Here is a list of ways you can heat-up your house without worrying about the energy bill. They are cheap yet effective. Check the list out
10. Use tin foil.
According to Sophie Neuburg, energy campaigner for charity Friends of the Earth, making use of a heat reflective aluminum foil behind the radiator will cut down the energy being lost via wall and shall have it redirected into the room. This works well with the radiators that are attached to the external walls. Foil specially designed to carry out this task are priced under £10.
Yes, they do protect the house from the cold by not allowing the heat to escape via windows. You can also go for curtains with thermal linings.
Make sure that you let in as much sunlight as possible during the day. Window shades and curtains should be kept open throughout the day and must be closed as soon as the dusk falls for maximum heat retention.
The decorative fireplace that you’re no longer using has a chimney above it that is allowing quite a sizeable amount of heat to escape. Get yourself a chimney balloon that is created from a special laminate and costs £20. This balloon is placed inside the chimney hole and prevents heat loss while also inhibits cold air from entering the house. It needs to be inflated after it has been placed inside the chimney though.
Make sure that no furniture, especially large furniture, has been placed in front of radiators. The reason being that they absorb heat which could otherwise be employed in heating up the room.
Installing a shelf above the radiator if you have high ceilings, helps greatly in channeling the warmth. Having a shelf above the radiator stops the hot air from rising above the radiator directly and channels it.
Make sure that any unused rooms are closed shut. This prevents cold air from moving around into the rest of the house and helps in keeping the gathered heat retained and contained.
Floors account for about 10% of heat loss if they are not insulated as per the National Energy Foundation (NEF). If you have cracks/gaps in the floor, add some filler into them, however, make sure that the filler you are using can tolerate movement since the floor contracts and expands.
For all the DIY-ers out there, make use of three rolls of 8” deep foam to insulated the loft and impart a layer of protection. The end result? No more heat losses.
No, keeping it on all day is not a good idea. Make use of those timers on heating. Instead of turning up the thermostat, start it sooner.