With these cold temperatures it is best to keep as much heat inside as possible. These 8 tips will keep you warm without turning up the heat.
Air your home
By ventilating your house half an hour each day you exchange moist air for dry outside air, which is faster and easier to heat.
Adjust boiler temperature
Tap water from a gas or electric water heater often is 175 degrees Fahrenheit (80 degrees Celsius) or more. By changing this to a lower temperature setting, you will save a lot of money. Mind however to never lower boiler temperature under 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65 degrees Celsius) because this will allow Legionella bacteria to multiply.
Keep your feet warm
Underfloor heating creates a heating source at the lowest point in the room. This means your feet will stay warm and you will feel comfortable at lower temperatures than with radiator heating systems. For those of you that don’t have underfloor heating in their house, we recommend to wear warm socks and slippers.
Lower the thermostat at night
Even when it’s freezing outside, it is not a good idea to put the heating on max at night. This doesn’t mean that you should turn the heat off completely. By keeping the temperature around 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius) at night, less energy will be needed to heat the house up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) in the morning.
Program your thermostat
You can program a thermostat to automatically lower the heat at night or when you’re at work and to turn the heat up in the morning and right before you get home from work. Did you know you can save up to 13 percent on your energy bill just by lowering the temperature to 60 degrees Fahrenheit between 10 pm and 6 am?
Use a portable radiator
If you use mainly one room in the house, please consider to turn down the thermostat a few degrees and heat the room with a portable heater.
Close curtains and shutters
To prevent heat loss through windows it is better to close shutters and curtains. This is even more important for single glazed windows. If you close curtains at night, the heat will stay inside. To increase the effect weatherstrip windows and choose curtains with thermal lining.
Don’t cover the radiator
Radiators should never be covered by curtains so that the heat is not trapped in the space between window and curtain. Also make sure not to place any objects right next to the radiator as radiators are heat emitters that need space to function efficiently.