Most of us would prefer to use as little energy as possible in our homes, both for environmental reasons and to help us save money on our bills. Working out the right way to cut out energy usage can be difficult, however, especially given how many myths there are about the subject. The following are three of the most common myths about saving energy and why they aren’t worth paying attention to.
The logic goes that the faster you warm your home, the less time you need to leave the heating on for and the less fuel you will use. The problem is that no matter what temperature you set your thermostat to, you home still heats up at the same rate, it’s just that it will keep heating until you reach the higher temperature selected. What this means is that your home won’t heat up any faster and you’ll actually use more energy!
Cavity wall insulation causes damp
Improving your home’s insulation is one of the most effective ways to cut your energy needs. The less heat escaping to the outside, the less you need to keep producing to compensate. Unfortunately many people believe that insulating their walls, especially with cavity wall insulation, can lead to damp. As long as your home has adequate ventilation cavity wall insulation should not lead to damp and can actually prevent it by eliminating cold spots where condensation is likely to form.
Keeping your heating on low, 24 hours a day is cheaper
Running your heating at a lower temperature certainly uses less energy, but the problem is most houses constantly leak a certain amount of heat. This means if you leave your heating on all day you will constantly be wasting energy. Having your heating on low and continuous only makes sense if you have a super insulated home where virtually no heat is lost or if you have a heating system specifically designed for this kind of usage, such as an air source heat pump. For most householders, having your heating on only when you need if will be much more efficient.
If you want to cut your energy usage and save money on your bills, one of the most cost effective changes you can make is replacing your boiler. Although this can seem like a big expenditure, if you boiler was installed before 2005 then it is most likely an old-fashioned, inefficient non-condensing boiler. These older designs can often be as little as 60% efficient at converting fuel into usable heat whereas a modern, A-rated condensing boiler will usually be at least 90% efficient. This means you will spend considerably less on your bills and can quickly offset the cost of the new boiler and end up making considerable savings.
DHS are one of the top companies offering boiler installation in Bristol and the surrounding area. With over 40 years in the trade, we have a reputation for our expertise, high-quality work and excellent customer service. travel We will help you find the most efficient solution for your home, allowing you to cut your energy usage as much as possible. To find out more or to request a quote, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.