With your central heating seeing more use as the temperatures begin to drop, you will be wary of not spending too much on your heating bills this winter. With energy bills at record highs and still on the rise, all of us will be keeping a close eye on how often we turn on the heating in our homes and looking for ways to reduce our boiler usage. Taking simple steps such as setting timers and insulating our homes more effectively can make a big difference to your energy bills. Allow us to explain how you can cut costs throughout your property this winter.
Put your heating on a timer
Your heating system has various different settings that will allow you to use it more effectively. During the winter months, you may find yourself leaving your heating on for long periods of time to keep your family warm. Although this may be effective, you will notice this having a significant impact on your energy bills. The majority of modern central heating systems will come with various control options, one of which is a timer. Setting this to come on at certain points of the day when most of the family are in, or you have just got home from work will allow you to feel the benefits of heating, whilst not leaving it on for sustained periods. You can expect this to result in large savings on your energy bills.
Choose which rooms to heat
Not only can you time when your heating comes on, but you can also select the rooms that are heated. For example, you may wish to have your home office heated whilst you are working in there during the day, but it’s likely that in the evening this room is not in use. Keeping a close eye on the heating in each room of your home, or simply turning off the heating in certain rooms when they are not in use, can make a big difference to your energy bills. This will prevent you from spending unnecessarily on heating when you don’t need it.
Service your boiler
You may not even need to change anything you do to save money on your heating bills. Simply making sure your boiler is operating efficiently will allow you to prevent wasting energy in your home. You can arrange a boiler service with a qualified engineer, who will make any necessary adjustments to your system, checking all key components and guaranteeing that your boiler operates as efficiently as possible. This will mean that your home will be heated more quickly and less energy will be used in the process.
Properly insulate your home
Whilst making changes to your boiler and central heating system can help reduce your heating bills, so can improving insulation in your home. There are many ways you can ensure heat is kept in your home for longer, so that you don’t need to leave your heating on for such a long period of time. Fitting draught proofing strips to your windows or doors, or filling gaps in your floorboards and skirting boards are low cost but highly effective ways of preventing heat from escaping so quickly. These small alterations can allow you to turn your heating off and keep warmer for longer.
Making these straightforward, cost-effective changes in your home can make a difference to your energy bills in the colder months. They take minimal effort but are worthwhile due to the impact they can have. If you want the assistance of a professional to ensure your boiler is prepared for winter, contact our team at Platinum Plumbers. Our boiler services include servicing, repairs, and fault finding, so you can rest assured your system will operate efficiently. To get booked in with us, call 020 8855 0361 or email so that we can book you in as soon as possible.