Experts reveal their top tips to save money on your energy bills. The experts at BOXT have revealed their top tips on how to save money on your energy bills.
Turn your thermostat down by one degree
You could save up to £80 a year by turning the heating down by just one degree. An estimated 17 million households in the UK could save as much as £1.4 billion by turning their thermostats down by just 1°C from the current average temperature of 20°C. Making a small change to the temperature in your home can make a big difference.
Programme your boiler
Research, undertaken by BOXT, found that only 27.3% of people schedule their boilers, meaning their boilers are unlikely to be operating as efficiently as possible, and homes won’t be maintaining the optimum comfortable temperature.
Investing in a smart thermostat like the Google Nest Learning Thermostat gives you full control over the temperature of your home from wherever you are. The smart technology learns from your habits and can therefore build a schedule that works perfectly for your household, so your boiler is operating as efficiently as possible.
Use a smart meter
Smart meters can help you better understand your energy usage via the in-home display that comes with your smart meter. With more information on your day-to-day energy use, you can see when you’re using the most energy, and identify ways to cut back and in turn save money.
Use thermostatic radiator valves to control the temperature room by room
Installing thermostatic radiator valves and using them with your thermostat could save £75 per year according to the Energy Saving Trust. It recommends using the thermostat to control the heat in your main living space and using thermostatic radiator valves to lower the heating in rooms you don’t use as often.
Keep the boiler on, even while you’re away
To prevent frozen pipes, which can cause hundreds of pounds of damage, the Energy Saving Trust recommends you leave the heating on to some degree during winter, even if you’re not there. Check your home insurance policy before you go away. The rule of thumb is to keep your heating at a minimum of 12 degrees, rather than switching it off completely.
Check you have the best boiler type for your home
The best boiler for you will depend on your lifestyle, the size of your home and the number of people living there. A standard boiler may be a better option for larger households who use lots of water, however, combi boilers can be more efficient as they don’t leave water sitting in a tank where it can lose heat.
The main thing which will affect how expensive your boiler is to run is its efficiency. Having an A-rated condensing boiler (standard or combi) will be cheaper to run than an older non-condensing boiler.
Use insulation to make sure no heat is being wasted
In addition to the wall, roof and floor insulation keeping the heat in your home, insulating your water tank, pipes and radiators is a quick and easy way to improve efficiency; saving energy and therefore money. With options such as a hot water cylinder jacket, which you can fit yourself and only costs around £15, you can quickly start making improvements.