With the cost of heating your home throughout the winter seemingly becoming more expensive, many homeowners are looking for the cheapest way to stay warm. Finding out which fuel is the cheapest and installing an appropriate central heating system can mean that you save money on your energy bills throughout the year without having to compromise on warmth and comfort.
So that you can save money on your heating bills, we’ve taken a look at the options available to homeowners and landlords.
The available options
There are a number of fuel options available to homeowners for their central heating, but the most common are gas, electricity, or oil. Your location will determine the fuel options available to you, with houses that aren’t on the gas network having to rely on either oil or electricity.
Which is the cheapest?
Fuel costs can fluctuate, but gas is always the cheapest option. Being the most commonly used fuel, you may also find that boilers and other equipment, such as ovens and hobs, that are fuelled by gas are likely to be cheaper to buy, making gas fuelled central heating systems much more economic than alternatives.
Is oil much more expensive?
Oil is only slightly more expensive than gas, but is purchased in a different way. As oil is stored in a tank, rather than being accessed through a network, homes using oil have to pre-order their fuel and pay for it upon delivery.
Should I use electric?
Previously viewed as an expensive way to heat a home, central heating that is fuelled by electricity is becoming a more popular option. As you don’t require a flue, electrically fuelled systems are commonly used in flats and homes that have no access to gas or oil.
Electric heating systems can be expensive, but are becoming increasingly cost-effective and developments in modern technology means that some electric systems are the most environmentally friendly way to heat a home.
Will a new boiler save me money?
If your current boiler is over ten years old, then a new boiler can help you cut down on your energy bills. Newer models are much more energy efficient, regardless of the type of fuel they use, so you can stay warm and save money. A new boiler will also be far more eco-friendly as most modern boilers have to be condensing meaning that they maximise the fuel they use.
If you’re planning on having a new central heating system installed or are a Bristol homeowner looking for boiler installation services, then get in touch with DHS to find out how we can help.