Five Easy Ways to Get Your Power and Heating Bills under Control
We all do our best to create a comfortable home, but keeping it that way can be quite a challenge. Especially, it gets cold and you need to have the heating on to keep everyone nice and warm. The fact the cost of fuel and power is continuing to rise means that simply turning the thermostat up is something most people cannot afford to do. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your home at a comfortable temperature without having to spend a fortune to do so.
Always use good quality heating oil
If you own an oil-fired boiler it is important to buy your heating oil from a well-established and trustworthy firm like supersaveroil.com. Your boiler will work more efficiently and require less maintenance if you use the best quality fuel.
Get your boiler serviced regularly
Having your boiler serviced every year will also help it to work more efficiently and save you money. It also gives you peace of mind because a well-serviced boiler will be far safer to use.
Shop around for the best deals
These days, it is well worth shopping around for the best electric and gas deals. When you do so, you will find that there is a significant difference in price between companies.
It is important to do this at least once a year, ideally during the summer. This is because most power companies put their prices up in the winter. Therefore, you will often get the best price if you switch during the summer months.
If you use heating oil it is often worth filling your tank during the summer months. At this time of the year, prices tend to be lower, because there is less demand. However, you need to be aware that this is not always the case. This is because the cost of heating oil is closely related to the price of crude oil. If the crude oil price happens to be high during the summer months because of a political situation it may be wiser to wait to see if the price falls. You can see the correlation between the two prices on this page. Reading this article will help you to better understand how to track the two prices and buy at the best time.
Gradually turn your thermostat down
Recent research has shown that most homeowners save around 3% for every degree that they turn their thermostat down. Most families find that if they do this gradually they do not really notice the difference.
Wear jumpers and use sofa throws
During a cold snap, ask everyone to put on a jumper or cardigan rather than automatically turning your thermostat back up. Everyone will soon get used to wearing a jumper around the home.
It is also wise to go out and buy a throw or blanket for each member of the family. You can either drape them over the back of each chair or fold them up and stow them in a drawer in the living room. That way will be close at hand and, therefore, more likely to be used. Most people find that they quite enjoy snuggling up under a blanket to watch a movie or read.
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