Six ways to keep cosy and save on energy bills this winter

Posted: 22/11/2021

Each year when the clocks go back and the temperature starts to drop, we all start to think about switching the heating back on.

Heating homes accounts for over 70% of household energy consumption, and this winter energy bills could be higher due to rising fuel costs.

Even before the most recent price increase, roughly 2.38m households in the UK were classed as living in fuel poverty – which means that almost 11% of families struggle to afford keeping their homes warm.

Cutting down on how much energy we use – whilst keeping homes warm enough – not only keeps bills as low as possible but helps the environment as well.

As part of our Future Matters campaign, we want to help you reduce energy use to protect the planet and your community, and help you to save money on essential living costs.

Here are six cost-effective ways to stay warm in the coming months:

- Shut your curtains in the evening

This might sound like common sense but it really helps to keep the heat in your home. Shutting the curtains at night can reduce heat loss by 15-17%, and blinds by 13-14%.

- Use timers on your central heating

If your central heating has a timer, set it to turn on half an hour before you wake up or get home from work, on a low to medium temperature.

This is more energy-efficient than whacking it up really high for a shorter period of time, so better for the environment and better for your wallet.

- Don’t put furniture in front of the radiator

It can be tempting to put furniture, especially a sofa in front of the radiator, especially if you have a small space. But this blocks the heat, meaning that it costs more to heat up your home and uses more energy.

- Block out draughts

Shutting doors between rooms and using a draught excluder under doors and in windows is a great way to keep things toasty without turning up the heating.

If you don’t want to buy one, why not get out the needle and thread and make your own from an old piece of material. The best fillings are old clothes and stuffing from cuddly toys.

- Put tinfoil between your radiator and the wall

Ok so this one might sound a bit strange, but putting tinfoil between the inside of your radiator and the wall helps reflect the heating back into your room and not get absorbed by the wall.

- Lower your thermostat by one to two degrees

We know - this sounds bonkers when you’re trying to keep warm! But one or two degrees doesn’t make a great difference on how warm and cosy the house actually feels, but it does make a big difference on your energy bills.

If you don’t have a thermostat, try turning your radiators down a few notches when you’re out of the house. Or, how about turning them down at night and using a hot water bottle instead?!

Hopefully, these top tips will help you keep cosy and warm this winter without it costing the earth! Often, the things that we can do to help the environment can help us too 😊

Also in this section