Energy Saving Tips: The Cost of Heat

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Heating anything is expensive. Whether it’s your hot water, your central heating, water in the kettle or just your dinner, the process of generating heat costs money and all these types of heating make up the biggest part of your energy bill but don’t worry as it’s easy to trim off a few pounds.

1. Learn your heating controls.

Learning how to manage how you heat is the key to saving money on your energy bills and protecting the planet.

Understanding how your heating controls work and possibly investing in new ones is a way to really cut down your bills. Learning how your controls work ensures that you are heating the right rooms at the right times and heating water when you need it. If you don’t have instructions or someone to give you a hand you can speak to your council or Age UK who may be able to send someone to help.

2. Service your boiler.

Servicing or replacing a boiler can save big money long term as well as safely providing you with reliable heat and hot water.

Look at replacing it if it’s more than six years old. An efficient boiler is cheaper to run, modern boilers are extremely efficient and will lower your bill. Councils often have schemes to replace boilers so give them a ring to see if you qualify.

3. Lag your hot water tank and pipes.

Pipe lagging costs a few pounds and is very easy to fit and a thick tank jacket costs about ten pounds and just needs to be wrapped around.

4. Dial down the washing machine.

Washing on a cold-water wash is fantastic for stain removal, puts less creases in your clothes and prevents shrinkage. If cold washing isn’t for you then dial down to 30 degrees as 90% of the energy used by your washing machine is to heat the water.

5. Lower your thermostat.

Turn your thermostat down by one degree. You probably won’t notice a difference in the temperature of your home but will see a reduction in your energy bill.

6. Put less in your kettle.

Filling your kettle with just enough water for the cup you need saves you time and money. When it’s time to replace your kettle, invest in an insulated one which will keep previously boiled water warm for you.

7. Use a microwave or slow cooker.

Cut back on your oven use. Cook when possible as they use very little energy compared to a conventional electric or gas oven. Slow cooker cooking is the way to go for stews, soups, sauces and a whole lot more. A typical slow cooker uses the same amount of energy as a light bulb so is cheaper to run than a conventional oven.

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