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.
One of your electricians, Daffydd, just came to our Housing Association (Caredig) property in Llangennith. We just wanted to say thank you, he was really knowledgeable, answering all our questions and was really keen to find out the issue and solve all the problems he found along the way. He really put our minds at rest. Thanks again. Mrs Simmons (Swansea) - December 2023
We've had several engineers to our home over the last few years and cannot say a bad word about one of them. We had Alex down on the 14th of November. He phoned us beforehand to let us know he was on his way over. He was easy to talk to, very kind and polite (he took his shoes off out of respect which I really appreciated as it drives me mad having muddy wet footprints on the floor!). We asked if he could check the radiators in the bedrooms and he ended up checking them in all of the rooms and making sure they were all working fine. I would also like to mention I have spoken to Lisa several times on the phone and she has always been so helpful and understanding if we've had to rearrange an appointment due to work. Lauren - December 2023
I just want to express my appreciation to the engineer that attended today. He was helpful and professional throughout and went out of his way to book in a second boiler service which wasn’t scheduled at the time of his visit. Since we started using Westward all the staff and customer support staff have been first class. Would recommend any day! Mr Rees (Swansea) - October 2023
I just wanted to let you know that we have just had our boiler serviced yesterday by one of your engineers by the name of Rhys. Firstly he was very courteous to myself and my wife and was very professional in his servicing. Nothing was overlooked during the time whilst at our property. We both commented after he left that you should be made aware of what a Diamond you are lucky to have and hopefully you can let him know that some customers do appreciate his diligent work and his pleasant manner. To be honest I kept him outside his van for 5 minutes talking about his love of Rugby for which I used to play locally many years ago against his home Village. Thank you for sending us such a delightful engineer. Mr Hill (Carmarthen) - September 2023
I just wanted to feed back to you directly about the excellent experience that I had this morning when Mike (engineer) came to carry out an annual service on my gas boiler. He is a true credit to your organisation, exemplified by his professional, friendly manner. He took time to explain the steps he was taking and clearly knew his field very well. He was neat in his work, tidy and thorough. You have a first-rate employee in Mike! Mr Brown (Swansea) - July 2023