Heating: 10 ways to save your bill

Heating: 10 ways to save your bill

With the winter season almost upon us, the heating is coming on. And with it, an extra cost for families. How can we keep our home heating costs down and our house safe at the same time? Here are 10 essential tips for the heating season:

1. Keep temperatures no higher than 20°C. Aside from the fact that an excessively warm home is not good for your health, your heating bill rises by 7-8% for each degree above 20°C. It’s a good idea to install devices to control the temperature in all of the rooms that you heat (e.g. thermostatic radiator valves or thermostats).

2. Make sure to get your boiler checked up and serviced once a year. A dirty and inefficient boiler can increase its gas consumption by up to 30%. Get a qualified engineer from an approved company or an installer registered with the producer to do this.

3. If you have to install a new boiler or heating system, make sure you get good advice from a recommended professional: the amount your central heating consumes will depend on a correct and balanced choice of all the components and equipment (boiler, radiators, hot water temperature, pipe insulation, control systems, positioning of radiators and radiant panels, subdivision of home into areas with different heating needs and separate programming, building insulation…). Make sure you don’t get a boiler that’s bigger than you need because it will end up burning more fuel than necessary.

4. Set heating times and temperatures with electronic devices such as thermostats with weekly programmes.

5. Don’t enclose radiators in casing or use covers: air needs to pass freely around your radiators for them to work properly. It may be a good idea to put some reflecting panels behind your radiators.

6. Bleed radiators and pipes to remove air and increase the efficiency of your central heating. If you have old radiators that don’t have a suitable valve you should think about installing them: it increases efficiency and savings.

7. Install systems that stop limescale building up in pipes and equipment.

8. Insulate all pipes carrying hot water around the house properly.

9. Keep the temperature at which hot water goes to your taps at no more than 45°C.

10. It’s a good idea to read your gas meter regularly in order to see how much you consume in summer and how much in winter. You should make a note of how much gas you consume on your service record

Date: November 2015

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