Seven ways to keep your home warm without turning on the heat before and after the price hike


According to a new poll by YouGov on behalf of Citizens Advice Scotland, more than eight in 10 Scots are worried about soaring energy bills despite measures designed to ease the cost of living crisis.

The energy price cap will rise by £693 from April 1, however, the UK government has announced a scheme which essentially ‘loans’ £200 to each bill payer to bring down initial costs, and the Scottish government will offer payments of £150. to all persons belonging to municipal tax brackets A to D or currently benefiting from a municipal tax reduction.

While these supports will help many households, they won’t be available to everyone.

Below are seven ways to make sure that the heat flowing through your home stays there, which means not leaving the heater on longer than necessary.

More expensive options such as replacing an old boiler are smart long-term investments, but these tips aim to help make a difference now without having to shell out a small fortune.

Seven Ways to Keep Your Home Warmer Longer

1. Keep windows and doors closed

Insulate your home for free by keeping the heat inside. Don’t let the heat escape by keeping your windows and doors completely closed whenever possible. Even leaving a window on the latch can drop the temperature, so stay alert.

2. Use curtains and blinds

The sun heats your home for free, so make the most of it. Open curtains and blinds during the day to let in the heat and close them once the sun goes down. In the dark, curtains and blinds act as another layer of insulation to keep the heat inside the house.

3. Use draft excluders

Even when you keep your doors closed, heat can escape from a room through cracks in a door frame. If you don’t use certain rooms in your house as often, there’s no point in heating them. Keep the heat inside the rooms you use by placing a windbreak under the closed door – and you don’t need to buy one, just roll up some bath towels and tape them down, nobody will never know.

4. Lay down a rug

A considerable amount of heat is lost through cold floors, especially if you have hardwood or stone floors. By placing a rug you can help prevent heat loss to the cold floor.

5. Install window insulation film

Insulating window film is a plastic film similar to cling film that is applied to glass to reduce heat loss. It’s a simple and inexpensive way to keep your home warm without turning on the heat.

Not on the list, but one of the most obvious ways to warm up is to put on an extra layer. If you’re cold, throw on a sweater or cardigan and you’ll feel warmer in no time.

However, if all else fails and heating is a must, one way to effectively control heating usage is to upgrade to an automated smart home heating system.

Smart home heating systems allow homeowners to easily control their heating even when they are away from home. This can keep usage to a minimum and potentially reduce energy bills – all year round.

6. Layer

There’s no point trying to save money on your energy bills if you’re sitting in front of the TV in shorts and a t-shirt. Despite the brief sunny spell most of the country has experienced in recent days, temperatures are still hovering around zero degrees Celsius.

Enjoy the sun while it lasts, but remember that once dusk falls the chill sets in, so dress appropriately – basically cover up and try not to expose your skin too much.

For anyone working from home, instead of leaving the heating on for 10 minutes, throw on a sweater or cardigan – you’ll warm up soon enough.

7. Plug the holes

For as little as £3 you can buy a jumbo pack of weatherstripping which are perfect for blocking annoying drafts on doors, windows and letterboxes. These are usually rubber and have a sticky side that you use to fill the gaps between the frames and the window or door.

The strips provide a strong, long-lasting seal and usually come in a long roll that you can cut to size. – a quick fix but lasting results.

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