With rising fuel prices proving to be a cause for concern for more and more people, now is a good time to look at ways you can be more energy efficient at home. There are a number of things you can do to cut your consumption. The team at warm.co.uk would like to discuss some of them here. In particular, we will go over the advantages of new boiler installation and making use of smart meters.
Opt for a new boiler with a high energy efficiency rating
This may be one of the best investments you can make in reducing your energy consumption. If you still have an old boiler that doesn't have condenser technology or heating controls you could be wasting a lot of power.
Condensing boilers are naturally more efficient than non-condensing because they pre-heat water using hot exhaust gases. This means they require less gas, oil, electricity, or biofuel to accomplish the task. It also cuts emissions and makes them much better for the environment.
Heating controls are a must-have. With a thermostat you have much more control over what time you want the boiler to come on and what temperature you want your home to be at. You can use separate controls to set different temperatures in specific rooms, saving energy by not heating spaces that don't get used.
Rely on your central heating rather than electric heaters
It may be more convenient to plug in an electric heater when you need one but it can cost you. They are renowned for being amongst the most inefficient electrical devices on the market. On top of this, electricity costs more than gas so you could already be spending more.
Use a smart meter
The biggest recent development in heating and boiler technology is the smart meter. With one you can see exactly how much energy you are using at any moment on the display. You can check what this is costing you too and turn appliances off if you are wasting power.
One of the most interesting benefits of having a smart meter is how much easier it will make it for people to change suppliers. The idea is that the meters will be uniform and able to provide almost real time data for energy consumption and costs regardless of the supplier. There will also be safety benefits if you decide to switch.
The Government is encouraging everybody across the UK to make use of smart meters. In fact, they launched a campaign last year to encourage more households and businesses to use them. This resulted in 3.3 million meters being installed in the first three quarters of 2017. They are encouraging more energy providers to offer them and plan to see the meters rolled out across the whole of the UK by the end of 2020.
Consider the health of your heating
Over time your central heating system can lose efficiency. This can leave you with radiators that don't heat up properly and waste energy. A number of issues can cause this including too much air in the system and a build-up of sludge or sediment.
The solution to the issue is to keep on top of the maintenance, particularly with the help of a professional engineer. They will be able to address the situation and determine what service is needed. Sometimes simply bleeding the radiators will be enough. In other cases they need to be flushed.
As we mentioned earlier, having a boiler with modern heating controls is crucial if you want to save energy. Whether you opt for new boiler installation or already have an appliance with a working thermostat, it is important you look after the control.
The best way to do this is to test it. Try turning the thermostat on and see if the boiler responds quickly. If it does and it reaches the right temperature everything is working fine.
If you turn on the thermostat and the boiler cuts out after a few minutes it is a symptom of short cycling. This is a big problem because every time the boiler cuts out and needs to be re-fired it consumes energy. You will need to consult a professional engineer to look at this problem
The thermostat should maintain the right temperature while the boiler is on. If it doesn't there could be a problem with the calibration. Again you need to consult an engineer to find a solution.
Warm.co.uk can help
We urge property owners to consider new boiler installation, especially if you have an old, inefficient model. Don't let the cost deter you; the potential savings could pay off the boiler over the course of its life.
If that wasn't enough a new installation can also include powerflushing services to make your central heating work more effectively. This can save you even more money in the long run.
If you are looking for ways to reduce your energy consumption at home we have the perfect service for you. We work with engineers across the UK who can provide central heating and new boiler installation services. All it takes is one call to us and we can find a local professional near you.
Our service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is a freephone number to call - 0800 311 8990 - or you can complete the quote form on our website. We even have a partnership with Boiler Quotes so you can get three prices for any job you need.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.