With promises of snow heading to the UK in the coming weeks, household efforts to keep the heat in and the chill out will be ramped up. That’s why Hoppy.co.uk have shared their tips on how consumers can cut back on the cost of heating their home in the run up to one of the most expensive times of the year!

Home interiors

When looking at the changes you can make around your home to save on your household bills, it’s a good idea to think about the interior. For example, not only lighting can have a vast impact on the look and feel of a room. Your choice of lighting not only affects the aesthetic of a room but the bulbs you choose can also have a large impact on your energy bills too.

Keeping your home warm is important but so is saving financially wherever you can

Simply changing the bulbs in your home to LED bulbs, can save households on average £7 a year per LED lightbulb, on energy usage and the bulbs can last for two whole decades, saving the additional cost of rebuying. In addition to this, if the crisp winter chill in the air inspires you to overhaul your home interiors, it’s worth considering your choice of paint colour. Darker tones such as on-trend deep navy will absorb the heat in your home, resulting in a warmer space.

Insulate your pipes 

Having exposed pipes through your house may be costing you money as the heat escaping is simply lost in your home. By wrapping some insulating foam tubes around your pipes, the heat will be contained within the pipes, resulting in less heat wasted. Obviously, another benefit of insulation is its ability to stop pipes from freezing. Frozen pipes are common during the coldest winter months especially in homes on a budget. By insulating your pipes, you can become more energy efficient in a low-cost manner.

Time your heating 

Having the heating on 24/7 is costly and while it may be tempting to have a cosy home, there are ways of doing it so that you can save energy and money. If you are working, make sure you can put a timer on your heater and set for the heating to come one hour before you wake up and one hour before you return home. By doing this you will save endless amounts on your heating bills whilst keeping your house warm.

Get a little help

Those who are really struggling with their heating bills should see if they are eligible for the government’s Warm Home Discount Scheme for this winter. The scheme could give those eligible £140 off their electricity or gas bill. It is advisable for those who are struggling to check with their energy supplier to see if they are eligible for the scheme. Getting help if needed could give many homes the reassurance that they can stay warm and not break the bank doing so.

Switch and save

Making small changes round the home is a great way to lower the cost of your energy bills. However, it’s also important to ensure you are on the best energy deal available to you with an energy provider compatible to your household’s needs. Research has shown that if you have been with the same provider for several years then it is likely that you are paying more than you should for your energy usage.

Hoppy works with trusted and accredited service providers across the industry to compare all publicly available energy tariffs and offer the widest choice of the cheapest deals available to consumers. This service enables users to easily switch providers of the cheapest utility, broadband/tv and mobile deals in the country – and creating savings of up to £458 per year on utilities.

For more information, go on-line at: www.hoppy.co.uk