Top tips to save money this winter

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As the weather begins to get colder, it’s a good time to start thinking about how you can cope in the most expensive season: winter. Costs can soon mount up as the heating and indoor lights are used much more.

Here are 6 steps you can take to stay warm as the weather gets COLDER and you could save yourself some money in the process:

1. Check the insulation. If draughts are getting in through cracks, doors or windows it’s going to mean your heated air will escape – and you’ll still be cold. Make sure the attic is insulated and you have taken steps to use draught excluders - bought or homemade - around doors, windows and letterbox. Don’t forget the open fireplace that is no longer used and cracks between floorboards.

2. Only heat the rooms you’re using. It sounds obvious, but are you heating empty rooms (such as spare bedrooms) or even ones that aren’t used very often, such as the downstairs bathroom? By turning the radiators off, or down to their lowest setting if it gets really cold in these rarely used rooms, you could save money.

3. Lower the temperature of your water. It is estimated that, in a typical UK household, more than half the money spent on fuel bills goes towards providing heating and hot water. Turn down the temperature - it doesn’t need to be scalding hot, and very often we add cold water anyway. Remember to make the most of any hot water left in the kettle when you’ve made a hot drink.

4. Don’t heat the house all night. You really don’t need the heating on full in the house, especially when the family is only occupying bedrooms and warm beds. The heating thermostat can be adjusted to come on shortly before the family get up in the morning and then reduce the heat at bedtime – and you may not even notice the difference.

5. Are you getting the best deal from your energy provider? It is usually a good idea to switch providers on a regular basis. Hunt around the competition and find a better deal. A switch could also see you get some money back from your existing provider if you have overpaid during the warmer summer months when the heating was switched off.

6. Remember to look after yourself. Hot drinks, hot food, eating regular meals and wearing warmer clothes will ensure that you stay warm throughout the winter. Another great way is to use your own ‘internal central heating’ – by going for a brisk walk. This will not only help to keep you healthy, but by keeping active you may not need so much heat in the home. 

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