Little changes can make a big difference. We have compiled a list of basic, simple but very effective Energy Efficiency Top Tips designed to help you save money on your energy fuel bills.
Radiator Top Tip
Radiator Tip #1 – Make sure that areas around your radiators are always clear. Putting furniture in front or covering radiators with long curtains will block the heat.
Radiator Tip #2 – If your radiators are getting excessively hot and the boiler is rapidly turning on and off, the temperature of the water going to your radiators may be too high. This wastes energy and reduces the boiler’s efficiency. You can usually adjust the temperature using the central heating control dial or adjustment switches on your boiler.
Room Thermostat Top Tip
Thermostat Tip #1 – It is important to select the correct the position for the room thermostat. Avoid placing it close to a window, door or in the corner of a room. Normal locations are the hall or landing.
Thermostat Tip #2 – Lowering the setting of your room thermostat by 1°C can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10%
Insulation Top Tip
Around 30% of the heat loss from your home is through the roof. You can reduce this considerably by insulating the roof space.
Curtains Top Tips
Lined or heavier fabric full length curtains can provide excellent insulation. Ensure that they don’t cover your radiators.
Use Draught Excluders
A suitable draught excluder cuts out heat loss from areas such as doors, windows, letterboxes and keyholes.
Thermostatic Taps & Showers Top Tips
It is advisable to install thermostatic taps and showers, particularly if you have young children or elderly people live in the property, as water straight from the tap can be very hot.
Bath Filling Top Tips
Your bath will fill quicker if you run hot water only into the bath then add cold water after.
Keeping the bath warm
If your bath is made of cast iron or pressed steel, the water is likely to cool quicker. Putting insulation underneath and around the bath will keep the water warmer and save energy.
Put foil behind your Radiators
If radiators are fitted to an outside wall, fix reflective foil on the wall behind them to reduce heat loss through the wall.
Upgrade your Heating Controls
Save money on your energy bill by upgrading to the latest smart heating controls. This will improve efficiency as well as improving your comfort levels.
Add Solar Panels
Adding solar water panels to your system will give you up to 60%* of your hot water free and from a green energy source.
*Source: Energy Saving Trust
After bathing Top Tip
Once you have used your bath there is still a lot of useful heat in the water, heat that can contribute to heating your home. If condensation isn’t an issue you could leave the water within the bath until it has gone cold.
It is essential that you have your boiler serviced every year. The best time for a boiler service is in the summer or early autumn so that your boiler is in top condition and ready to keep your home reliably warm through the winter.