Winter is an expensive time for homeowners, not least because of extortionate energy bills that are seemingly forever on the rise. Here at Martin Whitehead Heating Services we understand the struggle and as such, we’ve provided a list of ways through which you can save money on your gas bill this winter. We hope it helps…
Switch energy supplier
Although it might seem like a hassle, switching energy supplier is perhaps the easiest way for you to save money on your monthly gas bill. You can check to see how much you can save by using websites like GoCompare and uSwitch. It’s worth a look as you might be able to save £100’s.
A regular boiler service can ensure that your boiler is operating at its highest running efficiency and is delivering the results that your money deserves. There are additional benefits too, as we’ve uncovered in a previous post. Boiler servicing is a service that we offer throughout Jarrow and the rest of South Tyneside.
Close the doors
Close doors, restrict the heat into a smaller area and lower the temperature on the thermostat accordingly. Whilst you’re there, turn off the radiators in the rooms that are not in use – there’s no point in wasting gas on an empty room.
Whilst it might not look great, placing tin foil behind your radiators is a great way to reduce your gas bill. Rather than heating your wall, the tin foil will reflect the heat back into the room, allowing you to reduce the temperature on the thermostat by a degree or two. You can use generic kitchen foil or you can purchase purpose-built foil from the local DIY store, although you might get slightly better results from the latter.
This tip is particularly appropriate for those that have hard floors. According to the National Energy Foundation, between 10% and 25% of all heat loss is lost through the ground floor. Reduce those numbers by placing rugs on top; think of the rug as a coat for your floor.
If you have a fireplace and it’s not in use, remember to keep the damper closed. Keeping it open is almost like keeping a window open.
Pipe-lagging can be purchased from most DIY stores. It acts as an insulator and we’d recommend placing it around all hot-water pipes in the home, ensuring that the water inside is kept warmer, for longer.
When the weather permits, open the curtains to allow some natural heat into the room – it’s free! Just remember to close them again at night.
We hope our tips have helped you think about other ways you might save money on your gas bill. If you would like to get in touch and talk to us about any of our boiler and gas services and live anywhere across Jarrow and the rest of South Tyneside, please do so by calling us on 07985 742359. We’ll look forward to hearing from you soon.