JANUARY 20, 2017 | BY Perthshire Property Services
Keep your home warm and your bills down!

With the second mildest Christmas day ever behind us but quickly followed by freezing temperatures it has been a winter full of surprises. To help cope with cold weather and to stop you living in an igloo we’ve put together some helpful tips for keeping your property warm and your costs low:

Closing your curtains – Definitely the best place to start!. According to research conducted by the University of Salford  closing the curtains can immediately reduce total heat loss by between 15 – 17%

Invest in a rug – Many of us these days have wood or tiled flooring, which is great for keeping clean, but not so much for keeping warm! Using a large rug will stop any draughts coming though the floor, but will also keep your toes toasty too.

Door curtains – hanging a curtain over any external doors will stop any draughts – you’d be surprised how much cold air can sneak in through letterboxes, pet doors and any other small gaps! ‘Sausage dog’ draught excluders can also be used to stop cold air getting in under the doors between rooms.

Radiators – Heat from your radiators not only goes into the room, but a significant percentage absorbed into the wall. Radiator reflector foil is claimed to stop this by up to 50% and only costs from as little as £5.99 for a 470mm x 4m roll. As you are renting if you want to use the foil make sure that you don’t permanently mark or damage the walls. As a general rule furniture shouldn't be backed up directly against a radiator and clothes should be dried on an airer instead of on the radiators to avoid condensation (and potential mould)

Timers and Thermostat – Programming your boiler to turn the heating on a little earlier when the cold weather hits it’s actually cheaper than putting it on full blast when you need it. For example, setting the heating to come on at normal temperature half an hour before you get up in the morning will mean the house is nice and warm when you get up as the boiler heats up at the same speed no matter what temperature the thermostat is set at.