How to heat a home efficiently

Jan 22, 2024
how to heat a home efficiently
With temperatures dipping below zero and energy prices rising, heating your home efficiently has never been more important. This guide dives into some of the most energy-efficient ways to feel warm all winter without spending a fortune.

The most energy-efficient ways to heat your home

Find our top energy-efficient heating tips below, from draught-proofing windows and doors to installing heating pumps.

1. Invest in high-quality insulation

Around 25% of heat loss in your home occurs through the roof and 35% through the walls, meaning high-quality insulation can make a difference. Consider adding or updating your walls, loft and floor insulation. 
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2. Draught-proof windows and doors

Draught-proofing is one of the most effective ways to stop cold air from getting in. Blocking unwanted gaps helps trap warm air, meaning you’ll use less energy to heat your home. Draught-proofing windows and doors can save you up to £90 a year, while draught-proofing your chimney could save you up to £75. 

3. Regularly service your boiler

Regularly servicing your boiler is essential to heat your home efficiently. If it’s older than 12 years, consider updating it to a more energy-efficient model. 

4. Install a gas central heating system 

Gas is typically cheaper than electricity, so installing a gas central heating system can lower running costs. Gas is also cleaner in its CO2 emissions compared to other oil-fired systems. 

5. Consider getting a smart meter

Smart meters help you monitor your energy consumption to know exactly when you spend the most. They send their recordings to your energy supplier via an online connection. 

6. Make the most of natural light

If your home enjoys abundant natural light throughout the day, make the most of it. For instance, leave the curtains open so sunlight can enter, or place your plants in front of a south-facing window so they receive enough light.

7. Heat only the rooms you use

Another trick for heating your home efficiently while reducing running costs is warming up only the rooms you use. Turn the other radiators to the frost-protection setting rather than off completely. Keep doors shut to retain the heat.  

8. Opt for renewable energy heat pumps

Air source heat pumps, or air-to-water heat pumps, transfer heat from the outside air to water. This heats your home via the radiators or underfloor heating.
Installing heat pumps typically costs around £14,000, but this varies depending on the pump size, the type of property and whether you need to change how heat is distributed in your home.

What temperature should the thermostat be set at?

According to Simple Energy Advice, the thermostat should be set between 18 and 20 degrees. 

Should I leave the heating on low all day?

According to the Energy Saving Trust, you should turn on the heating only when needed. A good practice is setting a timer so you don’t forget to turn it off. 

Is underfloor heating energy-efficient?

Underfloor heating systems are more efficient than radiators. They don’t rely on convection currents to distribute heat, meaning less heat is lost. They can also help prevent draughts and distribute heat more evenly. 
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