When the weather is miserable, there’s nothing better than coming home to a warm and toasty living space. Energy tariffs seem to be almost constantly on the rise though, and if you need to be mindful of your spending, the cost of heating your home can be a real worry. Luckily though, there are several practical things that you can do to ensure that you don’t have to live with a freezing cold home. Here are some of my best tips for keeping your house warm, without living in fear of your latest bill coming through your letterbox…

Ensure that your central heating system is in good working order

Faulty central heating systems can end up costing you a small fortune. As such, it makes sense to ensure that you’re keeping on top of any basic maintenance that might need to be carried out. It’s also a good idea to put your central heating on a timer. This will make sure that you aren’t wasting energy during times when you’re most likely to be out of the house,

Close your curtains

Many of us have lightweight blinds these days, so we rarely actually close our curtains once the dark nights start to draw in. If you have heavy curtains though, these can provide a great deal of insulation  and help you to keep your room nice and toasty. Of course, you should keep your curtains open during the day to allow the sunlight to pour in.

Make sure that your radiators aren’t blocked

Do you have a sofa placed in front of a radiator? If so, it’s a great idea to move it. You might think that it’s keeping you warm when you’re sitting watching TV, but the reality is that it’s probably blocking the heat from filling the room. The same applies when it comes to placing washing on your radiators. You might think that you’re saving money by not using your tumble dryer, but what’s really happening is that you’re stopping the warmth from really having any benefit.

Put on a jumper!

Okay, so this one might seem blatantly obvious, but you’d be amazed by how many people don’t do this! Instead of turning on the central heating, add a few layers and give it a while to see how you feel. This isn’t about suffering in the cold if you really can’t stand it – it’s about making sure that there aren’t other alternatives that you can explore that can make a big difference, and save you a chunk of money.

If your fuel bills are causing you headaches, then putting these tips into action could give you a great deal of peace of mind, and ensure that you’re not paying any more than is absolutely necessary. This of course means that you’ll have more cash left over to spend on the things that are truly going to bring you joy!

Have you managed to make cuts to your heating bills? Do you have any tips that you’d like to share?

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