The most cost-effective ways to heat your home
Energy costs are a big concern to many people. Here are some of the cheapest options to keep your house warm and cosy throughout the winter.
Energy costs are a big concern for many people living in the UK and can form a significant proportion of a household’s monthly outgoings. With the cost of fuel continuing to rise, the situation looks set to get worse rather than better, and many people are looking at alternative ways to heat their home. We run through some of the cheapest and most cost-effective ways of keeping your home warm during colder weather.
It may surprise you to learn that mains gas supply is actually one of the cheapest ways to heat your home; however, this depends on the age and efficiency of your system, your supplier, and your tariff. For the best result, shop around for the best deal and, if your boiler system is quite old, consider installing a newer, more efficient model. An initial outlay now could save you money in the longer term.
Electric tube heaters
With their space-saving design, electric tube heaters are perfect for heating smaller areas in the home, or rooms which are only used on an occasional basis, such as conservatories. Integrated thermostatic controls enable you to set the heat to come on only when the temperature drops below a certain level, making them much more convenient and cost effective than conventional fan heaters. Inbuilt timers also give you the option of heating an area before you use it, meaning you don’t have to contend with a freezing cold room first thing in the morning!
Heat pump systems are incredibly cost-effective. They extract heat from the ground, air or water and, employing an electric pump to boost the temperature, use it to heat your home or provide hot water. As well as being cost-effective, heat pumps are also eco-friendly and, with an approximate lifespan of 25 years, offer a great long-term investment. Heat pump systems also have the added advantage of being bi-functional, which means that they can also be used for air conditioning during warmer weather.
The popularity of wood-fired heaters such as wood boilers, furnaces and stoves has grown in recent years, and the ready availability of fuel makes this kind of system a simple and relatively inexpensive option for many homeowners. If you don’t want to use wood to heat your whole house, smaller rooms such as a lounge or ‘snug’ can be well-served by log burners or wood fires which offer effective heating as well lending a cosy atmosphere to a room – perfect on those cold, dark winter nights!
With an oil-fuelled heating system, the oil used for heating is stored on-site rather than coming from the grid. At the moment, the price of oil is relatively inexpensive, making it a wallet-friendly alternative for heating your home – however prices could change rapidly and it’s difficult to predict by how much, so it can also be a bit of a risky option.
Installing cost-effective heating systems is all well and good, but to really reap the benefits you need to make sure that your home is energy efficient and can easily retain the heat being generated.
Energy efficient measures such as double glazing, cavity wall insulation, using thick curtains and installing draught excluders are all simple, low-tech steps you can take to help keep your home warm and cosy throughout the winter months – however you choose to heat your home.