Using your heating economically, insulating your home and making small changes to every-day habits will collectively make a big difference to your heating bill.
Learn to set your heating system so it delivers the optimum temperature for your comfort while ensuring you only use the energy you need. To help with this there are many controls available, from simple plug-in mechanical clocks to versatile remote timers. The Alpha Climatic remote control, for example, can measure and maintain inside temperatures by modulating and limiting the boiler flow temperature.
You can also consider reducing the room temperature you normally set by just 1°C – you won’t notice much difference and you can cut bills by up to £75 a year in a typical home. And, if you have thermostatic radiator valves, remember to turn them down or off if in unused rooms.
Another tip is to insulate your home as this will make a big difference in reducing heat loss, especially from vulnerable areas such as lofts and walls.
Other simple tips are:
Don’t waste energy on heating the whole house all night
Avoid leaving appliances on standby as they can consume up to 75% of the energy they use when switched on
Switch lights off when you leave a room and turn off computers when not in use
Unplug or turn off chargers even if they are not plugged into a device
Only boil as much water as you need in your kettle
Regularly defrost your freezer and check door fridge and freezer door seals
Don’t leave your fridge door open longer than necessary
Use radiator reflectors to bounce heat back into the room
Don’t dry clothes on radiators
Keep furniture away from radiators
Wear an extra layer – this will make a surprisingly big difference!
For further information on this topic, please take a look at our practical heating tips.
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