How to keep your home warm

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January is Big Energy Saving Month! We’re working with Citizens Advice Scotland to help people save energy, cut their bills, and get the financial support they’re entitled to.

Us Scots have the longest heating season and the highest energy bills in the UK. Keeping warm can be particularly challenging if you live in an older home. If you’re struggling to keep up with your heating costs or find it difficult to keep your home warm, we can help – read on for some top tips, and get in touch if you’d like more advice.

Keep the heat in

Draught-proofing is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to save energy and money, and keep your home warm. Whether it’s gaps around your doors or cracks in your floorboards, blocking small gaps stops heat escaping and keeps cold air out.  You do need to be careful not to block up ventilation – check out Energy Saving Trust’s guide to draught-proofing to tackle the most common draughts in your home. If you’re looking for a lockdown project, use our knitting pattern to make your own ‘Doug the caterpillar’ draught excluder – you might recognise him from our TV ads!

If you’re looking to make more home improvements, upgrading your insulation could reduce your bills and make your home more comfortable. If your home isn’t insulated, it could be losing a third of its heat through the walls, and a quarter through the roof. Even if your loft has some insulation, it could be worth topping this up if it’s below the recommended depth of 270mm. The type of wall insulation suitable for your home will depend on what type of walls you have – find out more about home insulation from Energy Saving Trust.

Make the most of your heating system

Over half of the typical Scottish energy bill goes on heating and hot water. Getting the best use out of your heating system can help reduce your bills, as well as making your home more comfortable. If you don’t already have heating controls, installing and using a full set could save you £75 a year. Make sure you know your thermostat from your programmer – watch to find out how to get the most out of your heating system:

Get some specialist advice

When it comes to keeping homes warm, we know our stuff. We’re funded by the Scottish Government to give free, impartial advice and have helped thousands of Scottish households make their homes warmer and save money on their bills. More than 2,000 people a week turned to us for advice last year so, chances are, we’ve helped someone in the same situation as you.

Our specialist advisors can provide tailored advice that’s specific to your home. If it’s time to top up your insulation or upgrade your heating system, we’ll help you work out what options would suit your home and lifestyle best, and what you could save as a result. We’ll also let you know what funding is available – you could be eligible for help worth up to £5,000 for improvements like heating and insulation, through the Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotland programme. We also offer interest-free loans with cashback of up to 75% for energy saving home improvements.

Give us a call on 0808 808 2282 or leave your details here and we’ll be in touch.

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