Based on the Governments Annual domestic energy bills statistical data set, in 2020 the average electricity bill for 1 quarter was £707, that is a massive £235 a month! Ouch! The good news is, there are some simple things you can do to reduce said bills and still keep just as toasty warm in the winter months.
Book your annual boiler service
My first recommendation would be to book in a boiler service – although in the short term you’ll have an £84 bill, have faith in me – it will save you money in the long run.
The whole point of a boiler service is to allow a qualified engineer to carry out lots of checks to make sure your boiler is efficiently heating your property. Basically, the more efficient your boiler, the less outgoing costs.
It is recommended that you service your boiler yearly. By doing a regular service, it means you are more likely to pick up problems before they become big, expensive ones and worse case, unfixable which result in a dreaded new boiler expense! Boo
So, when is best to book in your service?
I would always suggest to make your booking in the summer months simply because this is when we are least busy, so we’ll be able to get this squared away quicker and also because if any problems were to be identified, you’ll not have to cope without your boiler, like you would in the winter, while it is being fixed.
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Turn the heat down
Do not be alarmed! This does not mean you need to be laid in bed under 10 duvets, 2 pairs of fluffy pjs and a dressing gown. Instead, just adjust your temperature until you are comfortable.
Most people will be comfortable somewhere between 18 and 21 degrees so why not start by setting your thermostat at 18 degrees and turn it up by 1 degree each day until you are happy!
Install a Smart Thermostat
In my opinion Smart Thermostats are the way forward as they allow you to take complete control over your central heating whenever and from wherever you are. Essentially, the thermostat connects to your smartphone which makes it super easy to make sure you never come home from a hard days graft to a cold house!
Yes, like the boiler service, installing one of these bad boys will involve an initial upfront cost, but using one could save you, according to hivehome.com as much as £120 a year so they soon pay for themselves.
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Next up, I suggest fitting TRVs (Thermostatic Radiator Valves). Their purpose is to control the room temperature by automatically adjusting the amount of hot water that enters the radiator they are fitted to (CLEVER!)
Setting up these valves allows you to create different heating zones even though you only have one boiler system which can help you save energy and money. For example, you could set your living room to be toasty and your bedroom to be cool because who can sleep when it’s really really warm?
In a nutshell, a TRV will knock off the heating and then maintain it resulting in your radiators not providing unnecessary heat.
Consider having a heat loss survey
If you think your energy bills are too high or you have unexplained cold areas in your house it might be worth considering a Heat Loss Survey. This will identify areas of heat loss and you can then put action in place to reduce the loss and in turn, contribute to lowing energy bills.
Use the heat that’s already in your home!
My final tip to leave you with that costs nothing but will save you money over time is making use of the heat that is already in your home! For example, leaving the oven door open when it you turn it off is a simple way to help keep your home warm. Things like shutting the curtains and blocking out drafts from under the doors will prevent warm air leaving your home and shutting the doors on unused rooms will prevent cold air moving into the rest of the house.
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