How to Stay Warm for Less This Winter

Posted October 12, 2023 by in Home

As winter approaches, UK homeowners face the annual challenge of staying warm while keeping costs in check. With energy prices remaining high this season and personal finances squeezed by the rising cost of essential goods, this has never been more testing. 

Thankfully, there are a number of steps you can take to stay warm for less this winter. Even the most simple energy saving measures can go a long way towards keeping costs steady as temperatures plummet. Follow these practical tips to minimise energy use without sacrificing a cosy home environment. 

Insulation and draught-proofing

The UK has some of the leakiest housing stock in Europe. This means that heat easily escapes from our properties, and cold air finds it easy to enter. 

This poor insultation is contributing to the current energy crisis because we are using more gas more often than necessary in an effort to maintain warmth. Taking steps to retain heat for longer periods of time will significantly reduce your gas use and therefore your energy bill.

There are many ways to make your home more energy efficient. Most important is to investigate insulation materials that will help to keep heat inside the home such as fibreglass and sheep wool. These materials should line your roof and loft space and, if you have them, cavity walls.

Draught-proofing is another effective method of improving your property’s energy efficiency. This ranges from upgrading your window glazing and frames to lining doorways with draught excluders.

Investigate smart heating

Smart heating will aid your goal to stay warm for less this winter because it allows for accuracy and more control. 

Electronic devices such as programmable thermostats are more sensitive to room warmth than traditional models and can be set to a specific temperature. This helps to avoid accidental overheating and enables you to adjust the target by minute amounts. There are surprising cost benefits in lowering your home heating by a degree.

You can also link your home heating system to an App on your mobile phone to remotely control when it is turned on and off. This means you can always work around a spontaneous schedule rather than being limited to set central heating hours that may prove wasteful.

Consider alternative heating

As well as adapting how you use your home heating system, consider alternative methods for keeping yourself and your property warm. 

This could be as simple as opening and closing your curtains at the right time to maximise the warmth from natural sunlight and to help keep heat inside after dark.

You could also look into portable heating devices such as electric blankets and space heaters. These options are much cheaper than putting the heating on overnight but will obviously cause your electricity bill to rise. 

Finally, take a traditional approach to creating a cosy home environment. Layer blankets on the bed and your sofa to keep you warm when you’re sitting still, and wear jumpers, socks, and other protective clothing even when indoors.