AS WINTER quickly approaches, many residents may be concerned about their heating bill during the colder months but one company has shared ways you can help keep your heating costs low.

OFTEC has shared the tips after a rent survey found that 55 per cent of adults in the UK worry about their heating costs and 15 per cent said it was a constant source of concern.

The advice includes:

  • Adjust the times on your heating controls so the house only warms up when you need it to. Research shows heating an empty home for just two hours a day can increase your bill by approximately £100.

  • Bleed your radiators so they work as efficiently as possible.

  • Check if you are eligible for financial support. Cold Weather Payment Schemes can help contribute to heating bills if you meet certain criteria.

  • Book your boiler in for a service to ensure it is running correctly.

Malcolm Farrow, from OFTEC, said: “As the days get colder, it’s that time of year when many of us have already switched the heating back on.

“But remember, if you haven’t used your system in several months, there are a few key steps you can take to make sure everything is working correctly and efficiently. Not only can this help lower your fuel bills but it also reduces the likelihood of any problems emerging over the winter period.

“For some households, it may be a very uncertain few months following a challenging year with the pandemic and wider concerns about energy costs. There is financial support available so it’s important to check your eligibility to help manage your heating needs over winter.”