Saving money is always a priority for the financially-minded individual. In 2014, the average gas bill for a UK household reached £752. So what can be done to reduce this significant cost to your household? This blog post will teach you how to painlessly reduce your expenditure on gas bills, allowing you to save more money, and use that money for the more important things in life.
- Get Your Boiler Serviced Every Year
Now you may be thinking: “But this will be more expensive!” However, it is much more expensive to replace a broken boiler than to maintain one. The cost of servicing a boiler averages about £60, which is only necessary annually. Additionally, an unserviced boiler may begin to accumulate limescale, which will increase the time it takes the boiler to heat up – making it less efficient and costing extra money. Servicing also protects the boiler from corrosion – which causes the boiler to break down.
- Thermostats and Timers
Having a thermostat and timer fitted in a room means that you will have more control over your heating. You can decide the exact temperature you want your heating, and the exact time you want it to heat up to that temperature. This will assure that you are not heating to unnecessary amounts, or, heating at unnecessary times, increasing your energy bills needlessly. Another tip: try turning your thermostat to 21 – 23 degrees about half an hour before you need it, instead of turning your thermostat to maximum when you are already cold. This will make sure that the boiler does not run at max to reach the temperature, instead, it will run more efficiently and result in a lower cost.
- Tips for Condensing Boilers
All modern versions of boilers are condensing. This means that the boiler uses water vapour from the flue in order to make the boiler run more efficiently. They are much more eco-friendly and power-saving than older boilers. You can tell if a boiler is condensing as it will have a small white waste pipe coming out of the bottom of it. To save money on your bills, with this type of boiler, you need to run it at lower temperatures. As they are more efficient, they are able to provide more heat, with less heat from the burner. Setting a more medium temperature will result in a lower energy usage. This will increase the heat gradually and slower but result in a more efficient process and a lower cost for your energy bills. If you do not have a condensing boiler, which we recommend, we offer a free quote for a new one. This alone could save you around £300 a year. This means in most cases you could pay for your boiler in around 5 years. This does not take into account the money you will save on maintenance due to your new boiler being under warranty.
- Tips for Combination Boilers
A combination, or, “combi” boiler is the most common type of the boiler in the UK. They work by heating the cold water straight from the mains supply as you need it, which means there is no need for a separate storage for the hot water. One tip to save money with combination boilers is to run your hot taps slower, not fully-on. This gives the boiler more time to heat the water up. Additionally, your boiler will not have to work as hard, meaning it will use less energy, saving you money on your energy bills.
- Tips for Hot Water Cylinders
If you have a hot water cylinder, which you will not have if you have a combination boiler, make sure your immersion heater is turned off. Immersion heaters are used if your boiler has broken down as it works as a huge kettle, heating the water using electricity. It is very common for customers to have an immersion heater left on constantly and not realise, wasting huge amounts of money. Leaving the boiler on to heat the cylinder for a couple hours in the morning, and a couple in the evening should be sufficient for the average-sized family.
- Get Your Boiler Serviced Every Year