In the depths of winter, your central heating system is likely to be one of the biggest contributors to your household bills. According to the Energy Saving Trust, heating and hot water accounts for 62% of a household’s energy bills on average. There’s nothing worse than a freezing cold house, and that’s why so many of us crank the heating up when the temperatures drop outside. However, constantly having the heating on can rack up your energy bills and cost you lots of money, as well as increase your carbon footprint.
There are lots of things you can do around the house to reduce the cost of your heating bills. In fact, a few small improvements around the home can save you lots of money in the long run. From simply making a conscious effort to reduce your heating usage around your house to getting an old boiler replaced, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your bills. Below, we share our top five tips that help reduce your central heating bills.
Draught proof gaps in windows and doors
A cold draught can cause your home to lose heat, meaning that you’re spending more money than necessary trying to heat your home. Heat can escape from your home in a number of different ways. If your loft is poorly insulated, you may be losing a large amount of heat through your roof – and therefore it’s important to invest in loft insulation.
Additionally, small gaps in the windows and doors around your home can let warm air out, resulting in a draughty property. One of the most common routes for air to enter your home is through gaps around windows and doors – however, draught proofing can reduce this leakage and ensure that your home stays warm and cosy.
Draught proofing your doors and windows is a quick and cheap way to reduce your heating bills and keep your property warm. If you’re happy to do some DIY work yourself, simply look around your home for any gaps in windows, doors, floorboards, skirting boards and pipework. You can find draught tape, foam or sealant in most DIY shops – alternatively, hiring a professional to draught proof your home will ensure that it is done properly.
Upgrading to double glazed windows will also help to better insulate your property and ensure that cold air is kept out.
Make a conscious effort to reduce your central heating system usage
There are plenty of ways you can reduce your heating usage around the home to save money on your energy bills – and lots of them are easier than you think. Firstly, it’s important to take the time to learn how your heating system works and how to use the controls correctly. This way, you can adjust the settings and set a timer that works for you. We recommend setting your heating to turn on for a couple of hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the evening – this should keep your home warm without having to blast the heating all day.
Using your curtains effectively can also help reduce your energy bills. When the sun is shining, make sure you keep your curtains open to let as much heat and light as possible into your home. When it’s dark and cold outside, keep your curtains closed to retain heat and keep out any cold air. Investing in thermal or blackout curtains is a good option.
When the temperatures are cold outside, consider putting on an extra layer instead of cranking up the heating. This can save you some pennies and ensure that your bills are not too high.
A few other ways you can reduce your heating usage around the house includes:
- Have shorter showers
- Turn down your hot water tank
- Line dry clothes when possible
- Take more showers and fewer baths
Replace your old boiler
If your gas boiler is old and you can’t remember the last time it was replaced, upgrading it can save you lots of money. Compared to modern boiler systems, older boiler models tend to run far more inefficiently and can cost you more in terms of bills. If you have an old boiler, you may find that you’re constantly forking out on repairs, which can add up over time. Low efficiency coupled with repeated boiler repairs can put a strain on your wallet, so we recommend calling up a professional to replace your boiler for you.
Old boilers consume much larger amounts of fuel than modern systems which tend to waste heat and run far less efficiently. Switching to a modern boiler will not only save you money, but it is also far more environmentally friendly too.
Install a thermostat
To monitor your heating and ensure that you’re not wasting unnecessary energy, install a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats can make your heating system far more efficient by only warming the rooms that you are using. A smart thermostat can work out how long it takes to heat your home so that it can achieve the right temperature at the right time.
Smart thermostats can be easily controlled from your phone, so you can set your heating to warm up your home before you arrive – this means you don’t have to return to a freezing cold home. Installing room thermostats and thermostatic radiator valves can save you up to £75 per year.
You can time your heating sensibly to ensure that when you wake up and arrive home to a warm house – but in between, make sure you leave the heating off. Be careful not to have your thermostat turned up too high. Turning your heating down by just one degree could save you up to £80 a year!
Stop paying by cash
You may be surprised to find that you can save lots of money simply by changing the way you pay your energy bills. There are lots of energy companies out there who keep their best deals for their online customers – so it may be worth switching to paying your bills online. If you have access to a computer, we recommend paying your bills online instead of via cash or cheque.
Many companies also offer great discounts and offers if you opt to pay by monthly direct debit. This discount can add up to as much as £100 a year off your energy bill, so it’s definitely worth considering. Additionally, many energy providers will offer you a better deal simply just for signing up to gas and electricity (a dual fuel tariff).
When you choose to pay your energy bills online, you can view them quickly and easily, allowing you to monitor your bills and heating usage with ease. Plus, when you view your bills online rather than having them sent out to you, you’re saving on paper too!
McRoberts Plumbing: central heating installation and central heating services
If you’re looking for heating and plumbing engineers in Kilmarnock, you needn’t look further than the experienced and skilled team at McRoberts Plumbing & Heating Engineers. We offer a wide range of services to meet your heating and plumbing needs, from gas boiler repair and installations and central heating services right through to bathroom installations and general plumbing work.
Whether you need a brand new heating system to keep your home warm and cosy or your boiler is in need of repair, our team of expert heating technicians are on hand to provide you with all of the solutions you need. We’re proud to offer a punctual, professional and top quality service – and we’ll never be beaten on prices.