In the current economic climate, many homeowners are worried about being able to afford to heat their homes. To help you with this we have done a bit of research and pulled together the most effective ways to keep this year´s home heating oil bill as low as possible.
Have your boiler serviced by a professional
Having your boiler serviced regularly will save you money, and keep your family safe. Studies show that a boiler that has been properly maintained works more efficiently, which means that it burns less fuel. Naturally, this will help to keep your bills down.
In theory, you can do the servicing yourself, but if you take this approach it is all too easy to make a mistake or miss something important. If that happens the boiler could potentially blow up. Therefore, boiler servicing is a job that should be left to the professionals.
Turn your thermostat down
A lot of people still keep their home at a higher than necessary temperature. Over the years, we have got used to living in hot, rather than just warm homes.
If you have not already done so try turning your thermostat down by a few degrees. You will be pleasantly surprised by how low you can go without feeling cold. Provided you turn your thermostat down gradually you really will not notice much of a difference. Encouraging everyone to wear a jumper and slippers, rather than wandering around in their shirt sleeves, should enable you to reduce the temperature even more.
Keep the heat in
Taking the time to draught proof and insulate your home will also save you a lot of money. It does not take long to add another layer of insulation to your loft and fit door sweeps.
If necessary, re-caulk your doors and windows. It is not difficult to do, so most people find that they can do it themselves. You can find out how to do it by watching this video.
If you have a window that needs replacing consider sealing it up for the winter. You can buy DIY window film kits that are easy to apply. Taking this approach enables you to stop heat from leaking out of your home until you have been able to save up enough cash to replace the window.
It is also worth reminding everyone to shut the door when they leave or enter a room. Getting everyone to turn off lights and not to leave appliances on standby will help you to keep your electric bills down.
Use eco-friendly appliances
If you need to buy a new appliance or gadget, take the time to check the power rating. Whenever possible buy the one with the best rating.
Fit energy saving light bulbs
When replacing the bulbs in your home try to use energy efficient versions. They are a bit pricey, but over time the additional cost of buying them will be re-cooped.
Keeping your fuel bills down is all about taking lots of small steps rather than making one big change. Once you have made these changes take the time to maintain your good habits. That way your bills will not start to creep up again.