Getting your attic and walls insulated can save you up to 30% on your heating bills, but not everyone can afford it. So we've come up with 10 simple, effective and cheap ways to save money on your bills. Here are a few tips that are free and it's just a matter of being more energy conscious.
1. Adjust your thermostat
By turning your thermostats down by just one degree, you can save up to 3% off your energy bill.
2. Use your central heating wisely
Make sure your heating is switched off when you are out of the house. Also, most of us forget to turn the radiators off in rooms we don’t use. This can impact your energy bill.
3. Keep the radiators efficient
We all know that ‘bleeding’ the radiators helps them run more efficiently by getting rid of the locked air. But who has the time to check? That’s why we love this 'De-aerator' gadget for only €10.99 - it automatically keeps the air out of the radiators, making sure they are as efficient (and warm) as possible.
4. Insulate your windows
Plenty of heat is lost through the windows of your home so remember to draw the curtains at night. Also, insulate the draughts around windows and doors (top tip: you can find the drafts easily by holding a lit incense stick around the window to find out where the cold air is coming in).
5. Install a chimney balloon
A chimney balloon will keep the drafts out and the heat in your room. All you have to do is inflate it up the chimney and it keeps the heat in nicely (please note this is not suitable for gas fires).
6. Reflect the heat back from your radiators
A radiator reflector works by sending the heat from the back of your radiator into the room, rather than against the wall, meaning you get the maximum impact from your heating system.
7. Good old fashioned draft excluders
Sometimes the old fashioned stuff is the best and we really like this draught excluder from Amazon. It fits snugly around the door and it can be cut to shape.
8. Plastic coat your windows
If you can’t afford double (or triple glazing) put plastic film on those windows (€6 covers three windows). This will curb drafts and keep windows from rattling.
9. Keep heating vents clear
Vents blocked by rugs and furniture prevent heated air from circulating efficiently.
10. Use heaters wisely
In just one hour, a good heater should have done enough to heat the room- turn it off when it has the job done.