Look After Your Boiler
The current lifespan of a boiler is around 10 years, after which it will begin to lose efficiency, wasting both your gas and cash. When replacing your boiler ensure you opt for an “A” rated one displaying the Energy Saving Recommended logo. Choosing a heating system with a condensing boiler and heating controls could make a huge difference over time.
Condensing boilers are the most efficient available as they waste the least amount of energy. They convert over 90% of the fuel they use into useful heat compared to around 60% for an old conventional boiler. And having heating controls fitted could typically save you around 15% on your heating bill. What’s more, fitting a condensing boiler along with a full set of heating controls could save as much as 45% of your heating fuel bill: around £250 a year.
Getting your boiler serviced regularly helps to ensure you avoid paying a fortune for emergency repairs. Emergency callout charges and the cost of parts can total hundreds of pounds, and more still if your boiler decides to break down at the weekend or during a holiday. As well as being a safety priority; having it serviced regularly will catch any problems before they arise, saving you money in the long term.
Insulate Your Home
Insulating your home is probably the most cost effective way of reducing your home’s fuel consumption.
If your home has cavity walls, installing cavity wall insulation could significantly reduce the amount of energy you use to heat your home, reducing heating costs by 15% and saving about £120 a year on fuel bills, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
Solid walls lose even more heat than cavity walls; so if your home has solid walls, the only way to reduce this heat loss is to insulate them on the inside or the outside. By adding a weather-proof insulating treatment to the outside of your wall, the average household could save about £380 a year. Internal wall insulation is considerably cheaper than external wall insulation, but the savings you make will be a lot less – normally around £130 a year.
As 15% of heat loss is through the roof, installing loft insulation is a simple and cost-effective way to reduce your heating bills, and it can easily be done without the need for professionals. The insulation works like a duvet on a bed, trapping the rising heat from the house below. If you install the recommended 270mm depth of loft insulation, you could save around £155 a year on your heating bills
Turn Down The Temperature
According to the Energy Saving Trust, turning down your thermostat by one degree centigrade can save up to 10% on your heating bill and best of all you are unlikely to notice the change.