16 October 2015
Not only will the cold be a shock to our sun soaked systems, so will the increased energy bills that start to arrive in the post. But, its not all bad news, we have a few great tips that mean you can actually reduce heating bills by up to 20 per cent.
Seals around doors and windows prevent drafts, however with age these can become worn and torn, letting in unwanted cold air and allowing hot air to escape. Homeowners often don’t realise where the heat is escaping but instead overcompensate by turning up the heat a notch or two, wasting more energy. A cheaper solution, that will reduce heating bills, is to buy a roll of new weather stripping and seal the problem. A 3.5m roll costs just £4.99 from Wicks.
Another drafty door is the one leading to the loft. Even a well-insulated loft may not have an insulated hatch door which will allow warm air to seep up through the door into the loft where it isn’t needed. An easy solution is to attach fibreglass to the hatch door with adhesive.
Controlling when the heating goes on and off is key to lower usage and could reduce heating bills by 10 per cent. You programme the device once for the on and off times, making sure it’s off when you are at work or sleeping and clicks back on automatically as you wake up and return from work. No more accidentally leaving the heating on all day and waiting for the hefty bill at the end of the month. You can pick up a programmable thermostat for under 50 quid.
Pipes, electrical cables and gas lines that enter your home will have gaps around them. No matter the size, warm air will escape. These can be easily plugged with expanding foam.
If you have a really old boiler then all of the above will make only a fraction of a difference compared to replacing your old boiler. Modern condensing boilers are much more cost efficient and upgrading from a G-rated boiler to an A-rated one could save up to £340 per year.
There is a lot to consider when upgrading and at Homecure we offer free consultations and quotations. It’s important to discuss from fuel type, boiler type, space in your home and the number of people vs the number of rooms in order to find the most efficient solution and help reduce heating bills even further.
All our plumbers are fully qualified and gas safe registered.
I woke up to no heating or hot water...in winter! The boiler had no pressure and was showing an error code. I Googled local plumbers and came across Homecure Plumbers website. I called them and made an appointment for that day. The engineer came round and found the issue. I was given a quote which I accepted and he went about fixing the issue. The engineer was polite, informative and efficient. I went from a stressful situation to having no hot water and heating back on within a couple of hours. Will definitely be using Homecure again in the future.
This was our first time using Homecure plumbing after a close friend of ours had highly recommended them & I have to say they done a fantastic job. The engineer that arrived was friendly & very helpful . We had a full boiler replacement and moved it’s position. Really pleased with the work that was done & at reasonable price too . So would definitely use these guys again in the future
I couldn't recommend these guys more!!! David was on time and extremely reliable. He was polite and very friendly as well as being professional, knowledgeable and above all else, really good at what he does. He fixed an issue in a day that two other plumbing companies couldn't fix in 5 months!! Well done and thank you for your help again
At Homecure we have been regularly updating our working practices in line with health and safety advice provided by the Government. For customers who are self-isolating and in need of emergency plumbing and heating services we want to assure you that we are doing everything possible to minimise the risk of the spreading the coronavirus while we carry out our tasks.
All members of our team currently working will be following the infection control measures laid out by the World Health Organisation:
When our team members are visiting customer’s properties, they will use alcohol-based hand sanitiser (60% minimum) to clean their hands before and after the job has been completed. They will also have access to personal protective equipment (PPE) that can be used:
Homecure remain available to provide emergency services for your home during the current pandemic. If you wish to book an appointment with our team and a member of the household is currently in isolation, has symptoms, or has been diagnosed with COVID, we ask that you inform us before our arrival so we can prepare accordingly.
As the situation continues to change we will update our health and safety protocols to ensure our customers and team remain safe at all times.