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How to reduce heating bills

16 October 2015

There is no way around putting the heating on in winter but there are still ways you can reduce heating bills without compromising on your comfort…

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.

Homecure’s 5 ways to reduce heating bills

  1. Replace worn weather-stripping

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.

  1. Insulate the loft door

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.

  1. Install a programmable thermostat

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.

  1. Plug holes

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.

  1. Replace old boilers

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.

Reduce heating bills

You can reduce heating bills by updating your boiler to one that’s more energy efficient

 

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