Lower the flow temp of your combi boiler to 50-60°c (check your setup here before adjusting) – This is a great way of saving ~£100+ per year if you have it set much higher
Drop your home heating down by
Chimney Balloon or excluder (for those with fireplaces that aren’t used often) ()
Thermal curtains (DIY or on sites like eBay https://10ws.co/3Uz3x8z) and get into the habit of opening them up when the sun is out (for free home heating even in winter) and closing them as soon as it gets dark again.
If you work from home consider heating yourself only and not your whole house
Thermal baselayers, socks, midlayers and outer layers. Layering is key!
Check you’re only heating the house when people are home (you can use a smart thermostat for this)
Move furniture away from radiators so you stop heating your sofa and not the house
A stunning pair of slippers
Drop your home thermostat down at least 1°c, remember 18°c is perfectly healthy for most people (children, elderly and unwell may need it closer to 21°c)
Remember turning up your thermostat when it’s really cold won’t speed up the heating of your home, if you’re still cold try other things first and then consider adjusting the time the heating turns on.
Remember turning off your heating can cause issues like condensation, mould growth, dangerous temperatures and burst pipes + can really hurt your mental health!
Have friends over (more bodies = warmer house) and ask everyone to bring a dish etc so the costs are reduced, consider things like reading book club, gaming nights, TV nights, clothes swap parties, exercising together etc
Do 30 mins of exercise per day to stay healthy and heat up
Have your boiler safety checked + serviced each year, yes there is a cost but having something safe and efficient is worth it
Have sex 4-8 times per week (to keep nice and warm) 20 minutes of vigorous activity (if you can last that long) will warm you up and keep you warm for a good amount of time afterwards + a healthy body will be able to cope with the cold better.
When cooking use pan lids to keep the heat in and try using a lot less water to boil/steam instead
Check your fridge and freezer aren’t too cold (4°c for fridge and -18°c for your freezer)
If Try and plan so you’re not defrosting food in the microwave, instead take it out and put it in the fridge for the day/night before.
Perfectly mastering the amount of hot water needed from a kettle
Leave the oven door open after turning it off
Try a broom instead of a vacuum on hard floors
Let food leftovers chill before putting them in the fridge so you don’t unnecessarily raise your fridge temperature
See if your fridge/freezer has a ‘away’ mode and use it!
Become a master of portion control, so you don’t end up with lots of leftovers that often end up in the bin!
Defrost your fridge/freezers if there is build up and restock them both well as a full freezer is a happy freezer
Become a master at stacking the dishwasher if you use one, so you can maximise the space
Give your radiators a good clean with a duster, brush or even water!
If your house is old look at better floor, wall/cavity and roof insulation
Fit an aerator to your taps (some can be had for free from your water company scheme)
Fix any leaky taps
Underfloor heating if you’re redoing a room
Technology / Appliances
Fit Smart Plugs on devices so you can turn them off when away from home or similar
Switch off devices at the wall that are on standby mode
See if your TV, Monitors and devices have a ‘Low Energy’ mode, understand what it does and enable when suitable
Calculate any savings (or not) with moving to a time-of-use tariff (e.g. Economy 7) for instance we pay 12p/kWh overnight with Octopus Energy and for our household that works great (your household may vary)
Install a smart meter &/or display to track your real-time costs (most energy companies will provide one installed for free)
Understand that if you’re really struggling to pay your bills and you believe the only solution you have is turning off your heating/hot water there is support out there
See if you can maximise freebies/discounts on things like a free/cheap coffee in exchange for working in a warm coffee shop once or twice per week!
Submit meter readings, good way of ensuring you’re not massive underpaying or overpaying to avoid a shock in several months time.
Swap away from pre-paid meters, normally these come at a premium
Move to a direct debit as this may come with a small discount, this will also help with budgeting as in the summer period you generally over pay which helps in the winter months.
Remember to compare the energy market every few 6-12 months (or even sooner) to ensure you’re paying a fair rate.
If you flat share etc make sure everyone is paying their fair share, if your bills go up make sure the split is fair
If someone has a new long-term partner that often stays in your joint house share (e.g. 3 or more days per week) consider requesting more from that person due to more showers, more washing up etc, it may sound stingy but it’s only fair.
Aim for 4 min showers instead of baths (although if you find baths relaxing your mental health is probably worth it)
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