Tips to save household energy and reduce bills
1. Understand your boiler Set the timer so it comes on an hour before you get up and if you’re out all day, don’t leave it on full. Leave the boiler on a low setting as it takes more energy to heat a room from cold.
2. Turn the room thermostat down Turning your thermostat down by just 1 degree could save you around £30 a year on your fuel bill.
3. Radiators If your radiators are hot at the bottom and cold further up this means there’s an air-lock and they won’t be heating the room effectively. Most radiators have a bleed screw at the top. The system can be vented (freed from air) by loosening the bleed screw with a radiator key and releasing the air. If you have a sealed system, when you let air out, you need to put water in. If you keep having to bleed your radiators this probably means there’s a leak, so you should call our gas contractor. Make sure your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture. Do not use the radiators to dry your washing as this causes condensation and leads to mould growth.
4. Draught proof Stop your home leaking heat. Invest in some thick curtains, fit draught-proofing around doors and windows and cover the attic hatch. Draw your curtains at dusk to help keep the heat generated inside your rooms.
5. Insulation Up to 35 per cent of the heat in your home is lost through the walls, and up to 25 per cent through your roof. Not all houses can have cavity wall insulation, but every loft should have. According to the Energy Saving Trust, insulating your loft could save £180 a year.
6. Switch energy provider Shop around for the best deal from your current supplier and their competitors. Many suppliers offer discounts if paying by direct debits. Others simply have a cheaper tariff.
7. Have your system serviced An annual service will help prolong the life of your boiler, keep it running at optimum efficiency and diagnose problems before they become an issue. Gateway carries out gas safety inspections once a year to every property if you have a gas boiler.
8. Bulbs and appliances Where possible use energy-efficient light bulbs. This can save pounds on your electricity bills. Switch off all electrical appliances or charges you don’t need on. If they have a stand-by light, a display or are hot to the touch, they will be using energy just by being plugged in.