Often a faulty or damaged boiler isn’t dangerous but will significantly reduce in terms of performance and efficiency, making bills more expensive and your home harder to heat. However there are occasions when old, poorly maintained or damaged boilers can release toxic Carbon Monoxide gas commonly known as the ‘silent killer’.
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, set it so that the heating only comes on when needed.
Switching off your boiler when no one’s home is a great way of saving energy and money.
3. You can reduce the energy your boiler consumes by up to 40 per cent with an efficient room thermostat and 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.
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5. 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.
6. 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.
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.
Breakdowns are much less likely and you can ensure it’s safer and more efficient, thus reducing your energy bills.
10. 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.
If you want to look at more environmentally friendly ways of heating your home, Swale Heating can advise on a range of products which reduce the use of fossil fuels as well as suggesting renewable and sustainable energy measures you can put in place.