Five tips for a warmer home this winterSave energy and stay warm
26 November 2015
As temperatures plummet, it's the perfect time to take some simple steps to stay cosy at home. Our five top tips will help you stay warm and keep your heating bills down.
Taking some basic steps to cut your make your home more energy efficient can make a big difference to your bills, without compromising on comfort.
From draught proofing to smart heating, Which? reviews and advice will help you save electricity and stay warm.
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1. Draught proof your home
Cold air can sneak uninvited into your home, and your boiler will have to work extra hard to keep your home cosy.
Small spaces around windows, doors, loft hatches, floorboards and pipework can all add up to make a substantial hole in your home. Even letterboxes and keyholes can let in their fair share of cold air. Luckily there are cheap and easy ways you can keep the draughts out.
Read our expert advice and product reviews on the best way to draught proof your home.
Insulation can drop your heating bills and pays for itself off over time, so it is well worth doing.
The Energy Saving Trust says that insulating a loft will save you £240 each year, as a quarter of a home's heat is lost through the roof. With an estimated up front cost of £395, this type of insulation could pay itself back in under two years.
Find out the best way to go about insulating your loft or roof in our insulation reviews.
3. Control your heating
Taking control of your heating can help you cut your bills by using energy only when it's needed.
Thermostats, programmers, boiler timers and thermostatic radiator valves all give you control over room temperature and which rooms are heated and when.
Read our handy guide on heating controls.
4. Choose a good heater
If you want to heat a room in a short amount of time, a portable heater might be just the boost you need. We've tested tested 38 of the most popular portable electric heaters for efficiency, noise, features and price, so we can recommend the very best.
Find out which models topped our tests - take a look at our electric heater reviews.
5. Switch energy providers
Which? Switch lets you compare energy tariffs in your area to find the best energy deal for you. Households who have used Which? Switch saved an average of £301 last year on energy bills.
See if you can save by comparing energy deals with Which? Switch.