Lower your heating cost

Smart heating with petWALK

The colder months require more heat and warmth. Neither us or our beloved four legged partners want to freeze during those cold times, however the constant heating can hurt your wallet quite a bit. That’s why we want to offer you some smart tips and tricks by petWALK in order to give you an overview on how to lower your heating cost and still remain warm and comfy.

 

 

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The words “heating cost” should not be too unfamiliar for the most of you. Especially within the cold winter months this particular topic gains a lot of relevance and attention. Of course neither one of us wants to live in the cold, however if you take a look at your bills at the end of the month, your frown probably won’t be turtned upside down. What to do? Well lucky for you there are a few helpful ways that will keep you warm and your wallet happy. Let us take a look at our guide made just for you!

16 tips and tricks to save on heating costs

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#1: Store heat like a champ with petWALK

Doch was, wenn Ihr geliebter Vierbeiner regelmäßig das Haus verlassen muss, wodurch wiederum Wärme entflieht? Hier kommt petWALK ins Spiel, denn unsere Türen bieten exzellenten Schutz vor Wärmeentweichung, da sie auch bei Benutzung zu 100 Prozent isolieren. Somit bleibt es warm und Ihre Lieblinge gelangen trotzdem zu jeder Zeit ins Freie. One area that you have to pay special attention to, is isolating your doors and windows. Open areas can result in loss of heat, which is quite counterproductive. You can easily take care of that by checking whether or not you can feel a draft coming from the outside. Rubber tape, rubber joints or special foamed materials will help you keep even the tiniest bit of heat inside your house.
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#2: A stove made out of gold

Maybe a bit unconventional, however one of the most effective heating methods has its origin in the kitchen. Whether you’re a whiz when it comes to baking cakes or rather roasting a turkey: the effect will remain the same. Your oven as well as your stove produce a respectable amount of heat, which you can use to keep those heating costs at a minimum. In addition to that, you will also save money which you could rather spend at a nice night out!
Insider’s tip:

After using your oven, do not close its door. That way you can take advantage of that warm air coming out after a baking session.

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#3: Location, location, location

You should carefully consider your optimal temperature depending on each location of your home. It is always smart to make sure that no room is either too hot or too cold. That way it is possible to achieve a high sense of comfort in addition to lowering your monthly expenses. Take a look at the following numbers provided by the Federal Environment Agency. They will help you get the right idea of what optimal temperatures look like:

 

  • Living room: approx. 20 °C
  • Bedroom: approx. 17 °C
  • Kitchen: approx. 18 °C
  • Nursery: approx. 22 °C
Insider’s tip:

You can lower your general usage by 6 percent with each degrees Celsius you save.

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#4: Ready, set, blow!

Even if it doesn’t sound all too logical: opening your windows and blowing out air on a regular basis does help with saving heating costs a lot. However it is critically important that your walls do not cool down while doing so. That might happen if you keep your windows tilted for too long. The consequences are that the air quality itself won’t improve that much compared to the loss of warmth thorughout a longer period of time. The solution? Blow air! It’s one of the most efficient ways of letting air go through your home, where the windows are only open for a couple of minutes. Cross ventilation would be another option you could try. In that scenario, two windows which are located opposite of each other are opened, which is going to let the fresh air move thorugh the rooms. Generally speaking, it is advised to open your windows a couple of times a day.
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#5: Throw shade like Dracula

Take advantage of your blinds and shutters in order to keep the warmth inside your room. In addition to keeping your house nice and dark you can also lower your monthly costs. The keyword: isolation! Curtains as well as blinds create a form of isolation and prevent the heat  from fading away during the night time.

Traditional curtains aren’t too common in many households these days due to their “old-fashioned” aesthetics. However when it comes to smart heat savings, they can definitely be an ace up your sleeve. An additional side effect: nosy people won’t get a chance to peek into your room.

Insider’s tip:

Additionally carpets can provide another costefficient method for saving on your monthly expenses. When you compare them to wooden floors or floortiles, you will instantly notice that it’s much more comfortable and warmer in general to walk on carpets. Your four legged friends will definitely appreciate that as well 🙂

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#6: Make way for the radiator

You always want to make sure that your radiator is placed in the open and not concealed by some item within your home. That will prevent it from spreading the heat consistently through your house – the warmth will only stay within a small area close to the radiator. If there is no other option, at least make sure to place your furniture no closer than 30cm to the radiator. If your radiator is positioned under a window, place your curtain above the radiator. That will prevent the heat from fading away through your windows.
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#7: Towards the sun

Your furry family members as well as yourself appreciate the light of the sun. So let it work in your favor! Take advantage of sunny days and stay away from unnecessary heating. Sun rays will fill any room with natural heat in addition to good vibes and energy. That is also possible during the cold winter months, since the suns effects won’t be any weaker during that time. So go ahead and open your blinds and curtains and watch as your heating bills as well as your snowman in front of your house melt away.
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#8: Our four-legged partners show us how it's done!

