Throughout the Winter months, our desire to stay toasty warm can mean a hike in our energy bills. Throw in the expensive festive season, and the January Sales and you can quickly find yourself praying for payday to come around.

So, we’ve put together a few handy hints on small changes you can make, in order to make a big savings on your heating bills…

Turning your thermostat down by 1°C can save you as much as £60 per year. You won’t notice that 1° temperature difference, though you will notice the extra cash in your pocket.

Leaving your heating on constantly (on a low heat) could potentially save you more cash than switching it on and off each time you need a burst of warmth. Get to grips with your central heating timer settings, or ask us to explain how to use them when we visit for your service.

Wrap up! It’s the old saying, if you’re feeling nippy… add another layer. Throw on a sweater, a pair of fluffy sock and your cosy slippers to keep warm around the house. Add a throw or extra blanket to your bed for an additional layer of warmth at night.  This way, you can leave the heating on low.

Heat your home whilst you’re making dinner. Leave the oven door open after cooking to let the heat circulate around the kitchen.

Use the right ring for the right thing! If you’re making a small amount of food, use a small pan, and heat it on the small ring of your cooker top. Heating a large pan on a small ring will take longer, using more energy in the process.

Let in the light! Even throughout the Winter, if it’s a sunny day, the light can let warmth in. Open the curtains when it’s sunny, and close them when it’s cold to keep the heat from escaping.

Have your central heating systems serviced and maintained. An in-depth service will ensure your boiler is working to it’s best. If your boiler isn’t operating at its maximum capacity, you could find that you’re shelling out way more than you should for your heating bills.

Opt for a Gas Safe Registered engineer like our guys to service your boiler, and they’ll fully test all of the components to see whether anything needs to be replaced.  The same applies for new boilers… just because it’s shiny and new doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be maintained.