“It’s (nearly) the most wonderful time of the year”! Yes, you can hardly fail to avoid it; Christmas is just around the corner. The shops are heaving with all of their Christmas stock (and some have been since September!), there’s already panic about what this year’s must-have toy will be and the hard-core Christmas fans amongst you will have already broken out the mince pies. But what else does Christmas bring? Cold, that’s what. And in the colder weather our thoughts inevitably turn to keeping warm and cosy in our homes. However along with all of the other expense of the looming festive period, there’s also the worry of looming heating and energy bills.

So what can you do to try and avoid your winter heating costs spiralling out of control? As trusted builders in Bolton, here are some of our top tips.

Only heat what you need, when you need to heat it

Ignore all of those myths that leaving your heating on low all the time will save you money in the long run as it will avoid the boiler having to power up and get up to temperature throughout the day. The main issue here is heat loss and even the best insulated homes will lose some heat whenever the heating is on. So remember that when your heating is on you are also spending money on heating the outdoors. The best thing to do is to ensure that you have an energy efficient boiler that is controlled with both a timer and a thermostat. This will ensure that your heating is only on when you need it and that it will shut off as soon as you reach temperature. Also fitting radiators with individual controls will mean that you don’t need to waste money heating rooms that you don’t use and that you can ensure that bedrooms etc can be heated less than, say, the living room.

Keep the heat where it should be

Even though a small amount of heat loss is inevitable, it is amazing just how small that amount can be if you ensure that your home is efficiently insulated. Here at Wisecraft we have extensive experience of installing highly effective insulation solutions. This can include loft or roof insulation, cavity wall insulation and under floor insulation. We can also provide highly energy efficient UPVC windows and doors that are fitted with 100% seals that will ensure that no heat is lost due to draughty window frames and poorly performing glazing.

Don’t waste electricity

It may sound obvious but a great way to save money on your energy bills is not to waste electricity! Simple actions like unplugging chargers when they aren’t in use can save you around £30 per year, as even when they’re not being used these continue to draw down energy. Also simply using energy-saving lightbulbs will save the average house up to £60 per year.

To find out more about saving money on your heating bills by eliminating heat loss from your home, contact the trusted Bolton builders, Wisecraft Ltd Bolton Builders today.