Top Tips For Energy Saving And Reducing Running Costs

Insulation

30% of heat loss at home is through the roof. Reduce this considerably by insulating your roof space.You may be able to get a grant towards this

Window Frames

Single glazed windows, particularly those with steel frames,can lose a great deal of heat so you could consider replacing them with PVCu, wooden framed double glazed units, or more affordable secondary glazing solutions.

Curtains

Lined or heavier fabric full-length curtains can provide excellent insulation. However always ensure that they don’t cover your radiators.

Draughts

Use a suitable draught excluder to cut out heat loss from areas such as doors, windows, letterboxes and keyholes.

Thermostatic taps and showers

It’s advisable to have thermostatic taps and showers,particularly if you have young children, as water straight from a tap can be very hot

Bath filling

Your bath will fill quicker if you run hot water only into the bath then add cold water after. But always take care around small children.

Keeping a bath warm

If your bath is made of cast iron or pressed steel, the water is likely to cool quicker. Putting insulation underneath and around the bath will keep the water warmer and save energy

Room thermostats

Lowering the setting of your room thermostat by 1°C can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10%.

Radiators

If radiators are fitted to an outside wall, fix reflective foil on the wall behind them to reduce heat loss through the wall.

New controls

Upgrade to the latest available heating controls. You’ll need a programmer, linked room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves as a minimum. Controls with load and weather compensation features boost energy efficiency even more.

Solar panels

Adding solar water heating panels to your system will give you up to 60%* of your hot water free and from a green energy source.

After bathing

Once you have used your bath there is still a lot of useful heat in the water, heat that can contribute to heating your home. If condensation isn’t an issue you could leave the water within the bath until it has gone cold

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