For most, if not, all households, energy is a vital aspect of day to day life. However, energy doesn’t always need to be expensive and there are always ways to decrease your energy consumption without giving up a portion of your life. Here are the top 5 tips to save money on your central heating and other energy bills for when you need to max out in the winter.
Learning how to control your central heating system is a paramount element in controlling your heating bills during the summer months. You don’t necessarily need to know the entire ins and outs of your heating system control panel. However, it’s a good idea to take time to learn how your heating system works – and how to use the controls properly – so that you can use it in the best and most cost-effective way for you. For example, your home will take about 30 minutes to cool down (longer in a well-insulated property) so consider turning the heating off half an hour before you go to bed.
Try to avoid using your radiators to dry clothes as the extra used fuel to regulate temperature from the boiler may cause significant charges. Drying clothes on the radiator lowers the quantity of heat released by the radiators, so the boiler has to run for longer to achieve the same room temperature, thereby using more fuel overall.
Paying for your central heating using cash or a cheque can grossly increase the amount that you pay bill. The way you pay your heating bill could be costing you money if you’re paying by cash or cheque. Most heating companies offer big discounts (this varies from company to company but expect a 5%-20% discount) to customers who pay online, and even larger discounts to customers that pay monthly by direct debit.
Reducing your heat loss can greatly benefit the reduction to your central heating bills, here are few methods we’ve found to be the most effective (note that most of these solutions may seem like quite the expense initially, however, this will greatly help in the future with energy bills):
Lay floor insulation
Heat can be lost through concrete floors, stone floors or gaps between standard floorboards. Any part of a home that is not insulated will be exposed the more the rest of the property is properly insulated. For example, if you have bare floorboards, these are not insulated. Heat travels directly from your home into whatever type of floor you have and then from the floor into the ground. You can insulate you floor no matter that type of flooring you have.
Install double glazing throughout your home
Fitting double glazing or even better still, triple glazing will significantly reduce heat loss through windows and doors. After all, double glazed windows are just a layer of gas trapped between two sheets of glass. Typically, the gas used in double glazing is one like low E Argon which conducts heat much slower than glass, which when combined with a warm edge spacer and special soft coat glass helps keep your home warm and reduces noise pollution.
Fit cavity wall insulation
UK properties with solid walls with no cavity can still insulate their home by either fitting insulation internally to the inside walls of their home (thereby slightly reducing the floor area) or externally to outside brickwork, render or cladding (which will affect the aesthetics of the property). This type of insulation for solid walls is a bit like a bobble hat, it may not look great, but it keeps you warm!
As previously mentioned, it is quite an important element, to be able to properly control your central heating system will help regulate temperatures in the property in terms of a reduction to the amount you use. Programmable thermostats are great for keeping your home at a near-average temperature. You’ll program in two temperatures, one that will trigger the thermostat to turn on (usually between 16 C-18 C) and one that will trigger the thermostat to turn off (usually 21 C – 23 C). These save money on heating by making sure your home never gets too cold, and the heater won’t have to work so hard to heat your home. Because it’s programmable, you don’t need to be in to make sure that the temperature stays constant.
In this article, we have established some of the most important elements in saving money on your central heating bill. However, there are definitely other measures you could take to prevent extra charges during the winter months. One of the extra measures you’re able to take is the servicing of your boiler.
A boiler service can help you identify any fault with your boiler that wouldn’t be visible until further inspection. This also allows you to catch major faults before they become a risk to your health or your pocket. Here at 247 Home Rescue we offer boiler cover that is inclusive of an annual boiler service which means every year, we will make sure your boiler is serviced. Click here to get your boiler covered or here to book a one-off boiler service.
