Tips on Saving Money on your Gas Bill
With the cost of heating set to rise soon with the heating caps being lifted, we have scoured the internet to find you some helpful tips along with some general advice to help you reduce your gas bill.
Put on a jumper
Many people tend to walk around their home wearing nothing but a thin t-shirt in the middle of winter; this is as most people tend to turn the heating up higher than needed. However, simply by putting on a jumper and putting on some warm socks (or some warm house slippers), you will be able to turn down the heating a couple of degrees thus reducing your heating bills.
Ensure your timer controller is set correctly
This one can be a little confusing to some, but YouTube has some easy to follow tutorials on how to set up your timer. (Just search for your timer brand, HIVE, Salus, Honeywell, NEST, EPH etc. followed by “how to use”)
A well-insulated home can retain heat for at least an hour after you turn off the heating,
For example, if everybody leaves the house by 8.00 am, you would only need the boiler on until 7:00 or 7.30 am.
n.b. If you want it warm for when you get back, you can set it to set to come on 10 or 15 minutes before you plan to get back home. (If you have a smart internet timer such as a HIVE or NEST and plan to come back earlier or later than planned, then you can use the mobile app to tell the heating to come on at the new time.)
Also, it’s worth noting that most people probably won’t need the heating on while they are asleep at night, meaning you can safely turn it off an hour before you go to bed.
Change the way you use your heating
It is more efficient to maintain a warm house by having the thermostat set to a lower temperature while you are at home, rather than just turning the heating off and then back on at a higher temperature.
Insulate your home
If your home is draughty then a simple solution is to install insulation.
We recommend you start in the loft since heat rises and in an uninsulated home approximately a quarter of all heat is lost via the roof. Yes, this can be expensive, but just think; once it’s done you won’t have to have the heating on as high, meaning, it will pay for itself within just a few years.
Once the loft is done, you can then have the cavity walls insulated and have the outside rendered.
Turn down the hot water setting
Combi boilers provide hot water on demand, meaning when you turn on the tap there is hot water waiting to come out. This usually makes heating water the second most significant use of gas in your home.
Most boilers allow you to adjust the temperature of your hot water, so if you find it is too hot, you can simply turn it down a bit.
Ensure you have your boiler Annually Serviced
Ensure your boiler is serviced annually not only is this a requirement by most boiler manufactures – but emergency plumbers charge a fortune for callouts and repairs.
Ensuring that you have your boiler Annually Serviced will prevent most problems; most gas safe engineers will be able to catch problems before they occur.
Replace your old boiler
Modern boilers are more efficient than they used to be and most boilers only last for 10-15 years or so, after which they start to become inefficient and start wasting gas, which increases your heating bills.
Turn down TRVs on radiators that you do not use
if you have rooms in your home that you do not use very often (i.e. a guest bedroom) use the TRVs to reduce the temperature in those rooms and use draught excluders on the door to block against draughts coming from that room.
Put up heavy curtains and a bit of DIY draught-proofing
If you have draughty windows and/or doors then you can get some self-adhesive draught excluder strips for a few pounds, (at the time of posting Amazon have 3x Rolls for just £3.11.)
Also, putting up heavy curtains on your windows instead of blinds and having them closed at night will help keep the heat in. By acting as insulation, it will help keep the cold air out especially in the winter.
If you have a radiator under a window, remember heat rises and will rise up behind the curtains and out the window, to make the most of your new curtains ensure they are tucked behind your radiators so most of the heat goes into the room instead. (If they are too short for this, then tuck them onto the window sill.)