Central heating makes up about 70% of household energy consumption during winter in UK homes. Reducing this percentage not only keeps your home warm and saves you money; it also lets you meet your carbon reduction commitment. Here are practical ways how you can cut heating costs in cold months.
Inspect where heat leaks
Save up to 30% on heating costs by finding exactly where you are losing heat. Inspect every part of your home, beginning outside. Check your windows, cables, pipes and even outside taps. Inside, check for gaps and cracks, electric outlets, doorframes, gas or electric entries, loft hatches, cable lines, vents, air conditioners and wires. Check seals and replace when necessary. If you find that replacing windows is costly, you can fit secondary glazing to existing ones.
Make the most of the sunlight by opening curtains and letting the sun in during the day. This lets you use free heat, but when it gets dark, shut them and be sure there are no gaps so that warm air stays inside and cold air stays out.
Check your home insulation
Increase your home insulation using draught excluders and sealant around outlets and ductwork, making sure a vapour barrier is in place. You can check home insulation on your own but it can be quite difficult, but you can follow it up with a professional energy audit.
Take control of your heating use
There are devices you can use to take better control of your heating consumption. One is a heating control kit that will let you control your heating and hot water system. It is complete with a programmer, electronic dial, motorised valve, wiring centre and thermostat. Install thermostatic radiator valves or heating controls because they are proven to save energy by up to 40%. These gadgets will let you use energy only when you need it. Newer models can even be controlled using mobile phones.
Upgrade your heating system
It is worth upgrading your boiler or heating system if it is more than 15 years old. By replacing it with an energy efficient model from www.northerngasheating.com you can reduce your energy costs and recoup the installation expense. When selecting the heating system, consider the boiler’s efficiency rating aside from your budget. You can also consider replacing worn weather-stripping that lets heat out and cold in. If you notice daylight under your door then heat might be going out as well. You can adjust the door’s height to fix this issue.
Heating costs are not just due to a less efficient boiler. It could mainly be due to heat loss. To save energy, prevent your home from losing heat so your boiler won’t have to work as much to put the lost heat back into your house. Don’t neglect small points that lead to bigger heat loss than you realise.