Britain set to be colder than Antarctica, it looks to be the most expensive year yet. So, it’s time to bring out your fluffy socks, pop on that onesie and snuggle down with our practical tips on how to save money this season.
Insulate, Insulate, Insulate!
Properly insulating your windows this winter is essential to keep your home toasty and warm. By preventing draughts, you’re allowing less heat to escape from your rooms, meaning your heating can be turned down and your house will still be cosy. If you’re looking for a great, stylish way to insulate your home this winter, why not try installing shutters?
As well as offering homeowners a way to upgrade their decor, shutters are excellent insulators as, when closed fully, they create a solid block that stops droughts and cold air from entering the room, meaning you can stay warm while saving money – a win win!
Top tip: If you’re looking for the ultimate insulation, Full Height Shutters are the perfect option. Covering the window from top to bottom with a single panel, they are the best option for keeping your home warm. If you’re looking for expert blind services in London, LondonBlinds4U have an extensive range of blinds and shutters suitable for your every need.
There’s an App for that
If you have a thermostat that can connect to your mobile, and you ignore the highly annoying TV advert, HIVE might be the way forward for you. This clever app lets you control your heating straight from your phone and means you can even schedule when your boiler and hot water turns on. With additional settings that allow you to turn off your home appliances and lights, and a Frost Protection setting that automatically activates your heating when it’s off and the temperature drops below 7°C, it’s a nifty little app that could save you bucket loads in the long run.
Wrap up warm
There’s no point in complaining about the cold when you’re sat at home in shorts and a vest. Although it can be tempting to crank up the heating and bask in the warm glow of the radiator, the costs soon add up. Think back to your student days – pop on a jumper (or 4), tuck those joggers into your socks and quit complaining!
Companies like Money Supermarket and GoCompare are great for comparing energy bills, with annual savings of around £300 a year. Regularly comparing gas and energy tariffs can help you make sure you’re not being ripped off. If you’ve always been with the same provider, changing can seem a bit daunting but, with online services and easy to fill forms, it’s really simple and most suppliers will provide a hugely discounted rate for new customers.
Top tip: Standard tariffs are often more expensive – make sure you’re paying for what you actually use, not just what’s estimated.
There are so many things you can do to reduce your costs this winter. By following a few of our simple tricks, you’ll start to see a real impact in both your home and your bank account – you never know, you may even be able to afford those extra drinks on New Year’s Eve!