Keeping your home hospitably warm is a bit like eating and drinking: it can be expensive, but you have to do it regardless. Therefore, it would be convenient if you could find ways to reduce the cost of residential heating without having to risk leaving yourself shivering.
Indeed, the urgency to find ways to reduce our heating costs has only been maximised lately by the fact that so many of us are currently spending so much more time at home.
It’s why, in another recent blog post of ours, we touched on some of the extremely simple ways you can help to lessen your heating costs during this time, including such tips as closing your curtains and turning off your radiators in unused rooms.
But there’s always more that can be done to keep your home affordably heated. That’s why our Finchley, Fulham and Raynes Park plumbers decided to come up with a few further tips – this time, focusing on your actual heating equipment and some of the upgrades you might consider for it.
A great ‘bonus’ of following these steps to help rein in your energy expenditure, is that by doing so, you’ll also be reducing your carbon footprint. So, let’s take a look at some more great ways to help decrease your domestic heating bills.
Upgrade your boiler – or even just your heating controls
Replacing an ageing boiler with a new one can be a straightforward way to save energy and – as a result – money, as the new boiler is likely to be appreciably more energy-efficient.
However, if your budget can’t currently stretch to a new boiler, rest assured that even just replacing your heating controls could help. That’s because newer ones could enable you to measure – and therefore monitor – your energy output more accurately.
While the “right” heating controls for your heating system will depend on what type of heating system it is, common examples of such controls include timers, programmers and thermostats.
Make extensive use of your timer or programmer
We mentioned timers and programmers above, but what do they actually do? With a timer, you can schedule your boiler to turn itself on and off at given times over a 24-hour period.
Meanwhile, a programmer would allow you to arrange for your boiler to heat up (or down) to particular temperatures at specific times throughout the week.
However, timers and programmers can’t work their best magic if they aren’t strategically configured to do so. For example, you should make sure your heating system won’t needlessly expend energy at times when you are bound to be outdoors.
How much could a particularly energy-conscious household save?
When our Sutton, Ealing or Raynes Park plumbers – or any of our other plumbing professionals, if necessary – visit your home in Greater London, Surrey or Sussex, they can not only fit heating components, but also advise you on how to use them to optimise energy efficiency.
All of that can feed into impressive financial savings in the long run. Indeed, the Energy Saving Trust has suggested that a typical three-bedroom, semi-detached home could save £75 a year from getting a programmer room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves.
Call us on 0203 370 0066 today to learn even more about how our engineers could help youdrive down your home’s heating costs, wherever you are in or around London or the Home Counties.