Saving on Heating, Gas, and Electricity
It’s not uncommon to learn of ways to save on home energy costs. Gas and electricity bills have risen by 51% over the past five years, according to Ofgem, and many households never switch their energy supplier. While some online providers offer reports on savings, there are many tips which homeowners can use to start saving right away.
In addition to installing a glass door or aluminium windows, people should consider switching suppliers. Fuel regulators say it is possible to save ₤100 a year, on average, but this depends on the supplier chosen, how much fuel is used, and the method the customer chooses to pay their bills. There are many online resources for learning how to switch an energy supplier.
Upgrades to heating and hot water systems contribute to savings. Installing a high-efficiency boiler is beneficial, especially one with heating controls, programmers, and thermostatic radiator valves. You’ll not only be more comfortable, but can turn the system off at will. Other ways to reduce heating bills include turning down the thermostat by 1˚C. This can cut heating bills by up to 10%. Closing the curtains at dusk, keeping furniture away from radiators, opening internal doors to sunlit rooms, setting water thermostats to reasonable temperatures, repairing dripping taps, and setting washing machines to economy modes are recommended as well.
About Double Glazing
Double glazed sliding glass doors are great for cutting down on the heating bills. Professional installers can provide add-ons that last. Windows and doors can be modified this way, and customers see varying payback periods as costs vary. An Energy Saving Recommended logo identifies windows which can pay off in the long run. Slimline Doors offers double glazed products which have proven to save customers money.
More Ways to Save
- Energy efficient appliances which meet Energy Saving Recommended specifications can range from “A” or most efficient to “G”, the least efficient.
- Buy energy-saving light bulbs, which save money and last 10 times longer. It’s also good to turn off lights and appliances such as TVs, computers, and phone chargers when not in a room.
- Fix poor ventilation with foams and sealants you can buy in a store; this can lead to actual savings on heating bills. The stuff you buy should conform to standard BS 7386 to be sure it will do the job.
- Insulate the loft to stop heat from escaping the house – you can save the 15% of heating costs lost because of lost heat. Add British Standard jackets to hot water cylinders to optimize pipe and water tank efficiency.
- Insulate the walls to prevent heat from being lost, as a third of all heat lost from a home happens here. Unfilled cavity walls should be insulated, which should be done by a professional. Solid walls can be insulated on the inside or outside, contributing to yearly savings.
- Be sure to insulate timber floors with layers of mineral wool insulation under the floorboards. Support the material with netting between the joists; if you do this on the ground floor, and use silicon sealant to fill floor and skirting board gaps, you will prevent draughts and energy loss. Keep some ventilation to avoid rotting – under-floor airbricks in outside walls can accelerate rotting.
- Service your boiler regularly before a problem occurs at the most inconvenient time.
Always consider Slimline Doors and its insulated glass door and other products to see optimal energy savings in the home.