With the price of gas and electricity around the country set to rise once again, more and more people are looking to save money on their energy bills. There are a number of ways to do this, and number one on the list is to switch energy providers. Currently the smaller, independent gas and electricity suppliers are enjoying a better reputation than the UK's leading companies, thanks to better customer service and, for the most part, cheaper prices.
However, it is not particularly easy to change providers; it can take an extraordinarily long phone call before you make any headway into cancelling your contract; and there is no guarantee that the company you switch your service to will not raise their prices as well in a few months' time. In the long run this can leave you worse off than if you had stayed with your current provider.
If you are interested primarily in saving money in the long run, then there are improvements you can make around your home that will stop the energy you are paying for from escaping from your house. This means that you can turn your central heating off earlier and are therefore not paying for quite so much of it over the course of the winter months.
One of the cheapest ways to insulate your home is by purchasing loft insulation. This is inexpensive foam or fibreglass that can be bought from most good DIY and home improvement stores, and is relatively easy to fit yourself, which means you do not have to pay for fitting either. Likewise cavity wall insulation, though more expensive, is very often available from the local council, which means that it can be a very effective way to keep your home warm, whether you live in a council house or not.
UPVC composite doors and windows are another excellent way to keep the heat inside your home. Much thicker than traditional wooden panel style doors, they are also less prone to slipping and warping in their frames, which means they will almost certainly not let a draft in after a few years, and will not let anywhere near as much heat escape. They are also made of plastic, which is a much better insulator than wood naturally, so less heat energy will radiate through your doors and windows. When combined with double or triple glazed glass, this is the most cost effective way to ensure that the heat energy you are paying for does not escape from your home.
UPVC plastic doors are much better insulators than old wooden ones, so composite doors such as folding doors are able to save you money on your energy bills by keeping the heat inside your house.