ProTherm Plumbing and Heating Engineers talk tips on lowering your heating bills
22nd March 2016
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Below are a list of things to think about when you are looking to reduce your heating costs. You may not be able to do everything on the list but doing some of them should help over time:

  • Switch suppliers – all you need to do is check on a comparison website or energy website to check that you are on the best rate for your home and energy usage. With just a few clicks and a couple of questions answered you could save hundreds of pounds a year. The average saving is around £200, not bad for 5 minutes work.
  • Turn down the thermostat - just by reducing your room temperatures by 1ºC you can save around £75 a year, so if you put a slightly thicker jumper on then these easy savings can be made.
  • Fit individual radiator thermostats – this will allow you to tune the heat levels in each room, so you’re not heating rooms you don’t use to the same level as your main rooms you use all the time. You can then have the living room warm while just keeping background heat on in the hallway for example or spare bedroom.
  • Power-flush your radiators – the limescale in hard water areas can seriously reduce the efficiency of radiators over a long period. A plumber like ProTherm can flush out the limescale and sediment from your entire system to keep it at optimum performance.
  • Window film – inexpensive secondary glazing film can be purchased from many DIY shops and installed easily just for the winter months, and removed once the colder days are over. This works best for old draughty windows but the extra layer will have some benefits even on double-glazed units.
  • Install a programmable thermostat – most thermostats are pretty basic, a programmable one will give you much more control over your heating, allowing you to switch it on and off according to your schedule. No more accidentally leaving the heating on all day when you are out at work.
  • Upgrade your boiler – if your old boiler comes to the end of its life then investigate super-efficient new condensing models which can save you hundreds of pounds a year compared to older-style boilers. They’re not cheap but the extra cost will be repaid in extra savings over a few years.
  • Turn down the water heater – if you have a hot water tank make sure the thermostat isn’t set too high, otherwise you’re simply paying to overheat the water, and having to add cold water to it when you use it for washing! Set it to just above 60ºC – hot enough to be comfortable and to kill off any harmful bacteria.
  • Smartphone heating – if you have a larger house and/or an erratic, busy lifestyle where you’re out at unscheduled times, a smartphone-controlled heating system like NEST could save £150-£400 per year. For example, these smart systems can detect when you’re on your way home and only then switch on the heating, so if you work late you won’t be paying to heat an empty house.

If you are looking to get your system serviced or you need a power flush why not speak to local, certified family run Heating and Plumbing company ProTherm.

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