Helping you to save money through reducing your energy usage
With many households struggling to keep up with rising energy costs it's more important than ever to make sure you're doing what you can to ensure your home is as energy efficient as possible. We've provided a few helpful tips that'll help you reduce your overall energy consumption, saving you money and helping you do your bit for the environment at the same time.
Old heating systems
These systems should be efficiency assessed by a qualified engineer to ensure they are working at peak efficiency.
Heating systems with up to date temperature controls
The central heating control on the boiler should be set to the maximum rated temperature of the heating system.
The room thermostat should be set for a temperature between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. And if your rooms are too warm remember to turn the heating down or off instead of opening windows.
Reducing the setting of the room thermostat by one degree Celsius can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10%.
Windows and doors
Single framed windows and doors lose a great deal of heat. Consider replacing with double glazed units. If this is not possible due to cost, try using double lined or thick curtains.
Gaps around doors, windows, letter boxes, floor boards and even key holes will aid heat loss within your property.
Try and cover such gaps with draft excluders or curtains.
N.B. make sure you DO NOT cover or seal any vents designed for boiler ventilation as doing so will compromise the appliances performance.
Approximately 30% of heat loss in a property is through its roof. To combat this old insulation should be upgraded to a minimum thickness of 200mm.
Ensure all pipework in lofts and non-heated areas such as garages and out buildings are well insulated with the correct diameter and thickness pipe lagging.
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