5 ways to save money on your heating when you work from home

Working from home in the winter is great! You don’t have to leave the house when it’s miserable and grey. You don’t have to get wet unnecessarily, although it literally only rains in the UK during the school run hours.  BUT you also end up wearing fifty billion layers to keep warm.  I used to be someone who had the heating on all the time until I realised as the adult I now have to pay for it! I’m forever shutting doors, closing curtains, snuggled under blankets wearing bed socks.

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As the children get older, we seem to spend more and more money on gas and electric.  We recently changed suppliers in the hope of reducing our bills. I think I spend 50% of my time running around, shutting doors, unplugging devices and turning lights off! Any little thing we can do to reduce our bills and heating waste.

5 ways to save money on your heating when you work from home : 

  1. Close Doors:  We waste a great deal of heat by, leaving doors open (can you hear me children!) and through drafts in our windows.  Consider shutting all your doors, windows and draw the curtains. Invest in draft excluders and tape to put around windows.
  2. Lower the temperature : Even reducing the thermostat temperature by 1°C could save you £40 a year and I bet you wouldn’t even notice.
  3. Bolier health : How efficient is your boiler? Boiler Installation Leeds suggest servicing your boiler yearly to ensure you are getting optimum operation. Getting your boiler fixed in an emergency can be expensive, by having regular services you eliminate any issues before they get to crisis point. You might even consider getting a completely new boiler if so look for ones that are more energy-efficient to save you money in the long run.
  4. Radiators : Add radiator reflectors to stop heat from escaping out the walls. Ensure nothing is in front of the radiator which might stop circulation, ie. sofas, cabinets, beds etc …
  5. Think before you switch : It can be easy to just turn on the heating but before you do have a scout around. Are any windows or doors open? Can you add any extra layers – jumpers, dressing gowns, gloves or bed socks? Maybe a blanket or hot water bottle to raise your temperature a bit. Get up and move, when you sit still for ages you feel colder than if you move about and warm up your muscles.

I have this awesome infographic from Woolfoot with 10 suggestions some extra ones to mine looking at how to save money on your heating bill this winter. What ways do you have to cut back on your heating bills during the winter, especially when working from home?

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7 Comments

  1. January 31, 2020 / 2:44 pm

    This was really interesting – when switching to an office job to working from (a very cold and draughty) home I had completely underestimated how much of a cost and a worry the extra heating would be. Found this post very interesting.

  2. February 11, 2020 / 5:21 pm

    Hi,
    Since I started working from home in fall of 2018 I switched to wood stove heating, since I am always at home I can feed the fire all day. I save 75% on heating in the winter by doing this.
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  3. February 12, 2020 / 2:21 pm

    I am one of those people who really does not like radiators on, it plays havoc with my skin, I would much rather wear a jumper or have an extra blanket on the bed x

  4. February 13, 2020 / 3:00 pm

    Some great ideas here. I had radiator thermostats installed and turn down all the radiators in the rooms I’m not using during the day. It’s a five minute job morning and night but it makes all the difference.

  5. February 19, 2020 / 2:51 am

    Great tips there! Been struggling with my transition from working in an office-based to working from home especially with my expectation (having lesser expenses) and all that. Thank you Joanne!

  6. April 29, 2020 / 2:50 pm

    These tips are really informative and helpful. I would love to try this. Thank you for sharing. All the best!