Top 8 Ways to Keep Your Home Warm (and Save Money)

Updated: Nov 4


Whilst temperatures are dropping outdoors, it should remain nice and warm in your home. We’re not talking about turning up the thermostat (your utility bills shouldn’t send chills down your spine, either!). We’ve found clever tricks to make your home warm quickly and easily whilst helping you cut your bills. Curious to learn how? Keep reading to find out!

Whilst temperatures are dropping outdoors, it should remain nice and warm in your home. We’re not talking about turning up the thermostat (your utility bills shouldn’t send chills down your spine, either!). We’ve found clever tricks to make your home warm quickly and easily whilst helping you cut your bills. Curious to learn how? Keep reading to find out!


Open Your Curtains During The Day


The heat from the sun is free — open your curtains and make the most of it! Unwinding blinds and tying up curtains early in the morning allow sunlight to enter all day. When it gets dark, be sure to shut the curtains. Window treatments act as a layer of insulation, keeping the heat generated within the home. Also, be sure to check for any gaps in your windows to keep the cold air out.  Bonus: Upgrade to the ideal window treatments from the various types available. Generally, thick curtains and drapes will aid insulation.

The heat from the sun is free — open your curtains and make the most of it! Unwinding blinds or tying up curtains early in the morning allows sunlight to enter all day. When it gets dark, be sure to shut the curtains. Window treatments act as a layer of insulation, keeping the heat generated within the home. Also, be sure to check for any gaps in your windows to keep the cold air out.


Bonus: Upgrade to the ideal window treatments from the various types available. Generally, thick curtains and drapes will aid insulation.


Move Furniture Away From Radiators


Curling up on your couch right in front of your radiator may be your favourite way to warm up, but that furniture piece is obstructing the heat from circulating in the room!  Furniture pieces placed directly opposite (and close to) radiators absorb the heat that would otherwise warm up the room. Moving them away clears blockages in the flow of heat and allows hot air to circulate freely.  Pro tip: Placing a floating shelf over a radiator (if you have enough room) can prevent warm air from rising too quickly.

Curling up on your couch right in front of your radiator may be your favourite way to warm up, but that furniture piece is obstructing the heat from circulating in the room!


Furniture pieces placed directly opposite (and close to) radiators absorb the heat that would otherwise warm up the room. Moving them away clears blockages in the flow of heat and allows hot air to circulate freely.


Pro tip: Placing a floating shelf over a radiator (if you have enough room) can prevent warm air from rising too quickly.


Install Insulation


A whopping 25% of heat is lost through the roof in uninsulated homes. This makes it essential to install insulation throughout your loft, flat roof, or attic. Doing so not only keeps your house warmer during the winter but also reduces utility bills.  This may be quite an initial investment but saves money in the long run (loft insulation can pay for itself in its 40-year lifetime). You may want to check with your energy supplier if they are offering insulation schemes or discounted prices for loft insulation.

A whopping 25% of heat is lost through the roof in uninsulated homes. This makes it essential to install insulation throughout your loft, flat roof, or attic. Doing so not only keeps your house warmer during the winter but also reduces utility bills.


This may be quite an initial investment but saves money in the long run (loft insulation can pay for itself in its 40-year lifetime). You may want to check with your energy supplier if they are offering insulation schemes or discounted prices for loft insulation.


Reflect Heat With Radiator Panels


Central heating radiators also tend to heat up the wall behind them — a complete waste of heat! Placing a reflector on this wall bounces back some of the heat into the room, saving wasted energy. This warms the room at a faster pace.  While there are radiator reflectors you may purchase, you can also set one up yourself using cardboard cartons and other inexpensive materials. This, of course, is cheaper than the former.

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Central heating radiators also tend to heat up the wall behind them — a complete waste of heat! Placing a reflector on this wall bounces back some of the heat into the room, saving wasted energy. This warms the room at a faster pace.


While there are radiator reflectors you may purchase, you can also set one up yourself using cardboard cartons and other inexpensive materials. This, of course, is cheaper than the former.


Install Door Sweepers


Ever feel cold air seeping beneath doors leading to the outside? Consider adding a door sweep. Nylon door sweeps are popular in this regard, and are installed along the inside bottom edge of the door.  You especially want to double-check this in the garage, where cold air can be blocked with garage door seals.

Credit: MD Building Products


Ever feel cold air seeping beneath doors leading to the outside? Consider adding a door sweep. Nylon door sweeps are popular in this regard, and are installed along the inside bottom edge of the door.


You especially want to double-check this in the garage, where cold air can be blocked with garage door seals.


Lower The Thermostat


You heard that right! Lowering the thermostat by a few degrees doesn’t matter much in terms of comfort, but can contribute to a considerable reduction in heating bills. Generally, turning thermostats back by a few degrees for an average of 8 hours per day can save significant amounts in energy bills annually.  Whether that means adding an extra blanket to your bed during the night or tying up curtains during the day to make the most of free heat, making adjustments to lower your thermostat can really save you a good amount of money.

You heard that right! Lowering the thermostat by a few degrees doesn’t matter much in terms of comfort, but can contribute to a considerable reduction in heating bills. Generally, turning thermostats back by a few degrees for an average of 8 hours per day can save significant amounts in energy bills annually.


Whether that means adding an extra blanket to your bed during the night or tying up curtains during the day to make the most of free heat, making adjustments to lower your thermostat can really save you a good amount of money.


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