Cheap and Effective Ways of Cutting Down on Your Heating Bills

For most of us, the sole idea that winter is coming in a few months sends a chill down the spine. And no, it’s not because of the temperatures! It’s because this also means we’ll have to pay more on heating the house.

If you are in such a situation, and you dread the thought of high heating bills, it’s time to start thinking outside the box. There are many clever ways to keep the bills in balance during the winter, and you don’t even have to invest that much. So let’s take a look at how you can keep your house spending under control.

Thermal insulation of pipes (isolamento termico dei tubi)

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Identify and eliminate all drafts

Where there’s a draft, the heat is not kept inside as it should. Besides the heat leakage, you also could get extra humidity which, in time, could translate into mold forming on your walls or around windows. This further leads to health problems, and the chain could go on. So, the very first thing you have to do is identify all the air leaks in the house.

The most common places where it’s most likely to get a draft are as follows:

  • Door thresholds – if you can see light from outside under the door, then it means that all the heat will go right out through that small gap. In time, thresholds subside but you should have a way to adjust their height. So, if you see a gap, make sure to lift the thresholds just enough to cover it.
  • Worn weather-stripping – doors and windows are the ones generating the most draft-related issues in a home. That’s why they are equipped with weather-stripping that should fill in the gaps that show up with time. However, you should check it every year to make sure it’s in good condition.
  • Electrical boxes and outlets – these are also draft culprits, especially when installed in the exterior walls.

Think twice when selecting windows and doors

When you build the house, you are tempted to save wherever you can, but windows and doors are not the ones to be cheap about! If you don’t want to be sorry later, you must consider the best models on the market. For instance, modern windows are designed to save energy and allow as much natural light inside the house. Even more, most of the new models also support noise isolation which may come in handy if you live in a neighborhood with many young children. With such a model you’ll manage to keep the noise outside and the heat inside regardless of the situation.

Inspect the outside of the house

If you managed to cover drafts and your windows are designed to save energy, then the problem may be with the house insulation. For instance, if the attic is not properly insulated, all the hot air will escape through there. Even more, you should also consider insulating the attic door.

Finally, you should inspect the air ducts as these tend to get pulled apart at corners. Like every type of installation, this one also needs constant maintenance so make sure to check everything up before winter sets in.

In the end, it all comes to preparedness. The house and all the installations should be checked out thoroughly before winter sets in. And now, that you managed to save all that money that used to go on heating bills, you have enough to take that winter trip you wanted. As you can see, this is a win-win

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18 Comments

  1. July 16, 2016 / 8:21 am

    Great tips! We get an awful draft from our conservatory which we must look at -this post has prompted us now!!

    • July 16, 2016 / 8:34 am

      Glad to hear that, I hate nothing more than being cold

  2. July 15, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    Great tips – I have double glazing and cavity insulation so are pretty cosy! Kaz x

    • July 15, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      It’s amazing what difference having double glazing makes

  3. July 13, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    We have had all our insulation replaced which should really help

    • July 13, 2016 / 7:55 pm

      I think it will definitely

  4. July 13, 2016 / 9:54 am

    Some good tips and especially about draughts as it does make a huge difference x

    • July 13, 2016 / 10:24 am

      It sure does.
      Thanks Rachel

  5. July 13, 2016 / 7:04 am

    These are great tips. I hate being cold but as a stay at home mum I can not afford the heat on all day just for me when everyone else is out .

    • July 13, 2016 / 10:16 am

      Thanks and I can understand your worry

  6. July 12, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Great tips, thanks for sharing these ideas xx

    • July 13, 2016 / 9:35 am

      Thanks for stopping by

  7. July 12, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    I was told to put tin foil behind the radiators years ago, and use draft excluders. Simple ideas that work. Love your post.

    • July 12, 2016 / 4:14 pm

      Thanks Melissa and good tips

  8. July 12, 2016 / 11:26 am

    I live in such a insulated building that during winter we never need to put on the heating. If I get cold I put on my onesie and make myself a hot tea but for heating bills I never have that problem. I should also say our building is a block of flat and new built. xxx

    • July 12, 2016 / 12:09 pm

      That’s amazing to have such insulation that you don’t really need much heating if any

  9. July 12, 2016 / 6:56 am

    I have absolutely experienced this fear. I have a pre pay meter so it’s tough to keep the price down. I have kept it because it stops a huge unexpected bill popping through the letter box but I do wonder if I could save money long term switching?! Great advice I will look into it x

    • July 12, 2016 / 7:14 am

      Glad this post gave you food for thought

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