Before thinking of adjusting the thermostat right away, it might be a good idea to take a look into your closet.  That might sound mundane, however that is an extremely efficient way to save money. Instead of walking around in your shorts, try putting on some comfy socks and fluffy sweaters. After all our pets are well suited even for the coldest temperatures, so we might be able to learn a thing or two.

Fun Fact: By increasing your temperature by 1 degrees Celsius you will increase the heating usage by 6 percent.

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#9: Babysteps towards your comfort temperature

If you are in posession of a central thermostat, it’s a good idea to adjust it to your optimal temperature right away. If you are not sure what your desired temperature is, take little steps towards it. Adjust the thermostat gently by a few degrees and see if you like it. It is recommended to start low and slowly move towards a higher number. The same can be said for your radiator.

Fun Fact: Level 3 equates to approximately 20 degrees Celsius. Said levels translate to 3 degrees Celsius respectively. If you feel like the temperature needs adjustment, slowly change it by only a few degrees Celsius.

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#10: Out of sight, out of mind

Since you won’t be spending 365 days within your four walls, you might want to adjust your heating situation as well. If you are on holiday or out of town for a longer period of time, it’s a good idea to turn down your thermostat. That way you will save valuable energy and money. The national environmental agency has provided the following facts:

 

  • if you are gone for about two days, decrease your temperature to 15 degrees Celsius
  • if you are gone for more than two days, set your temperature below 15 degrees Celsius
Insider’s tip:

A huge improvement in that area are programmable thermostats or smart thermostats. That way you will be able to control your temperature even if you are not home, since they can be linked with your smart home.

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#11: Attention! Air in the pipes

There is a chance that air might pile up within the heating mechanism. That’s a bad thing, because that way you won’t be able to achieve consistant heating results. In addition to that your energy loss might increase by a significant amount. Fortunately that’s quite easily recognizable due to a “gurgle” noise. By following these steps, you’ll be able to release the piled up air all by yourself:

    • Check the radiator’s pressure and refill it with water if necessary
    • Turn up the radiator on max and let it heat up
    • If there are multiple floors, it might be a good idea to start at the bottom and work your way up
    • Place a collecting vessel underneath the vent valve
    • The valve must only be opened with the appropriate tools
    • Wait a few moments until the air hast left entirely and you only see water running out (careful, hot water!)
    • Finally close the valve firmly and turn off the radiator
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#12: Pump it!

An intriguing alternative compared to regular radiators would be a heat pump. You will definitely have a clear advantage when it comes to efficiency and eco friendliness. Only a quarter of required energy comes directly from your plug-socket. In addition to that, your heat pump will be the only central heating mechanism, which will let your house stay nice and cool during those hot summer months. This system will provide you with a climate friendly alternative, which will aid you all summer long. Your cat or dog will also appreciate a cool breeze in the summer. A great solution for the whole year!

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#13: Don't be afraid and isolate

As we’ve already established, “efficient heating” basically means storing the gained heat within your house for as long as possible. In order to achieve that, you might want to consider using an insulating layer. Place it right behind the radiator for maximum results. This method will prevent the heat from escaping your four walls too quickly. You can find an insulating mat in all shapes and sizes in almost any construction store. Think about whether or not you want one with an aluminum cover

Insider’s tip:

Aluminum reflects the entire heat and provides better heating results.
However you should also consider that the process of “insulating” requires a certain level of expertise, which is why you should definitely consult a professional before taking action.

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#14: Say goodbye to your old heat blower

Sometimes, during those cold moments in life, all you can think about is setting up your old electric heat blower and let it do its work underneath the table. However, you might want to reconsider: heating with hot air is an incredibly energy-intensive process. These devices require a lot of energy and you won’t get much out of it in return. That’s not very “living green”. Many times you won’t even feel any heat, since it’s only warm where the hot air reaches you. If you’re out of reach, you’re out of luck. The same goes for radiant heaters by the way.

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#15: Just try something new

Even if there are some neat tricks to save on heating costs: sometimes a new investment pays off.That also goes for building- and insulation materials. After a while some things have to be replaced, no trick in the world can prevent that from happening. The best case scenario would be to replace your heating pump every 10 years. A bonus effect: a new model consumes less energy and lets you save up to 130€ per year.

Insider’s tip:

A heating pump also works with common radiators. With newer houses, there usually are things like underfloor heating integrated, however you can still make use of your existing radiator. That means you might want to consider intergrating a heating pump during the restoration of your home.

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#16: You don't have to be conservative to get a conservatory

Apart from the already mentioned advantages of a conservatory in our other blog post, there are additional considerable upsides such as heat generation. The two key aspects you should pay special attention to are isolating- and heat-absorbing glass. You should definitely keep that in mind when planning out your project in the early stages, since that will determine the rest of your house’s architecture. That way you can maximize the possible heat generation of your conservatory. You can also take advantage of the sun’s heat generation and use it to heat up your home. Additionally, placing plants around your house will protect it from heating up too much. Plus they will produce clean oxygen, which will make life much more enjoyable for pets and humans alike. 

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