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5 ways to lower your heating bills

Some recent extreme winters and soaring energy prices have made cold weather an expensive experience. Saving on fuel has become a necessary economy for most of us, and it doesn't have to be too uncomfortable. Follow a few guidelines and you can lower your heating bills without having to freeze.

Stay warm for less outlay

It's not really rocket science. The only way to lower your heating bills is to use less fuel. There are several ways you can achieve this:

  1. Lower the thermostat. Depending on your home, reducing the temperature by just a few degrees can result in a significant reduction in your bills. Give it a day or so and your body will adjust to the new temperature comfortably.
  2. Look for alternative heat sources. Installing a wood-burning stove is expensive initially, but will save you money in the long run, and is a more environmentally-friendly source of energy.
  3. Reduce heat loss by keeping doors closed and curtains drawn when it is dark outside. Let light in during the day, when even a little sunshine will contribute to warming your home.
  4. Reduce the temperature at night and when you are not in the house. It is unnecessary to have the whole house heated when you are not using most of the space.
  5. Shop around for capped and discounted fuel deals. Use shopping comparison sites to find promotional offers or inducements to switch suppliers. If you have been with the same energy company for years, the likelihood is that you could find a new deal that will lower your heating bills.

Keep an eye on your consumption

In order to lower your heating bills it is helpful to know where you can make the most effective savings. Keep a record of your meter readings, and gauge the effects of lowering your thermostat or switching off the heating when you are out of the house. The figures will be enlightening.

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