Keeping your rented home warm this winter

Will Leyland, 31 August 2022

Having said that, it’s also an excellent way to ensure that you’re not spending over the odds on your energy bills so that you’re able to save yourself some money across the colder months.  It may seem a little premature to look to implement these kinds of measures in August, and we’re not suggesting you do it right now, but with Autumn round the corner, it’s never too early to start to consider this. 

With energy prices set to rise significantly, we’re here to help our landlords that rent out their property, and also the tenants looking to move into them. The Independent has reported that the regulator Ofgem has announced that household energy bills will hit a staggering £3,549 by October, so with these increases in mind, it is worth keeping an eye on our energy usage. Here we’ve got a few tips on how to keep your home warm for less this year.

Use curtains to contain heat

During the day, it’s best to open your curtain to allow the heat into your home; the sunlight will be retained if you keep your windows shut. This will allow natural light to increase the temperature without escaping.

Similarly, at night close your curtains more or less as soon as it gets dark to operate as an extra layer of insulation against escaping heat.

Use your timers

For your boiler, try setting the timer to turn it on 30 minutes before you get up rather than firing it up as soon as you get into the living room.

According to research, doing this but at a lower temperature saves you energy and money whilst warming your house to a good temperature over a longer period.
If you have your sofa against the radiator, it may feel great to be directly next to the heat, however, furniture that’s sat directly in front of radiators will absorb the heat and block it from circulating through the room.

Place furniture effectively

If you have sofas, chairs or other large pieces of furniture that are likely to absorb heat then it may make sense to rearrange your room for the winter months to maximise your central heating system.

Consider lowering the heating temperature

Research suggests that lowering your central heating temperature by just 1 degree can mean up to 10% saved on your heating bills.

Public Health England recommends a temperature of at least 18 degrees celsius through the winter months, so rather than going into the mid twenties, consider turning down the heating a little bit and save yourself a significant amount of money.

If you’re moving, check the property’s insulation

Research suggests that lowering your central heating temperature by just 1 degree can mean up to 10% saved on your heating bills.

Ultimately, this can save you a significant amount of money in the long term, so why not get in touch with us if you’re looking for a new property?


Will Leyland, 31 August 2022