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How to save money during cold weather snaps

pug wrapped in a blanket
Mark Cleaver, our National Sales Manager has shared his top tips on how to save money on your heating bills, and heat proofing your home, as the temperatures drop. 

Turn your thermostat down
“It might sound obvious but one of the simplest things you can do to save energy and money is to turn your thermostat down by just one degree. 
“This isn’t going to have a huge impact on the warmth of your home, so you won’t lose that cosy and snuggly feeling, but you’d be surprised at how this can help your energy bills. In fact, it’s estimated that doing this can save up to £80 from your heating bill as a result*.”

A bleeding good idea!
“We all know that radiators are absolutely vital as we look to heat our home in colder temperatures, but to maximise efficiency, ensure all of your radiators have been bled well ahead of time. Bleeding makes sure that your radiators are heating right to the very top, getting rid of any trapped air that could be stopping hot water circulation. 

“If you want to be super savvy when it comes to saving energy and money on your heating, consider fitting a thermostatic radiator valve to help regulate and adjust the flow of water in to your radiator. As the room temperature changes, the valve will expand or open meaning your radiator will come on and off as needed. 

“Also, be conscious of putting clothes on your radiators as this can trap heat that will not then reach the rest of the room and means you end up wasting money trying to heat the space and making your heating work that much harder.

Get to the roof of the problem 
“A massive 30% of your home’s heat is lost through its roof, so if your loft isn’t insulated then you are wasting both heat and money. 

“Making sure you have a loft that is properly insulated with the right heat-trapping materials takes little effort and can make a monumental difference to retaining warmth, particularly in larger homes.”


Make sure you’re prepared 
“Whether it means ordering in a couple more blankets or checking that you have some thick duvets for those long dark nights, getting prepared ahead of time is crucial. However, with Calor, we can take care of your energy levels with our auto-ordering technology automatically, we can monitor your fuel levels and ensures it is replenished to keep your home cosy all winter long. If you have LPG and don’t have auto-ordering, it is wise to check your energy levels and order ahead to be prepared for winter.

 

*Stat from the Energy Saving Trust and based a typical, gas-heated three-bedroom semi home https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/blog/take-control-your-heating-home