Save money by keeping the heat in and the draughts out


Dec 16, 2015 by British Blog

Even if you don't want to go to the bother and expense of putting additional insulation into your loft and cavity walls, there are so many things you can do to save money on your fuel bills. With the demise of the state pension and all the austerity cuts, there's no better time than now to brush up on a few fuel-saving tips.

Boil what you need when you need it

If you want one cup of tea, just boil one cup of water. It takes less time to boil, and over the course of a year you'll use up a lot less electricity. It's hard to get used to initially – bad habits are always hard to break – but persevere and you could end up with rather more money at the end of the year than usual.

Block out the draughts

The problem with draughts is that when wind gets in, warm can get out. That means your boiler will be working harder and harder every year to heat the neighbourhood. There are big solutions, and small.

The big solution is to get double-glazing. The air that gets trapped between the two panes of glass acts as an insulation layer, which means that you'll feel warmer and your heat won't escape unless you leave the window open.

If you've got a crack in a windowpane, a clever winter trick (apart from getting it replaced) is to stretch some cling film across the offending glass and tape it down with clear tape. It's a temporary measure, but it's not obvious from either side of the window if you do it neatly.

The gaps around doors can be filled with a sticky draught-excluding rubber strip; a few quid at a DIY shop, and your living room and bedroom should already be feeling cosier. It does take a bit of practice to do it in a straight line, but it's a very effective way of keeping out gale-force draughts when all you want to do is relax and stay warm.

Skirting boards can be a real pain for holes and draughts; if you find any down there, a poly-type filler is an easy application.

Standby is the scourge of fuel bills

Appliances and technology never seem to sleep, and they often come with a standby option, which keeps them nice and convenient so that all you have to do is press the button on your remote control and relax. However, for the price of standing up and walking to the appliance – let's say the TV – you can switch it on by the on-button with almost as much convenience, and you can potentially save yourself around £40 per year if you do this with every item that lives on standby.

Try out these little ideas, and see how much you save. Every little really does help, in most cases, and it doesn't have to be an expensive measure if you're feeling the pinch.