It seems that the ‘Big Six Energy Companies’ raise their prices year on year, and the UK consumer feels the pinch more when the winter rolls around.
Every year we read about more and more people who are worried about their energy bills rising, all the while the prominent energy companies see their profits increase.
If you don’t fancy being one of those people who open their bill with baited breath then our top five tips for saving money on your energy bill this winter is exactly what you need!
Optimise your heating system and boiler
There are a few ways in which to optimise your heating system and ensure that you’re getting top-notch performance and value for money.
The first, and most obvious, is to bleed your radiators. If you can feel a difference between the temperature at the top of your radiator and the bottom, then there’s a pretty good chance that it requires bleeding.
Something else worth looking at is checking your heating system for signs of corrosion and sludge build up. Over a period of time, this issue can cause problems and even breakdowns of your heating system.
Invest in a smart thermostat
Your thermostat controls up to 60% of your energy bill, so looking at ways to improve its efficiency should be a top priority.
Over the past few years or so there’s been a rise in what is termed ‘smart heating’ technology. This includes smart thermostats.
Smart thermostats, such as the Nest model, go far beyond what a standard thermostat is able to do.
One of the main benefits of such a device is the ability to manage the temperature in your home from your mobile smart devices, such as a mobile phone or tablet, or from your laptop. This allows you to make changes to the temperature in your home when you’re not even there, which comes in handy if you find that the temperature drops during the day when you’re out, or you find yourself running late in getting home in the evening.
Some models, such as the aforementioned Nest thermostat actually ‘learns’ over time how you heat your home, and will adjust itself when you’re out.
At My Local Gas Man we install Nest Smart Thermostats, click here for a quotation.
Learn how to better use your hot water boiler
There are many myths and a whole lot of information out there when it comes to saving money by adjusting the settings on your hot water boiler.
The truth is, it really depends on the type of heating system you use.
If your home uses a gas or oil system then you would be better served timing the hot water to come on only when required. If you have an electrical immersion heater and an economy tariff from your energy provider then it stands to reason that you’d be better off heating your water at night, as long as your tank is well insulated, keeping it warm throughout the day.
Shop around for an energy supplier & monitor your tariff
It literally pays to regularly monitor your energy supplier and the tariff that you’re currently on. Providers will offer deals and reduced rates to entice new customers, and your own provider will make changes to their own tariffs, so be sure to keep an eye on what’s available.
Use energy efficient appliances
This tip really is a no-brainer, but worth mentioning all the same.
Most white goods now come with an energy efficiency rating. Take this into account when making a purchase, as that washing machine that has a cheaper RRP price tag may not prove to be as cheap in the long run!
The above are only a few tips on how to save money on your energy bill this winter, but you take them all into account you should manage to make a decent saving this year!
Let My Local Gas Man help keep you warm this winter
We can assist you in keeping your heating system running efficiently this winter. We offer radiator flushing services, boiler repair and maintenance and can install the latest smart thermostats to ensure your home is heated efficiently, saving you money. Call us on 01782 654950 or request a quotation online.