As energy prices continue to rise, more and more people are looking for ways to save money on their heating bills.
If you use any of the solutions I outline below, you could potentially save hundreds of pounds/dollars a year on your heating costs.
Here are 27 of the most economical ways to heat your home:
- 1 Cheapest Way To Heat A House With Central Heating
- 1.1 1. Setting your boiler correctly
- 1.2 2. Insulate your hot water tank
- 1.3 3. Use draught excluders
- 1.4 5. Use radiator reflectors
- 1.5 6. Setting your thermostat correctly
- 1.6 7. Using thermostatic radiator valves
- 1.7 8. Use an energy-efficient space heater
- 1.8 9. Use an Infrared heater
- 1.9 10. Replacing an old G-rated boiler with a modern A-rated condensing boiler
- 1.10 11. Smart thermostats
- 1.11 12. Make use of budget billing
- 1.12 13. Install solar panels
- 1.13 14. Heat only rooms you use
- 1.14 15. Weatherstrip your doors and windows
- 1.15 16. Get an energy audit
- 1.16 17. Hang a shelf above a radiator
- 1.17 18. Bleed your radiators
- 1.18 19. Turn your thermostat down by 1 degree
- 2 Cheapest Way To Heat A House Without Central Heating
- 3 Off-grid Heating
Cheapest Way To Heat A House With Central Heating
1. Setting your boiler correctly
The only time you need to set your boiler at the highest setting is in the winter, and only then if you have a large home.
For the majority of people, the cheapest way to heat their home is by setting their boiler to ‘Auto’ mode. This means that the boiler will automatically adjust its temperature according to how warm your home is.
A water temperature of 70°C on the boiler should ensure that it condenses, which is when it is most efficient.
2. Insulate your hot water tank
An easy and effective way to save money on your heating bills is to insulate your hot water tank. You can do this by buying an insulation jacket from your local hardware store.
The best material to use is a neoprene foam jacket, as it will not only insulate your tank but also prevent any heat loss.
3. Use draught excluders
Draught excluders are a great way to stop heat from escaping through gaps around doors and windows. They are relatively cheap to buy and easy to install and can make a big difference to your heating bill.
Insulation prevents heat from flowing through it, while draught excluders prevent cold or warm air from circulating around it. You’ll be able to keep your home at a more consistent temperature by preventing drafts, which will save you money on energy and reduce CO2 emissions.
5. Use radiator reflectors
Radiator reflectors are sheets of reflective material that you place behind your radiator to reflect heat back into the room. They are a great way to make sure that heat isn’t being wasted, and can help to reduce your heating bill.
Reflected foil insulation behind your radiators will result in more heat being reflected into the space rather than lost through the wall, so long as there is a source of heat.
6. Setting your thermostat correctly
For winter, the ideal thermostat temperature is 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re at home.
When you’re awake, energy.gov recommends keeping your room temperature at 68 degrees Fahrenheit, but reduce it while you sleep or away.
You may save money by lowering your thermostat 10-15 degrees for eight hours while you’re away from home.
You can save even more money by using a programmable thermostat, which will automatically lower the temperature when you’re away or asleep and raise it again when you need it.
Many thermostats now come with built-in timers and energy-saving features that make them easy to use. Consider investing in one if you don’t already have one!
The ideal setting for the summer is 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re home and 88 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re away.
7. Using thermostatic radiator valves
Thermostatic valves can save you up to 40 percent on your energy usage by having them installed in every room.
According to TheGreenAge.com, they can help you save money by allowing you to change the temperature on different radiators throughout the house.
A lot of heat is wasted because people have the radiator on full power all the time, even when the room doesn’t need to be that warm.
With thermostatic radiator valves, you can control the temperature of each individual room.
So, if you know you’re only going to be in the living room for a couple of hours, you can set the valve to a lower temperature and save money.
8. Use an energy-efficient space heater
A space heater is a straightforward device that is near to 100 percent efficient since almost all of the electricity fed into it is transformed to heat.
That being said, keep in mind that any time you turn on a portable electric space heater and generate heat, it's also consuming energy and increasing your power bill.
As an alternative, you could use infrared heaters...
9. Use an Infrared heater
Infrared heat is a type of low-temperature, high-frequency heating that uses infrared radiation to warm things rather than the air. This is far more efficient since it requires less energy to heat surface area than volume.
An infrared heater is a good choice if you're looking for an energy-efficient space heater because it doesn't use as much energy to heat the room.
It's important to note that infrared heaters only work well in small spaces, so they may not be suitable for a large room.
Infrared heaters consume 30 to 40% less energy than conventional heaters, making them a more cost-effective option in the long run.
10. Replacing an old G-rated boiler with a modern A-rated condensing boiler
By replacing your old boiler with a more efficient condensing boiler, you could save up to £300 a year on your energy bills.
Condensing boilers are the most efficient type of boiler on the market, and they’re now required by law in all new build homes.
They work by using the heat that would normally be lost through the flue to preheat cold water coming into the boiler, making them around 90% efficient.
This is compared to G-rated boilers which are only 70-80% efficient.
11. Smart thermostats
Smart thermostats can be linked to smart thermostatic radiator valves to provide you with even more control over your heating.
If you want to be really energy-efficient, you could set the thermostat to a lower temperature when you know you’re not going to be home, and use the thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) to adjust the temperature in each room individually.
You can also use the app to control your heating from anywhere in the world!
12. Make use of budget billing
Budget billing takes the uncertainty out of utility expenses by allowing you to pay a set amount each month.
