Editorial

Most of us like to be warm. It is lovely to come in from outside and walk into cosy house.

If money is no object, heating your home is not an issue. The problem is that a lot of us are living on a limited income. This coupled with the fact that the cost of power and fuel on the rise means that most of us cannot have the heating on as much as we would like to.

However, there are things that you can do to ease the pressure a bit, and help you to be able to stay warm enough.

Winter landscapre for keeping warm in winter

Shop around for the best deal:

Being prepared to switch power companies enables you to negotiate and secure the best deal. There are several websites that you can use to help you to do this. It does not matter what type of fuel or power you use it is possible to shop around and get a good deal.

Nowadays, you can easily check heating oil prices in, or for your local area. Many suppliers quote their prices online. You can ask for a quote at any time of the day or night. Most firms will come back to you straightaway or within a few hours.

Set up a fuel club:

This makes it easy for you shop around, and get the best deal. Some companies will offer a small discount when a group of people in the same village place an order for delivery on the same day. The further away from their depot you live the more likely they are to be open to doing a special price. It is always worth asking, and seeing if you can get something organised in your area.

Turn the thermostat down gradually:

Studies show that if you turn the thermostat down gradually people do not really notice the difference. For each degree you turn yours down you will save between 1 and 3% on your power bill. You can read more about how to do this in a way that will ensure that your family stays comfortable, in this article.

Add an extra blanket:

If one person feels the cold more than the rest, encourage them to dress warmly in the house. Adding an extra blanket or two to their bed is far cheaper than leaving the heating turned up to keep one member of the family warm.

Fill in the gaps:

A surprising amount of heat is lost through gaps in doors, windows and floors. Filling in these gaps saves a huge amount of fuel. It also cuts down on draughts, which is a main cause of people feeling cold. If your feet are cold, the rest of you will feel colder, so simply fitting a draught stopper to each door makes sense. They do not cost much and are easy to install.

Have your boiler serviced regularly:

If you use central heating, it is very important to have your boiler serviced regularly. Doing so, ensures that it works efficiently, and, therefore, burns less fuel. Having your boiler serviced regularly also keeps your family safe because it reduces the chances of it producing toxic fumes.

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