Some of the best ideas are the simplest like the one about putting a couple of bricks in the cistern. In a busy household with the toilet flushed a dozen times a day the saving in water consumption by the day and quarter makes a marked difference to the water bill.
In winter when we feel the need to use the central heating the temptation is to run it too high when we should all be looking at 18C as the best temperature.
If this means we cannot stroll around in t-shirts and shorts then wearing jeans and a jumper is a small price to pay for the saving in gas bills. It is estimated that for every one degree reduced in heating temperature up to10% comes off the gas bill.
Timing is also a critical part of saving on bills with thermostats and boiler timed to go off well before you leave the house in the morning and come back on just in time for the house to feel warm when you return.
Even towel radiator valves should be programmed to come on and off at the appropriate time. Some people find that a large towel radiator is enough to heat the smaller bathroom without the need for an additional radiator.
If this is the case then an electric radiator separated from the general house central heating system is the answer.
Electric towel radiators can be programmed to come on and off as required and for most people that is half an hour before getting up in the morning and half an hour before going to bed.
With all the tricks to save on bills it’s all a bit meaningless if the insulation in the home is poor. Particularly in older properties draughts can be the biggest curse when trying to stay warm and it’s often the outer doors that let in most of the cold air.