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.
Your engineer is the best engineer I have ever had. He was so thorough. He was superb and so polite. He repaired the filling key stuck in the boiler for me when other would not. Ms S Attard (Swansea) - August 2018
I would like to pass on how happy I am with the contractors who fitted the new heating system. Matthew and Christian attended. They were amazing and treated this property with respect and dignity. They were so lovely and professional at all times. They covered everything and cleaned up after completing the work, even hoovered as well. They left the house as they found it. They were Fabulous. Mrs Isaac (Skewen) - Aug 2018
I would just like to say a big thank you to Simon the young man who carried out the work on my shower. He was very polite and courteous. He carried out the work in extreme heat conditions (weather wise) without a single complaint. He has done a tremendous job on my new shower and he cleaned up after him, there was no mess left at all. One tidy young man. There is one good worker in Simon and I would not hesitate to recommend this young lad at all. Thank you for the work that you have done, kind regards. Miss Wright (Swansea) - July 2018
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