You continue to pay your bill as usual and get notifications whenever the agreed-upon sum is due to change with budget billing.
Budget billing can help you avoid spikes in your energy bill, and it can make it easier to budget for other expenses.
13. Install solar panels
The fact that you can use solar energy alongside your existing energy supplier is a big selling point for solar panels.
Solar panels are most effective when used in conjunction with other energy-saving measures, such as insulation and double-glazing.
14. Heat only rooms you use
By only heating the rooms you use, you can save a lot of money on your energy bill.
If you have a room that you only use occasionally, like a guest bedroom, you can close the door to keep the heat in and save energy.
You can also use TRVs to control the temperature in each room individually, so you’re not wasting energy heating rooms that are empty.
15. Weatherstrip your doors and windows
Weatherstripping your doors and windows can help to prevent drafts and air leaks, which can lead to higher energy bills.
Weatherstripping is a simple and inexpensive way to make your home more energy-efficient, and it can be done by anyone.
All you need is some weatherstripping material and a few tools, and you’ll be on your way to a warmer, more comfortable home.
16. Get an energy audit
An energy audit is a great way to find out where your home is losing heat, and what you can do to fix it.
During an energy audit, a trained professional will come to your home and inspect it for air leaks, insulation problems, and other issues that could be causing your home to lose heat.
They will then provide you with a report that outlines their findings and provides recommendations for improving the energy efficiency of your home.
17. Hang a shelf above a radiator
You would probably never think of using a shelf to save energy, but it can actually be a great way to make sure heat doesn’t escape through your windows.
By hanging a shelf above your radiator, you can prevent heat from rising and escaping through the window.
This is a simple and inexpensive way to keep your home warm in the winter, and it can also help to reduce your energy bill.
18. Bleed your radiators
When you bleed your radiator, you will improve the heating efficiency of your house by a significant amount.
A well-bled radiator gives off as much heat as feasible. By removing air bubbles that have been trapped in the piping system, bleeding the radiator allows water to flow freely throughout it and keeps it from stagnating.
This is a really easy way to improve your home’s heating efficiency, and it only takes a few minutes to do.
All you need is a radiator key, which you can buy at most hardware stores, and a cloth and bucket to catch any drips.
19. Turn your thermostat down by 1 degree
By turning your thermostat down by just 1 degree, you can save money on your energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint.
It may not seem like much, but over the course of a year, that 1 degree can make a big difference.
Cheapest Way To Heat A House Without Central Heating
20. Adding Insulation
There are many different ways to insulate your home, and the type of insulation you need will depend on the climate you live in and the type of home you have.
Insulation is a great way to keep heat in during the winter and cool air in during the summer, making it an essential part of any energy-saving strategy.
You can insulate your attic, walls, floors, and even your windows to help keep your home at a comfortable temperature all year round.
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21. Sealing air leaks
Air leaks are one of the most common causes of high energy bills, so it’s important to seal them up as soon as you can.
You can find air leaks in your home by doing a simple visual inspection or by using a smoke pencil.
Once you’ve found the leaks, seal them up with caulk, weatherstripping, or insulation.
22. Remove autopilot
Even though autopilot saves energy in the long run by keeping your home at a comfortable temperature, it can waste a lot of energy if you forget to turn it off when you leave the house.
Make sure to turn off your thermostat or your app-based heating system when you know you won’t be home, and use TRVs to adjust the temperature in each room individually.
23. Block your chimney
A chimney balloon is a type of balloon that you fill with air in your chimney and which has a tight fit, preventing hot air from escaping up the chimney and cold air from dropping down it, assisting to keep your home free of draughts.
You can buy a chimney balloon at most hardware stores, and they’re relatively inexpensive.
They’re also easy to install, and you can remove them when you need to use your fireplace.
24. Buy Rugs
If you have a lot of floors that don't have carpet, rugs are a great way to keep your feet warm and your house insulated.
Rugs also help to absorb noise, so if you have hardwood floors, they can make your home feel a lot cozier.
25. Thermal curtains
This is one you probably haven't thought of before - using thermal curtains.
They work by stopping heat from escaping through your windows, and they're especially effective in the winter.
You can buy them at most home improvement stores, and they're not too expensive.
26. Terracotta heater
A terracotta heater is a type of space heater that uses the heat from a bulb to warm up a terracotta pot.
The pot then radiates the heat, warming up the room.
Terracotta heaters are an inexpensive and easy way to add some extra warmth to your home, and they're also very stylish.
27. Install a wood stove
If you don't have central heating, a wood stove is a great way to heat your home.
They're relatively inexpensive to buy and install, and they're very efficient.
Just make sure you get one that's certified by the EPA to ensure that it meets emissions standards.
LPG and oil boilers
These are the most expensive to run but are often the only option in rural areas. The average cost of oil is 4.8p/kWh and for LPG, it is 3.7p/kWh. But bear in mind that prices can fluctuate a lot.
This is a good option if you have access to wood as a fuel source. A biomass boiler burns wood pellets or logs to generate heat for your home and costs around 7-9p/kWh on average.
There are two types of heat pumps, air source, and ground source. Air source is the most common type and costs around 3-4p/kWh.
Ground source is more expensive to install but is more efficient and can cost as little as 1p/kWh.
Solar thermal panels
These work by using the sun’s energy to heat water which is then stored in a hot water cylinder. The average cost of solar thermal panels is around 2-3p/kWh.