* Put a door snake or draft stopper at the bottom of each external door. This might seem so basic or simple but it's amazing how much cold air comes in that little gap. You can make your own door snake using scraps of material and filling it with rice, rags or sawdust.
* Open the curtains when the sun is shining on the windows. By the same token, as soon as the sun starts to go down, close your curtains to keep the warmth in.
* If you have a programable heating thermostat, reduce your heating time gradually. Shaving fifteen minutes off each heating time really does add up and make a difference to your bill. If you take your kids to school at 8.45 am each morning, you don't need the heating on until the minute you leave the house. Chances are you and the kids are running around getting ready until the last minute getting hot and bothered. Try turning the heater off at 8 - 8.15 am.
* Put an extra jumper on for warmth. Yes I know, it's so obvious but I've been in homes when the heating is on and people are walking around in t shirts. Really !!!
* Close off any rooms that don't have heating ducts. In my home it's the toilet and laundry. By keeping the doors closed you are not heating rooms that are rarely used.
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