We are all looking to find green ways of reducing our every increasing heating bill – here are just 4 simple ways that won’t break the bank to help you to make savings on your utility bills.
1. Is your home draught proof?
One of the easiest and simplest ways of reducing your heating bill is by ensuring that your home is draught-proof. Any cracks and places that air can leak in from the outside will cause you to lose heat from your home. Not only is draught-proofing easy it can also be done cheaply – where the items you will need can be picked up from your nearest DIY store. Places that are the most common offenders are gaps around doors and windows – silicone gaps around floorboards can also help to prevent heat loss.
2. Have you got your timings right?
Whether you work from home or go out to work timing your heating correctly is essential to ensure you aren’t wasting any heat and paying more than you need to. A new technology that is available to homeowners is Smart Meters –the UK government is aiming to have a smart meter installed at every property because they track your electricity and gas usage in real-time. Therefore, you can see how much electricity and gas you are using during the day and how much it has cost you. By obtaining your detailed energy consumption information you can then make informed decisions about appropriate energy saving measures, therefore, resulting in less energy waste and lower utility bills.
3. Do you have sufficient insulation?
Similarly to draught proofing, sufficient insulation is an easy way to reduce your heating bills. Once you have adequate insulation installed at your property you won’t need to maintain it. The UK government is currently trying to encourage UK homeowners to install insulation at their homes with a range of incentives because insulation is the most cost effective way to reduce heating costs and carbon emissions. It is worth investigating whether you are eligible for free home insulation with any of the Government incentives so you can have insulation installed at your property for free or for little cost depending on your eligibility.
4. Do you have an old boiler?
If your boiler is older than 2005 and it needs to be replaced then it will need to be replaced with a condensing boiler, as stated by the new regulations announced in April 2005. Condensing boilers are initially more expensive to install and buy compared to a traditional boiler but you will recoup the initial costs from your reduced fuel consumption.
If you already have a condensing boiler and are experiencing high utility bills than it is worth contacting your local Green Deal assessor to give your home a Green Deal assessment – they will be able to advise you on the best methods to reduce your heating bills that suit your lifestyle, budget and heating requirements. Whether is by installing insulation or a renewable heating technology they will be able to advise you for the most appropriate solution for you.