Held annually on November 5th, Guy Fawkes Night is one of the most awaited holidays of the year. Commonly known as Bonfire Night or as Fireworks Night, it is a holiday which is celebrated in Britain and in several countries that were once part of the British Empire. It commemorates the foiled Gunpowder Plot of 1605 in which a group of Catholics failed to assassinate the Protestant King James I. They wanted to replace him with a Catholic head of state. On November 5th, 1605, Guy Fawkes was arrested when he was caught guarding 36 barrels of explosives placed beneath the House of Lords.
Days following his arrest, many conspirators including Fawkes were arrested and then hanged, drawn and quartered. The following year, the Observance of 5th November Act 1605 was passed to commemorate the event. It is celebrated till today with parades, fireworks, and straw effigies of Guy Fawkes and other political figures which are tossed into the communal bonfire.
Although, public parks provide great entertainment, they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Many prefer to host an event in the comfort of their backyard. A private event will give you the liberty to serve food of your choice, play your favorite tunes, and host a variety of activities. While, a get together with friends and family is always fun, starting a bonfire and setting off fireworks can be quite dangerous. Last year, 4436 individuals attended the emergency room because of injuries sustained during Guy Fawkes Night.
The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) is currently calling on the Government to make a legislature mandating all firework packaging include graphic warnings like the ones which appear on cigarette boxes. They are hopeful people will take caution when hosting a fireworks display.
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Dependency on heating has risen tenfold since autumn has begun. Temperatures will dip further in the coming months. We will be greeted by chilly winds and snowstorms which will force many to stay indoors. Our security blanket against the harsh weather is none other than a gas operable boiler. Manufacturers of national boiler brands promise warmth and comfort. In most circumstances, they deliver on their promise but in some instances, boilers pose as a threat to the well-being and lives of all living at home. Boilers that emit carbon monoxide need to be capped off immediately as they are a source of danger.
Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of gas boilers and is usually released outdoors through a flue. The deadly gas will equalize in our home under two circumstances: either the flue is blocked, or our boiler is defective. Carbon monoxide will release if there are cracks in the combustion chamber, leak in the seams or cracks in the exhaust piping. Its symptoms include nausea, blurred vision, loss of consciousness and breathlessness. Don’t make the mistake of dismissing these symptoms as a case of the flu. It is far more lethal!
Its pseudonym ‘silent killer’ is eerily befitting. The Department of Health reports carbon monoxide poisoning accounts for 4000 medical visits and up to 50 deaths annually. As exposure to carbon monoxide increases, its symptoms go from bad to worse. Breathing in high levels of the deadly gas can cause seizures, a feeling that your environment is spinning, loss of physical co-ordination and Parkinsonism. It is a degenerative neurological condition that is characterized by stiffness, impaired speech and slow movement.
Carbon monoxide detectors come dime a dozen. Choose wisely after researching the pros and cons of each type. You can find alarms that are plugged into an outlet and those that are wired into a wall by an electrician. Battery-operated alarms are commonly used.
Install a carbon monoxide alarm in every room that contains a fuel-burning appliance such as a gas boiler or a hob. The alarm should be at least 3 meters away from the appliance. You should also install an alarm in any room which has a flu.
If you wish to install it on a wall, make sure that it is at least 15 centimeters away from the ceiling. You can also install the alarm on the ceiling, but it should be at least 30 CM away from the light source and walls.
The best place to install an alarm is your bedroom and the rooms in which you spend the most amount of time in. If you live in a multi-level home, you should install an interconnected carbon monoxide detector on every floor. All units will sound off even if one device detects the deadly gas.
Care should be taken to not install a detector behind drapery, furniture or in enclosed spaces such as a cupboard. This will prevent the device from effectively detecting the silent killer. Additionally, do not place the alarm next to a window, vent or a door or in a damp area like a bathroom.
The step by step installation of battery-operable alarms differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. It is therefore very important to read the manual which came with the packaging before you begin installation.
Use the template that comes with the instruction manual and place it against the wall. Mark installation holes with a pencil. Next, use a screwdriver to make holes on the marked spots. Place the wall plugs into the holes by tapping them into position.
