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.
We needed someone to fix the heating - boiler quickly. Our tenants needed heat and water. Homecure Plumbers answered our telephone call in a professional way. The engineer came on time and fixed the problem quickly. He was very polite and took an interest in the job. (most don't) The price charged was fair and reasonable. I would use them again. Invoice Number 9733A dated 30th July 2021.
Homecure removed and blocked off a gas pipe to an old fireplace. They tested the gas system for correct pressure and properly ensured the system was in a good state after the works were complete. I would recommend them as they clearly knew what they were doing, and communicated to me throughout so I was assured everything was OK. Thanks Homecure! 9880 - Vijay Patel
We have an IKEA kitchen and plumbers always seem reluctant about dealing with it; but not Homecure CS. They provided a reasonable pricing system and arranged to do the job the following day. The plumber had the tap changed in a matter of minutes. He was friendly and professional. Would recommend. Tara 9469
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.