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Energy saving: How to control your heating at home

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Energy saving and getting control of heating your home has never been more important than now.

We’ve all seen our energy bills increasing due to the energy crisis but also because we are going to be using more energy than before as we enter into the colder seasons.

However, it is not all doom and gloom - there are ways to tackle it.

Saving money on your home heating is easier than you might think and getting control is hugely beneficial.

How heating controls can make a huge difference to your bills

●     Reduce your carbon footprint and save energy

●     Save money on your heating bills

●     Schedule your heating for when you need it

●     Select areas of your home to heat


Every home with gas central heating uses more gas in winter.

With the gas crisis and rising energy costs only going to continue into 2023, there’s no better time to consider energy saving tactics at home.


Here are 10 ways to reduce your gas bill in winter and save money:

1. Set your heating with a timer

The easiest way to cut back on your home heating is to only have your radiators on when you’re at home and the temperature is cool enough to need them.

A timer allows you to programme the times you want the heating on, and at what temperature.

Setting your heating to go off around an hour or so before you leave, or go to bed, provides enough residual warmth to remain feeling comfortable while saving energy.

Set the heating to be on for when you need it and set the temperature to between 20-23 degrees.


2. Insulate your home

Heat is lost from the walls, doors, floors, windows, and roof of your home, driving your gas costs up.

While you can’t prevent absolutely all heat loss, insulation does prevent a good proportion of heat escaping your home’s extremities.


3. Bleed your radiators

Blocked water, air, and debris in radiators causes them to heat up slowly and can leave cold patches, causing them to work inefficiently.

Bleeding your radiators helps them get hotter and is easy to do at home, without the need for professional help.

For more information on making your radiators more efficient, click here.


4. Switch energy provider

Sticking with the same energy provider for several years means the prices go up over time and you may be able to get a better deal elsewhere.

Comparison websites provide guides and tools for helping you compare tariffs and switch providers to get a cheaper rate for your gas and electricity.

However, the ongoing current energy crisis means it might not be the best time to switch for many customers – so please be careful and consider all aspects.

If you are with an energy provider that has recently collapsed, you can find advice from Ofgem on what to do, along with assurance your gas supply is covered.


5. Check your boiler pressure

Boiler pressure is one of the most common things that can go wrong with central heating systems, causing them to overwork and not be energy saving.

Your boiler pressure should be stable and between 1 and 1.5

Check it regularly and especially after periods of low usage.   If it is not stable or is higher than 2 then please contact your gas engineer as your boiler may need service or repair.


6. Reduce your hot water temperature

Most household boilers produce water at a higher temperature than needed.

Turning hot water down to 60° reduces energy consumption every time hot water is used.

It is safer to set a maximum water temperature, particularly with children in the home, as it prevents scolding.

This energy saving tip also reduces energy consumption every time your taps are run.


7. Get a smart meter

Smart meters show you in real time how much energy you are using.

You see in pounds and pence how much has been spent on energy that day, allowing you to keep a watchful eye and reduce your usage accordingly.

Smart meters are installed free of charge by energy providers in many areas of the UK – you may have been offered them or be able to call and request a free installation.

You can’t directly control your heating or program it from a smart meter, but they do provide you with accurate readings to keep track of your usage.


8. Arrange a boiler service

Getting an annual boiler service ensures the health and performance of your boiler.

Old and poorly maintained boilers produce less heat for the energy they use, meaning you waste money.

Servicing a boiler will spot issues that may be causing your boiler to run inefficiently and fixes them.

An increase in the amount of gas your boiler is using to heat your home could indicate your boiler is old and inefficient.

A boiler service will help you check the health and performance of your boiler, and the engineer may be able to carry out easy maintenance to improve its efficiency.

To read more information about servicing your boiler, click here.


9. Smart controls

Smart technology provides complete control of your heating at home.

Smart controls enable you to control the temperature of your home from a smartphone app, giving you total control over your heating and hot water.

Set, monitor, and lower your household’s heating remotely and amend the schedule if your plans change.

You might be out longer than expected or late home from work – with a smart control system you can lower or turn off your heating from the app.

Equally, you can warm your home for your return.

For more information on boiler controls, click here.


nest smart themostat


10. Heat the rooms you use

When your heating is on but you’re not using a room, turn the radiators down to prevent wasted energy.

You can do this manually or get smart heating with radiator controls.

These allow you to control the temperature of each room with radiator specific thermostats.

Fitting each radiator with a thermostat enables you to control the temperature of each room and only heat the areas of the home where people are spending time.


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Here at Blackpool Boiler Installations, we pride ourselves on not only being able to provide you with energy saving tips and solutions, but also with the energy saving equipment.  Saving energy means saving money and having more money in your pocket right now is something that everyone is wanting. If we can be any help with your boiler or heating system, please contact us.



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