Here are some top tips and tricks for you to ensure best practice on conserving energy, that will save you money and help look after our environment:
Gas and Central Heating Tips:
- Always use a Gas Safe Registered Engineer
- Always ask for ID from your Plumber or Engineer
- Get your appliances checked annually
- If you’ve got an old boiler model, this can waste energy so maybe consider replacing yours with a condensing boiler which could save you around 30% on your annual heating bill
- Insulation is very important. So much energy is lost through poorly insulated homes
- Your hot water cylinder should wear an insulation jacket
- Ensure no heat is lost by checking all pipes are properly lagged and insulated
- Ensure your loft and cavity walls are all insulated to a high standard
- To preserve insulation have your windows and doors double-glazed
- When night draws in close your curtains to stop heat escaping through the windows
- Don’t overheat your house at night- snuggling under a thicker duvet or extra blanket is efficient enough
- Wear warmer clothing- put another layer on if you’re feeling chilly. Throwing on a jumper is cheaper than running the heating!
- Thick carpets and underlay will help stop heat escaping through concrete floors
- Ensure your immersion heater has a thermal safety cut out fitted
- Install a timer on your heating system. It is far more cost efficient to have your boiler coming on when you actually need it on i.e. in the morning or in the evening rather than having it continuously running throughout the day
- Have a room thermostat on your heating system. If you lower the temperature by one degree you could save 10% on your fuel bills
- Don’t block radiators as it will work harder to heat the room
- TRV’s fitted to your radiators will control the individual room temperatures in your home
- Give your boiler a MOT! To avoid your boiler breaking down you will save money if you have your boiler serviced regularly. We would advise you to have your boiler serviced in the warmer months of the year when you don’t need your heating on as when winter strikes we tend to get very busy. By correctly preserving your heating system it will be more efficient and cost less to run and is vital for safety.
Plumbing and Maintenance Tips:
Are you worried about the amount of water you consume?
Then be wise with your water!
Our country is using more water than we have available
Here are some tips which you could do at home to help reduce your water consumption:
- Sometimes you just want to relax in a nice warm bubbly bath but maybe you should opt for a quick shower instead as this will reduce the amount of water you waste a year and cut your costs
- When you do have a shower, reduce the amount of time you spend in the shower so you don’t waste money and there are many water efficient showerheads on the market now
- Check your hot water thermostat isn’t too high. If the hot water temperature is high then the more cold water you will waste to actually cool it down
- Check those dripping taps- changing the washers can significantly cut your water bill
- Fix leaking taps and make sure they’re always turned off fully
- Have a dual flush system on your toilet cistern as ten half flushes saves enough water for a five minute shower
- Check your toilets aren’t overflowing
- Check your water tank isn’t overflowing
- Ensure you have your water meter checked so you’re only paying for the water you’re actually using
- Check the plumbing in your home for possible leaking pipes.
You could be paying for thousands of litres of water that is just wasting away underground
- When cooking, only boil the amount of water you need
- If you’re filling up your washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher always use the half load or economy setting. Only wash on a full cycle for more soiled loads. Ensure you have a full load before you turn your machines on
- Switch to a 30 degree wash instead of a 40 degree when using your washing machine to preserve energy
- When you’re brushing your teeth, shaving, washing your hands and washing vegetables/ food don’t leave your tap running! Did you know an open tap wastes up to five litres of water per minute
- When filling up the kettle to make a cuppa just fill to the required level you would use for the cup you’re using
- If you’re going on holiday or leaving your property for a long period then make sure you turn the water off at the mains
- Use soapy water to smooth silicone round the bath or shower
- Need to remove scale from your shower head? Then fill a plastic bag with vinegar and then tie it round the shower head- this will dissolve mineral deposits!
- Got a blocked kitchen sink waste pipe? This can be easily cleared by flushing through with washing soda and very hot water. You must do this regularly though to prevent blockages forming