As well as the more conventional jumpers and blankets, there are, somewhat inevitably, gadgets that you can use to make your heating more efficient. And save you some cash.
- Radiator booster things-you can get all kinds of things to go on top of your radiators that help to spread the heat from the radiator around the room/house
A cheaper alternative, is a good old-fashioned shelf!
- Radiator Reflector Panels-you place them behind your radiator and the idea is that they help to reflect the heat back into the room, rather than letting it escape throughout the walls. Apparently (and understandably) these are of most use on radiators on external walls, and in houses without any kind of wall insulation. I am told that the DIY approach is to cover cardboard sheets in good old tin foil, and stick these on-anyone tried this?
- If you’ve got a log burner, then one of these fans helps to distribute the heat
- I am reliably informed by those more technically minded than me, that you can now gets Apps that allow you to control your heating remotely-so if you are going to be late, you can delay the time your heating comes on, and save a few pennies. Here is one from British Gas, that I found with a quick bit of Googling, and this one can connect to the UK weather reports to help optimise your heating!
- Chop-clocs-automatically turn off your heating for a short period every hour, so that it reduces your heating bills without you noticing any change in the temperature-we have whole post on these beauties to come!
- I have to confess to having little or no interest in the world of thermostats, BUT Eddy, our B&Q energy advisor did comment on the particularly rubbish location of ours (in the hall, just outside the kitchen). He started to tell me all about wireless thermostats, which you can place in your main living area. I did glaze over a little at this point, but they do exist, and they could help to save you some money
Anyone got any experience of using any of these? Or got anything to add to the list?