Heat is expensive. Whether it’s hot water from your tap; your central heating system; water boiling in the kettle or the heat needed to cook your dinner in the oven or on the hob. The process of generating usable heat costs money and makes up the biggest part of your energy bill.
If you are looking to cut the cost of your energy bill then changing the way you and your home use heat is a great place to start and isn’t difficult. It can be as simple as a few basic habit changes or by investing a little of your time and possibly money into your central heating system.
Our seven point guide to the cost of heat shows where it’s easiest to reduce your energy consumption which saves you money and lowers the carbon you are contributing to the environment which also helps fight climate change.
LEAP or your local council may be able to provide a free visit to help you save money. Visit the LEAP website here to apply: https://applyforleap.org.uk/ or call them on 0800 060 6567.
1. Learn your heating controls.
“Learning to manage how you heat your park home is the key to saving money on your energy bills.”
Understanding how your heating controls work and possibly also investing in new ones is a way to cut down your bills. Learning how your controls work ensures that you are heating the right rooms at the right times and heating water only when you need it. If you don’t have instructions a reputable heating engineer will be able to help. Explain you are looking for a lesson in how to use your current system correctly and possibly a quote for upgrading it. Ask if there is a call out charge for this visit and how much. Shop around and only use an accredited, qualified engineer.
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. There are often local schemes for replacements so check with your council to see if there is one in your area.
Look at replacing your boiler it if it’s more than six years old. An efficient boiler is cheaper to run, extremely efficient and will lower your bill.
3. Lag your hot water tank and pipes.
Pipe lagging costs a few pounds and is very easy to fit. If you have a hot water tank in your park home then a thick tank jacket costs about ten pounds and just needs to be wrapped around, any accesible pipes that you can see in your airing cupboard and under sinks can be lagged too.
Your hot water pipes may go outside under the park home and it is important that these (and the cold water ones too) are lagged. This is a simple job and the cheap foam cover slips straight over the pipes quickly and easily. The only difficult part is access under your park home!
Park Home Underfloor insulation shouldn’t cover pipes but you could ask an installer to quote on insulation and to put the pipe lagging on for you at the same time.
4. Dial down the washing machine.
Washing on a cold-water wash is fantastic for stain removal, much better than washing in warm or hot water. It also 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. If you switch to cold washing, pop something like white towels through on a boil wash once a month to keep your machine clean and germ free.
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 a big chunk of money if your an avid tea drinker. When it’s time to replace your kettle, invest in an insulated one which will keep previously boiled water warm for you and use less energy to heat back up.
7. Use a microwave or slow cooker.
Cut back on your oven use. Cook in a microwave 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.
If microwave cooking isnt for you then try to batch cook larger portions to freeze and reheat or plan ahead and combine your cooking.