Place the screws into the anchors and then screw them in tightly. Afterwards, fit the carbon monoxide detector into position.
Insert the batteries into the device. Next, test the alarm by holding down the ‘Test’ button until you hear it beeping. The alarm will sound for 3 to 5 seconds before turning off automatically.
Make it a habit to test the alarm every month by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds off. This will ensure the alarm circuitry is functional. You should also test the sensor of the unit occasionally by using a canned CO detector test spray. It is a non-flammable aerosol. Press the spray nozzle for at least 3 seconds. Your alarm should sound off within minutes.21/10/2019
Wearing layers of clothes will help keep you warm during winter, but you will need to take several preventative measures to winterize your home. By taking precaution, you will not only lower your energy bills but in most cases, you will save yourself the hassle of calling a professional to weatherproof your home. The perils of not paying heed are several. If the temperature in your home falls below 16°C, the chances of falling gravely ill skyrocket. The elderly, children and those with disabilities are at the highest risk. Those with respiratory illness and high blood pressure can also develop complications such as heart attacks and pneumonia. Regardless of how harsh the weather becomes; we believe the following tactics can help you live indoors with ease.
You need to inspect every nook and cranny to ensure your home is weatherproof. Cold air often enters through gaps in windows and doors. Caulking around these gaps is an inexpensive solution to keep the draft out. Begin caulking around the window frames outside your home and if necessary, fill in the gaps by caulking inside. Alternatively, you can apply weather strip around the window frames. Once you have measured the length of strip required, cut as necessary and stick it over the gaps.
If your windows are past their prime, replace them with double pane windows. They are different from a single pane window because they have two layers of glass. Although, they may cost more than their single pane counterparts, double glaze windows are far more advantageous. They offer noise reduction and more importantly are energy efficient. Additional insulation on your windows can save you up to 30% on your annual energy bills.
You can winterize your doors by using an under-door draft stopper. They prevent heat loss by closing the gap at the bottom of the door. Under-door draft stoppers come in a variety of forms and are easily installed with the help of a hammer and handful number of nails. Brush door sweep, self-adhesive weather strip, door snake and twin draft guard are readily available at most hardware stores. Before you make a purchase, take into consideration how wide your door is and how big the gap is.
Prevent cold air from entering through your windows with insulated draperies. Thermal curtains are energy efficient because they are lined with heavy material. They can save up to 30% in heat loss. It is best to keep them open during the day so sunlight can come in and to draw them at night. You can purchase drapery that comes with lining or ones that sells lining separately. Another option is to use honeycomb cellular shades. Cellular shades contain honeycomb packets that trap heat to block out the cold. Your home will be ready for winter by using cellular shades paired with thermal curtains.
You can weatherproof your home by having your boiler serviced before the arrival of winter. Having an early boiler service will help the engineer catch problems in your boiler. Servicing your boiler will also increase its lifetimes and improve its efficiency.
It is ideal to have a boiler breakdown cover that provides emergency repair along with an annual boiler service. Although, independent tradesmen are available for hire, calling them out on the 11thhour during the dead of winter often proves difficult. They provide service in their local area only and cater to a limited number of customers daily. It is better to work with an organization that is reputable and are top-notch experts in their field.
247 Home Rescue has a network of 3000 engineers and provide cover throughout the United Kingdom. We specialize in boiler installation, annual service and emergency repair. We also employ tradesmen that are registered with Gas Safe Register which eliminates the risk of rogue tradesmen that do more harm than good.
As the temperature dips below zero, your water pipes are at risk of freezing over. This will not only cause discomfort as you will be unable to take hot showers, there is a possibility the pipes will burst and lead to flooding. You can prevent pipes from freezing by keeping your heating on even when you aren’t at home. Caulk or use spray foam insulation to fill the gaps where pipes run through walls or floors. Finally, apply heating tape directly to the pipes or fiberglass sleeves to decrease the chances of pipes freezing over.03/10/2019