The cost of living crisis is on everyone’s mind and with the value of the pound tanking, combined with the cost of literally everything rising, it’s no wonder people are searching for easy ways to save money in winter.
There are plenty of methods that can be used to cut down on your spending during winter, however today we’re going to be discussing the simple, easy ways to save money in winter. These are things that can be implemented quickly or habits that can contribute a huge difference to the way in which we manage our households during the winter months.
By combining these techniques with other lifestyle changes, you should be able to cut back on your spending and even start a savings goal or squirrel some extra money away into your emergency bills fund with the help of a savings calculator. Now more than ever it’s important to make sure you’re staying on top of your finances and depositing savings away for the future.
Take a look at these easy ways to save money in winter and then ensure that you put your savings to good use!
Ditch the hairdryer and be mindful when boiling the kettle.
Save money in winter by being more mindful of the appliances you’re using in your home. Hairdryers, for example, can significantly raise your electricity bills, so why not switch to letting your hair dry naturally a few days a week?
Similarly, being more mindful about the amount of water you use when boiling the kettle can make a big difference. Only ever fill your kettle up with the amount of water that you need, and, if possible, ensure you use the boiling water straight away to avoid needing to re-boil it.
Large kitchen appliances, such as dishwashers and tumble driers, should be used only when they’re full if you want to save money. Washing machines also contribute a hefty amount of money to your energy bills, so in order to cut the cost of keeping your clothes clean, try washing only full loads and set your machine to wash at a lower temperature.
Keep the doors closed and cover up any drafts.
If you want to save money this winter, think carefully about the areas of your home you want to keep warm. Is it necessary for you to heat the whole house, including your corridors? Or would it be more beneficial to close the doors to all the rooms with radiators in to ensure that the heat circulates the room, rather than escaping into areas that don’t need to be heated?
Be sure to drought-proof your doors, windows, and any other areas that could allow heat to escape, for example, your loft hatch.
Turn your central heating down by a couple of degrees.
Even turning your heating down by one or two degrees can make a huge difference to your annual outgoings. Turning down your heating by just 1 degree can save you around £80 a year, depending on your energy provider. Of course, with the energy crisis in full swing, you may find that this sum isn’t as high as it once was, however, there are definitely still savings to be made. Turning your thermostat down by one or two degrees won’t make a difference to your home’s warmth, but it will definitely make a difference to your bank account.
It’s also worth checking that your central heating and radiators are all running at their optimal levels. Learn how to bleed your radiators yourself and check that rooms are heating up as they should. Turning the heating off in rooms that you do not use is also a very easy way to save money in winter.
Don’t trap heat behind curtains or furniture.
When it comes to getting the most out of your radiators, the most important rule is to ensure that there are no items of furniture blocking the heat from radiating. Placing large pieces of furniture in front of your radiators will prevent the heat from circulating and therefore render your heating extremely inefficient.
The same premise applies to homes with long curtains too. Although drawing your curtains in the evening is a great way of keeping the heat in, covering the radiators with your curtains traps the heat behind them and allows it to seep from your home. Always make sure that when you draw your curtains that you tuck them behind your radiator to allow the heat to circulate the room.
Leave the oven door open after you’ve finished cooking.
This is one of my favourite easy ways to save money because it’s so simple and doesn’t require any effort. When using the oven to cook evening meals or bake delicious goodies, stop turning it off and closing the door – instead, leave it open. Closing the oven door just traps all that warm hot air and it goes to waste. By leaving the oven door open when you’ve finished using it, you’re able to heat a small section of your home for no extra cost.
There are lots of ways to save money in winter, but by making small lifestyle changes like those mentioned above, you’ll be able to start saving money on your bills straight away. What are your top tips for saving money during the winter months? I’d love to know, so please leave a comment!