How To Save Money On Your Central Heating This Winter *

-*this post is in collaboration with Eyre and Elliston-
Summer 2018 was a scorcher, but unfortunately we’re now suffering through the other end of the spectrum with some freezing temperatures, snow and ice. It’s an expensive time of year for bill payers so it’s worth considering how you can be more energy efficient and save some pennies. Here are some things to think about with regards to your central heating:

Does your boiler need an upgrade?

If your boiler was installed before 2004, it’s probably not very efficient at all. As a result, you’ll be paying a small fortune to run it. Installing a new boiler will be an expensive investment, but it will be worth it in the long run when your bills drop.

Where is your thermostat?

Some thermostats operate by measuring the temperature and adjusting the heating accordingly. If you have one of these and it is located incorrectly, it won’t get an accurate reading of the temperature. For example, if it is right next to the radiator, the thermostat will think it’s warmer than it actually is. If it is by the window and blocked by curtains, it will think it’s colder than it actually is. 

Do you have a central heating timer?

A central heating timer can give you an increased level of control so that you don’t waste energy heating your home if you don’t need to. You can prompt the heating to come on shortly before you’re due to get home from work, rather than leaving it on all day when you’re not at home.

Have you considered smart controls?

Just like a timer, smart controls can help reduce wasted energy. If you forget to turn the heating off before leaving the house, you can do so remotely via an app on your phone. The same rule applies to your lights and can make everyday life a little easier for you.

There are plenty of other things you can do in your home to ensure you’re not wasting energy, and consequently, money. For example, you could install underfloor heating or invest in something simpler, like a draught excluder. If you have any ideas of your own, I’d love to hear them all!

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