How to keep warm for less this winter

Energy bills can run riot in winter. As if it wasn’t bad enough that we need to use more gas and electricity to keep our homes cozy during the darker, colder months, but there’s the inevitable energy price rises to contend with as well.

The good news is, there are a number of ways you can protect yourself against rising energy bills – one is to simply switch energy provider, the other is to be a bit smarter about when and how you use gas and electricity.

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So, before the cold snap kicks in, check out these five simple ways to keep warm this winter – and the best news is, they won’t cost you a penny but could save you a packet…

1. Wrap yourself up, turn the thermostat down

You wrap up warm when you go out into the cold, so why not do the same when you’re indoors?

Knock the thermostat down a degree or two to save energy, then put a hoody and an extra pair of socks on around the house and you won’t even notice the difference – until you see the effect it has on your energy bills, which could be as much as £60 a year cheaper.

2. Let your radiators radiate

If you’ve anything sat directly in front of your radiators – we’re talking things like curtains and couches, not kids – this will block the heat, meaning it can’t circulate properly around the room. This means your heating system will have to work harder to heat the room, using more energy and costing you more money.

Try shifting your furniture around a bit to let the heat freely radiate from your radiators, even just moving things a bit further away to keep more distance will help.

3. Open and close the right doors

Heat escapes through open doors, so if you’re sat in the living room with the heating on, make sure you close all doors leading into that room, to help keep the warm air in. Not all doors should be shut though – if you’re having a shower, or cooking in the kitchen, it can actually help to leave the doors open in those rooms, so the heat from them can circulate around the rest of the house.

4. Get out more

If you’re not at home, it doesn’t need heating – so get out and about a bit more and make the most of those crisp winter days with walks in the park. And instead of having friends and family round, arrange to meet in a cozy coffee shop or pub – just don’t spend all the money you’ll save in heating costs on beer or expensive cappuccinos.

5. Switch energy provider

If you’re paying over the odds for your gas and electricity, simply switching provider and onto a cheaper tariff is the simplest way to save money on your energy bills. UK Power’s energy comparison service is completely free to use, and it only takes a few minutes to run quotes that compare prices from a complete range of energy providers.

Just enter your postcode at UK Power to start running quotes, and you could soon be on your way to saving hundreds of pounds on your annual energy bills.

5 free and easy ways to keep warm for less this winter

Beat the energy price hikes with these 5 free and easy ways to save energy and save money this winter.

Beat the energy price hikes with these 5 free and easy ways to save energy and save money this winter. switch with UK Power and start saving today.

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Les Roberts - Energy Expert at UKPower

Les Roberts - Energy Expert at UKPower

If you’ve got an issue with your energy supplier, our consumer champion Les is on hand to help. A decade in consumer affairs means Les understands how confusing energy tariffs can be, so he'll cut through the jargon to help make sure you get the best deal.