Welcome to the very first Tuesday Tips blog from the GSPC.
Given the clocks have recently changed and there is a more definite chill to the air, we can safely say winter is indeed coming and thoughts will be turning to how to keep cosy in the house.
Here are our top ten tips for keeping the home fires burning!
- Keep doors between rooms closed to prevent cold air moving through the home.
- Most heat is lost out of rooms via doors and windows so clamping down on draughts is vital! Heavier curtains, draught excluders and ensuring seals are tight on door and window frames is a good place to start.
- Make use of your heating timer and set it for 15 minute before you wake and 15 minutes before you return home so you’re always cosy without the costs associated with keeping the heating turned up 24/7.
- Look out for and try to insulate small draughts from unexpected places such as cat flaps and letter boxes.
- Utilise the warmth from the sunlight and keep blinds and drapes open when the sun is shining. Even when it is bitter outside, the sun’s rays will be warm shining through a window. Close curtains as dusk falls to retain heat.
- If you have a chimney that you’re not making use of, make sure it is properly blocked to prevent gusts of cold air penetrating your home.
- Clear a space beside your radiators, you don’t want your couch or bed to be stopping heat emanating through your home.
- Do you live in a more rural area and are interested in greener heating alternatives such solar panels or wind turbines? You could be entitled to a Government grant to help with the cost of installation. Visit www.est.org.uk for more information. Bear in mind, given the less than predictable Scottish weather, these eco-options are best used to be supplementary to, rather than a replacement for, conventional systems, allowing homeowners to save on their annual fuel and heating bills.
- If you do have GCH it would be worth investing in a small portable electric heater in case you’re ever faced with a broken down boiler on a freezing day.
- If you aren’t put off by the high one-off installation fee, underfloor heating offers markedly cheaper annual fuel bills. It is economical and controllable, providing uniform heat throughout your home, and is of particular benefit in rooms where there are space constraints, such as home offices or bathrooms.