A guide on how to keep your water piping safe from freezing over, the winter period. As the weather starts to turn a bit colder, and the frost starts to appear in the mornings, one of the least desired things that could happen would be a lack of hot running water, or even worse, a burst water pipe.
You really can cut your energy bills and make an impact on the efficiency of your home. If you follow a few of these simple steps (if not them all) then you are sure to save yourself some money every year.
Top 10 Tips on how to Reduce your Energy Bills
1. Try turning down your central heating thermostat by one degree.
It could cut your heating bill by £55 per year.
2. If you have a programmer, personalise it to ensure that when you are out, the heating will not be left on, losing you money. There are many thermostats on the market and you can find out about all that we install HERE.
3. Modern technology can help you to reduce the energy consumed by 40 per cent with an efficient room thermostat and 'TRVs' (thermostatic radiator valves).
Research from the Energy Saving Trust* suggests that you could save as much as £350 per year by making the move from an old G-rated boiler to a new efficient A-rated boiler model.
4. You can reduce your energy consumption by up to a third by upgrading.
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! Click here to get an online estimate.
5. Ensure that you have draught proofed your home by inspecting all gaps around doors and windows as well as holes such as letterboxes, keyholes and pet doors.
However, make sure that you are not blocking any vents that the heating requires to operate.
6. Remember that turning up the heat, will not speed up the warming of your home.
Your heating does not need to be set to higher than 60 degrees centigrade (140 degrees Fahrenheit).
If this heat is any higher, your boiler will combine it will cold water to cool it down.
7. Buy a new insulation jacket for your hot water tank – around £12.
It should be 75mm or three inches thick and it can save you around £35 per year.
8. 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.
Insulation can help reduce up to 30% of heat loss through the roof of your property.To maximise savings try reducing the time your heating system is switched on.
9. Service your boiler regularly.
If you are annually servicing your home, you are much less likely to have to deal with emergency repairs and will be likely to reduce bills.
10. Replace your baths with some showers!
Having a bath every day instead of a five minute showever can use about 13,000 litres more water per year.
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.