We hear a lot about budgets and meetings and tax breaks, but to the average brit, these don’t make much sense, nor do they prevent the anxiety about rising living costs this winter. It can be hard to find ways to save money. 

You may have already made some household changes such as switching to non-branded products, eating out less, or cancelling unnecessary subscriptions. But as good as reactive actions are, proactive ones can save you just as much.

Get Your Boiler Serviced.

The best tip we have is to get your boiler serviced. While this may seem counter-intuitive finance-wise, it actually reduces the risk of an emergency call-out and can save you money on repairs. By getting your boiler serviced regularly, your engineer will be able to identify if a small issue could become a big issue, and give you all the information you need to prevent this from happening. If your boiler is getting on a bit, there is a strong chance that it isn’t working as efficiently as it should. Boilers that aren’t working quite right ie your bills as the mechanisms have to work much harder to keep your home heated consistently. (We recommend you get your boiler serviced every 12 months.)

Our boiler services are just £85 +VAT and if you wish to replace your boiler with a brand new one, we can offer a payment plan to suit you. 

Another Way To Retain Heat Is To Use Your Boiler Wisely.

When was the last time you checked your boiler timer settings? If you’re anything like me, you just turn up the thermostat when the room feels a bit chilly. Here are some ideas to keep you warm.

Think about how much time you actually spend at home. If you don’t work from home you’ve really only got the mornings and evenings in the house. Are your radiators on all day? Use the timer setting on your thermostat and think smart. Get your heat on from 6:30-8 so you can wake up and get ready warm, then from 4:30-5:30 to give you a warm welcome from work. Depending on your evening habits, why not turn it on for an extra hour before bed? Using the timer will save wasting electricity and gas, and your house will remain toasty while you’re actually inside! 

Check Your Rooms To Save Money.

Which rooms do you actually use on a day-to-day basis? In these times, every penny counts. Why waste them heating your downstairs loo if no one uses it? Make sure radiators in lesser-used rooms are switched to ‘low’ or ‘off’. If financially possible, it might be a good idea to invest in a smart thermostat. These have become increasingly popular in the last decade with the option to control your heating from your phone. If setting a timer would not work for you, this might be a wise option. You’ve just got to remember to turn the heating on BEFORE you leave work! Some of these apps even track energy usage making it easier for you to cap your spending. 

What About A Winter Rearrangement?

Do your beds, sofas, tables or chairs block the heat from a radiator? Why not try shuffling your furniture to minimise this? Not only does this block heat from entering the room but it can be a fire hazard. We understand that against a wall is often the only way for furniture to fit comfortably, if this is the case, try to have your item at least 50cm from the radiator. 

Insulating Your Windows Has Never Been Easier…Using Tape! 

This is simple, use tape, ideally foam or masking and run a length along the window pane edge. This reduces draughts and if you match the colour to your window frames, you can’t even notice the tape!

Obviously, these tips are no remedy to the rising cost of living but hopefully, they can make things a little easier and can save money!