Over winter you just have to turn it on or light the fire. No matter how long you manage to put it off for, on one cold night in the middle of the season it’s needed. It can be expensive, of course, but there are other ways in which you can heat your home that will save you energy in the long run and maybe even some cash too. Improving your home does not need to be simply aesthetic, embarking upon energy saving improvements can be just as rewarding.
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If you are environmentally focused, this is for you. The ground stays warm in the summer and cool during winter, so if you harness its power you can heat your home using little to no energy and by burning no fossil fuels whatsoever. Pipes containing water and antifreeze are spread across your property underground, and by passing through a heat pump which collects the heat pipes it into your radiators. It is an incredibly future forward way of creating heat, that saves you money and helps the environment. There is a great geothermal heating and cooling guide which can help educate you on the intricacies of the system. You usually need to have a fairly large garden to install the piping, but if it is small the piping can be placed vertically instead.
You can save money through newer smart heating concepts which allow you to manage your home heating through your phone. An app, connected to a smart meter, lets you adjust the heat and turn it on and off. These smart systems burn fuel far more efficiently which is better for the environment and also saves you cash. Being able to turn the heating on and off from wherever you are is a great bonus too. Many people forget to turn it off when they go out, forcing them to pay more when the bill arrives. But the issue no longer exists as you can check it whenever you want via your phone. It allows you to be more comfortable too, on a cold day you can turn the heating on prior to returning home, letting it warm up ready for your arrival. Smart heating will dominate all heating systems before long, and so will light fixtures and plugs which can also be controlled from an app.
An older tried and tested method of saving energy and keeping your bills down. Insulation is placed in a loft and perhaps walls to stop the heat rising out of your home, keeping it warmer for longer. It can be relatively cheap and last for years on end, however, if you have never got it replaced it could be worth it, as the material degrades over time. Also, if you don’t have insulation you should check with your local council because some households are entitled to free insulation and installation, giving you a warmer home and saving you money as your heating systems will not need to be on for as long.