A couple of weeks ago we shared our top tips on how to warm your home for less. In this blog, we want to share with you the best ways to reduce your gas bill. These two posts together are a money savers toolkit.
No need to choose between being out of pocket or left out in the cold. Our tips help you save money without compromising on the warmth of your family and home.
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Tip #1 – Have a smart thermostat installed
Smart thermostats have been around for several years now and there are a wide range to choose from. Google Nest and Hive to name a couple. The great thing with these thermostats over conventional ones, is that they truly are ‘smart’. They learn how long it takes to heat your home and can heat just the parts of the home you are using. They can also be controlled via your mobile phone, you never have to worry about leaving the heating on when rushing out the door, as well as being able to warm up the house before returning.
In a typical home in the UK, following the installation of room thermostats / thermostatic radiator valves and the required programmer, you may save on average £75 a year.
Tip #2 – Turn the thermostat down by just one degree.
By turning the thermostat down on your central heating boiler by just one degree, you will on average save an impressive and pocket-friendly 10% off your heating bill. In contrast, if you turn the heating up by just 1 degree it is worth bearing in mind that it will cost more to heat the home at a higher temperature.
Tip #3 – Replace your boiler with an energy-efficient version
Depending on the age of your boiler, it is likely that replacing with a newer version will save money. All modern boilers are what are known as condensing boilers. This means they can recover the heat that was previously lost via the flue. As a rule of thumb boilers that are more than 20 years old have an equivalent grading of an E or below. A switch from a G-rated boiler to an A-rated one could save you an impressive £300 a year!
Another way of looking at it is boilers of today must be 92% efficient. This means that for every £1 spent, no more than 8p is wasted. With older boilers, the efficiency is often closer to 70%. A saving of approximately 20p per £1 spent.
Tip #4 – Have your boiler serviced by a professional
To ensure your boiler is working at maximum capacity and efficiency, it needs to be serviced every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer such as Aren Heating and Plumbing. During a service the engineer will check, clean, and replace parts, catching potential problems before they cause a breakdown and keeping gas bills as low as possible. Please see our Boiler Service page for more information.
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