As your heating works hard to keep you and your family warm this winter, it’s easy to imagine the bills going sky-high. But, there’s only so many layers you can put on until you have no choice but to give in and crank the heating up.
Luckily, there are ways to save money on your heating and still stay warm in your home. Here are a few tips to help you SAVE energy during the cold days and nights!
Avoid Drying Clothes on your Radiators
Drying clothes on the radiator lowers the quantity of heat released by the radiators, so the boiler has to run for longer to achieve the same room temperature,thereby using more fuel overall. So avoid this!
Perhaps invest in a heated clothes rail – or take advantage of the steady breeze by hanging your washing out when it is dry.
Upgrade your Heating and Hot Water System
A new, high-efficiency reducing boiler with heating controls could save you up to £200 a year, so compare the efficiency of different boilers. A more efficient boiler can keep your home at a comfortable temperature, making it warm when you want it but switching off when you don’t.
Only boil as much water as you will need
It’s a simple tip, but something that will save you money if you’re using your kettle often throughout the day.
Kettles use a lot of energy to boil water – if there is excess water in the kettle when you’re boiling it, you are essentially wasting energy with every use. The best way to conserve this energy is to only boil as much water as you;ll need – it will take less time for the kettle to boil this reduced amount, saving you money in the long run.
Unplug your Chargers
With our busy lifestyles, its often a convenience to have phone, tablet and laptop chargers plugged in throughout the day so you can easily charge your devices as and when you would like. Unfortunately, all of these chargers will be using electricity, even when they are not in use. Try and remember to simply switch the plug off after using it to avoid wasting electricity this way. The electricity use from each plug is minimal, but in a household of 4+ people each with 2/3 devices wastage can soon add up quickly!
Change your Energy Supplier
It’s easy to stay with an energy supplier out of convenience. Often people sign up to a supplier with the best price, not realising that these prices change throughout the years.
The best way to make sure that you’re getting the best deal is to regularly compare different suppliers using a comparison website. Switching suppliers is now easier than ever, with most suppliers offering very good introductory discounts for signing up. Also take a look at cash-back sites such as: These sites offer cashback for joining particular suppliers – you may find yourself saving money and earning it at the same time!
Shut the Doors
If a room is not being used, there is no point in heating it. So shut the doors and close the vent when no one is in the room. When you are in a room, shutting the door can increase the room’s temperature because it keeps in your body heat and the heat produced by lights or other electronics like the computer or the TV.
Install an Insulated Replacement Conservatory Roof
If you have a conservatory, the roof is most likely to have been made with polycarbonate. This plastic material provides little insulation and can largely contribute to lower temperatures around your house. Replacing your conservatory roof with an insulated roof is a payment that you won’t regret making because it’ll save you money on your heating bills in the long run. It could make your conservatory look better too.
Green Space UK’s Conservatory Roof Replacement
The most efficient method of replacing your conservatory roof is with an insulated panel alternative. Green Space UK offer a bespoke, aluminium, insulated panel replacement that can be installed in less than a day.
The panels are made of a lightweight aluminium and sandwiched inside is 75mm of high-density foam insulation. Each panel is manufactured like-for-like to fit into your existing roofing frame. This allows for a ‘no-fuss, no-mess’ installation. We simply take out your old panels and pop ours in. You’re left with a usable room that maintains the heat, even on the coldest of days.
Green Space UK offer a free quotation service – using the measurements of your existing panels we are able to work out a cost for replacing these panels with our insulated alternative. If this is of interest to you, simply fill in the form to get your free quote.