You really can cut down your energy bills – we have put together our 10 top tips.
Try turning down your central heating room thermostat by one degree. It could cut your heating bill by £55 per year.
If you have a clock / programmer, set it so that the heating only comes on when needed. Switching off your boiler when no one’s at home is a great way of saving energy and money.
You can reduce the energy your boiler consumes by up to 40 per cent with an efficient room thermostat and the correct use of thermostatic radiator valves.
Replacing a 10 year old boiler with an efficient A-rated new one could reduce your energy consumption by a third. (If every household in the country installed a high–efficiency boiler, the energy saved would be enough to provide heating and power for almost two million homes!)
Use an appropriate draught excluder around doors, windows, letterboxes and keyholes. However, do not block or seal any air vents which ensure that the central heating boiler operates safely.
Lower the hot water temperature. Your thermostat needn’t be higher than 60 degrees centigrade (140 degrees Fahrenheit). Any higher and you will only be mixing it with cold water to cool it back down for use.
Buy a new insulation jacket for your hot water tank – around £12. It should be 75mm thick and it can save you around £35 per year.
If you improve the energy efficiency of your home, perhaps by installing loft or cavity wall insulation, your house will heat up and cool down at a different rate. To maximise savings try reducing the time your heating system is switched on. Insulation can help reduce up to 30% of heat loss through the roof of your property.
Service your boiler regularly. Breakdowns are much less likely and you can ensure it’s safer and more efficient, thus reducing your energy bills.
Take a shower! A daily bath can use about 13,000 litres more water per year than a five–minute shower. The average Brit could more than halve the climate impact of their ablutions simply by cutting out baths and making their showers shorter and cooler.
I just want to say how well mannered and polite your engineer Peter was. He fixed my boiler and he explained everything to me. Miss Hopkins (Carmarthen) - May 2018
I have just called to pay for the boiler replacement and just want to comment how good a job the install team carried out. Mr Ball (Ammanford) - May 2018
I thought the engineer Matthew and his mate were better compared to others I have had in the property before. Both were excellent when installing my new boiler. Ms Graham (Port Talbot) - April 2018
Just a note to say that Daniel, who visited today to carry out work on behalf of Welsh Water, did a tremendous job, sorting out the problem in a friendly and efficient manner, and checking all details thoroughly before leaving. A credit to the company. Mr Poster (Herefordshire) - April 2018
We would like to thank Daniel of Westward who attended our property today to carry out a repair which he did expertly and efficiently. He was extremely friendly, polite and courteous and we are very happy to recommend Daniel and Westward Services. Mr Saralis (Newcastle Emlyn) - April 2018