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5 Ways You Can Cut the Cost Of Your Heating Bills This Winter

November 10, 2014 by lucas in Money Saving Tips, Savings

Winter is a wonderful time. Everyone is feeling festive, and there is a nip in the air. But, for the money conscious homeowner, it can be something of an expensive time. Let’s face it; the cold has us reaching for the thermostat. This is something that we instantly regret when the winter heating bill lands on our doorstep.

But there are some savvy ways that you can keep warm this year and cut the cost of your heating bill. Yes, really. It’s not just a myth. We promise you won’t have to wear an extra jumper in the process too.

1.    Compare Energy Providers and Slash Your Bills

In the UK, we love to compare costs. Look at the myriad of adverts on television demanding us to compare, compare, compare. But, despite the annoying adverts, comparing your energy bills is one of the best ways to cut your costs without having to layer-up. LPG offers a comparison service. So, it may be wise to check your current bills and see where you stand. If you can get it cheaper, make a change. You could be quid’s in by the time summer comes round.

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2.    Replace Your Boiler

Did you know that the age of your boiler can determine the cost of your heating? Old boilers are notorious for wasting heat. So, your boiler needs to be in premium condition to get the most from it. You may not need a new boiler, but an annual servicing should ensure that you are getting the most from it. If your boiler is over 15 years old, it will waste 60% of the heat it transmits. Save yourself a fortune and get your boiler checked. It may be time to invest in a new one.

3.    It’s Time to Insulate

Everyone seems to have gone insulating mad. But, if you are keen to see a significant saving on your heating bills for the long term, it may be savvy to opt for insulation. Go for wall cavity and loft insulation to ensure that you are trapping heat. This is free in some cases as government grants have been issued. So, you don’t have to spend a penny to save over £200 per year. Remember, cavity wall insulation is for life, not just for winter.

4.    Upgrade Your Radiators

Your radiators could be a drain on your bank balance. To ensure that they are working to full capacity, bleed them every six months. This means that they will be free of dirt and debris and free to circulate hot air with ease.  New valves can ensure that you are monitoring the heat in a more robust way. So, if it’s too hot, turn it down. This will save you a bundle.

5.    Monitor Your Bills

While it may be dull to track your bills, you need to take action before your bills become a problem. Ensure that you know how much you are spending. Check what you are being charged for. Remember, monitoring your monthly statement means that you can correct any costly mistakes.