Looking to save on your heating this winter, or just want to keep your home a little warmer with a few changes around the house?
This guide covers some ways you might be able to keep your home warmer throughout winter without spending a penny. We take a look at making the most of using what you already have, how to ensure your heating system is working at maximum efficiency, and some top tricks for blocking drafts. It’s not economical to turn up your heating each time you feel a chill, or to have your heating constantly on at home throughout winter, so take a look to see how little changes can help you keep warm.
Make the most of what you already have
Utilising what’s already around you is a great way to stay warm, whilst keeping the cost down. If you’re lucky enough to have a log-burning fire, use it! Light some candles, snuggle in blankets, thick socks and slippers. Other ways you can further improve the cosiness of your home; a thick rug to combat the cool, hard floors, or you could treat yourself to a warm hot chocolate (don’t forget the marshmallows).
Have you bled your radiators recently?
Bleeding your radiators allows you to maximise your heating’s efficiency, and therefore your energy efficiency, which in turn reduces your energy bills. The word ‘bleeding’ may seem odd to be associated with a metal structure which forms part of your heating system, but it actually means releasing the air from the radiator that has become trapped inside. Cold spots are caused inside the radiator where the heat is trapped, as the hot water can’t reach it. A give-away sign that your radiator may need bleeding is if it is colder at the top than the bottom.
Decided that some of your radiators might need bleeding? If you are confident you know how to bleed them, then go ahead and make sure you consider our top tips below. If not, contact a knowledgeable friend or family member or a suitably qualified professional to give you a helping hand!
- Switch your heating off
This will help avoid water getting on the floor from the radiator.
- Let it out
On one end of your radiator, you will find the valve. Use a radiator key to slowly turn the valve anti-clockwise which will release the air. It’s a good idea to use an old towel to catch any drips that may come out the radiator.
- Tighten back up
Step 2 should result in the sound of escaping air from the radiator. When this sound drops off, it means that water is on its way out. This is when you need to act fast; turn the valve clockwise with the radiator key to tighten it up again and avoid a mini flood in your home!
- Under pressure
There is a pressure gauge on your boiler which usually looks like a dial. If this is too low after bleeding your radiators, top it up using the filling loop. You would need to check how to do this for your individual boiler.
Don’t block the source
Sometimes our houses are designed in ways which aren’t the most practical. However, if you can, move furniture away from your radiators. Often sofas sit in front of the main radiator in the lounge, which blocks much of the heat. If you have radiators underneath windows, ensure the curtains aren’t closed in front of the radiators otherwise the heat will rise behind them instead of entering the room.
Stop the flow
Air flowing through the house effectively means you are heating up the whole space rather than the rooms you need it in most. Remember to close the doors behind you to reduce this air flow. We also recommend stopping any external drafts in your home; this may be by using draft excluders underneath doors, or using tape around windows to stop any cold air sneaking in.
This guide contains our energy saving ideas and is intended as guidance only. It should not replace expert advice, requirements or recommendations. ENGIE accepts no responsibility or liability in any circumstances whatsoever in respect of the information contained in this guide.
Looking for more tips to save energy? Check out our energy saving advice, or our blog “These tips could save you hundreds per year on your energy bill”.