With the rising prices of energy, there’s never been a better time to think about how to use your central heating economically. We are used to paying our bills monthly or quarterly by direct debit and many pay without checking pricing as it is so complicated to work out! But how do we know the bills are accurate, more to the point how can we actually save some money by using our central heating more economically?
Here’s a few tips for you to consider that may help you to use your central heating economically.
Adjusting the heating to save money on your energy bills
This may sound obvious, but do you really need the temperature set so high? Many of us don’t adjust our thermostats, especially when the outside temperature rises or in the warmer months.
We advise you to try and change the temperature by lowering just 1 degree and see the effects that can have on your monthly heating bill. Now imagine that change for one day, one week, or year. It all soon adds up, doesn’t it?
You may be amazed at the difference you make even if you only do this one step for one month.
Impact of windows on a house energy expenditure
Open windows are a major challenge to economically heat a house. It may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people try heating their house with at least one window open. Even if it’s only a small window – such as toilet or bathroom – heat is still escaping in that room.
Once heat is escaping from a room through a window, the central heating is under more strain to compensate. Generally, the thermostat setting then is not sufficient and we don’t feel warm enough in that room, so we adjust either the radiator settings for that room or worse still, increase the thermostat for the whole house.
Simply by ensuring all windows are closed whilst the heating is on, you’re taking a massive step to more economical use of your central heating.
If your windows are single pane or your house is prone to drafts, try and look at ways to reduce heat escaping. Draught excluders are easy to make at home and investing in thick curtains can help reduce lost heat through single pane windows. It all helps!
Impact of automatic thermostat settings
UK weather can be unpredictable. So why would we keep our heating settings on automatic? The same thermostat setting one day after the next, and our timers turning on/off for the same duration are both culprits leading to uneconomical heating of our homes.
Thermostatic radiator valves
TRVs help you better control each room’s temperature with tailored radiator controls. This means that the whole house doesn’t need to be the same temperature if you aren’t using every room, so you can zone the central heating to everyone’s needs while reducing wasted energy.
The importance of boiler servicing
One of the best steps you can take if you’re looking to use your central heating economically is to ensure the boiler is working totally effectively and efficiently.
By having your boiler serviced annually, you will ensure it’s working at its full potential and that it continues to perform as efficiently as it should.
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