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How to cut down the cost of winter heating bills

Heating the house during the winter months is one of the main expenses for Spanish families. If heating is not used effectively, the energy consumption of heaters and other systems can increase the utility costs by 40%. Therefore, in order not to feel cold in your home and, at the same time, avoid wasting money, we are going to give you a series of useful tips here.

These recommendations, for the most part, are included in the "Small Gestures" campaign that has been introduced by the Institute for Energy Diversification and Energy Saving (IDAE). This scheme has emerged in support of the Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2014-2020.

To reduce energy consumption, the first thing to check is the condition of the thermostatic radiator valve and at the same time install thermostats and timers that allow temperature regulation according to the room's needs. The most comfortable indoor temperature should be between 21 and 25 degrees Celsius. The goal is to be comfortable at home without forgetting that it is winter. This means your home does not need to reach a temperature where you can wear short sleeved t-shirts.

The installation of armoured steel doors is a good idea because aside from being extremely safe, they have rock wool inside their layers. This is a material that acts as sound and thermal insulation. The same can be said for double-glazing thermal windows. In cities and regions where it is very cold in winter and hot in summer, these windows will help save money on energy in the long term.

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The application of thermal paints made from microscopic particles and the selection of those rooms that are north or south facing such as bedrooms and living rooms are also good decisions when saving on heating. It is also important to drain radiators when October arrives so that you are ready for the extreme cold. You should also avoid leaving the radiators ON when you are going out of the house and, if possible, switch them on only one hour before your arrival.

If you have a ducted heating system, buy equipment that has the 'inverter' technology. This system will turn off automatically when the selected temperature is reached and will be turned on periodically to maintain the desired temperature. By using such heating system, you will save money on your energy bills.

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