Looking for ways to reduce heating bills? There are several steps you can take that could cut your costs drastically.
I’m sure most of us have seen the advert – if you turn your thermostat down one degree then you could reduce heating bills by £85 a year on average. But you will also be colder. With energy prices on the rise, there are several alternative ways in which you can reduce your heating costs and stay warm.
Changing your boiler
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The first is to check the insulation in your loft. It is estimated that 25% of heat is lost through your roof so check that your insulation is up to scratch. The recommended minimum is 270mm, so if it’s below this then it is worth topping up. It’s fairly cheap to do and you don’t need any technical know-how, but it can take a couple of hours depending on how flexible you are and the depth of your roof. There are various types you can buy, just choose which you think will be the most appropriate. Amazon has plenty to choose from here or alternatively, just pop down to your local B&Q or Homebase for advice.
According to Which, insulation will cost anywhere between £330 and £720 dependent on size. However, you should see a return for your money within 3-4 years.
Finally, 10% of heat can be lost through doors and windows. This isn’t a huge amount, so think carefully whether it is cost-effective to change all of your glazing if you only have single glazed panes. Draught proofing could be a cheap and easy way of reducing heat loss.
Before you spend…
Check with your energy supplier before you purchase any insulation. Companies such as E.on and EDF offer free insulation to customers on certain benefits. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
You don’t just have to just rely on old fashioned methods anymore to improve the heat efficiency in your house. Technology could also help reduce your heating bills.
Smart thermostats are a 21st century way to reduce heating bills. Not only do they control your heating (and water) remotely, they are more efficient than standard thermostats and manufacturers claim they can save between 20-40% on your heating costs. Although they will cost you around £200, you should be able to save that amount on your bill within 2-3 years. You can find more about my Nest thermostat.
It is planned that every household will have a smart meter by 2020. These meters will send your meter readings to your energy supplier digitally. This should give you more accurate bills, and also allow you to track your energy usage. Being able to do this will allow you to see where your energy is being spent or potentially wasted. It will cost you nothing to have a smart meter installed and all you need to do is call your energy supplier and arrange for installation. However, if a smart meter is to save you money, you will need to be very pro-active. Find out more about smart meters.
Or take a look at this great article on how to stay warm this winter