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Energy Saving and Money Saving Tips

  • Your room thermostat should be between 18 and 20°C. Turning your thermostat down to 19°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10%.
  • Weather compensation controllers measure the temperature outside the building and vary the temperature of the water pumped into the heating systems accordingly.  A weather compensated system will provide increased comfort levels whilst also reducing the amount of energy consumed as the boiler will fire less often as the system water temperature will be at a lower level.
  • Central heating is more efficient than using a gas or electric radiant fire. However, older boilers tend to be inefficient. Replacing these with a newer model could save over 20% on heating bills.
  • The hot water cylinder thermostat should be no higher than 55°C for bathing and washing. Why heat water to cool it down with cold water before you can get in the bath?
  • Thermostatic Radiator Valves control each radiator. when the air temperature around the radiator gets to the required temperature it turns the radiator off. The boiler then has to heat less water and not work so hard, thus saving money.
  • A Powerflush can save money by removing the sludge from radiators and pipework, enabling the water to flow quicker, heating radiators quicker and putting less strain on the pump.
  • Magnetic filters sit online your central heating system trapping any residual iron oxide (black sludge) enabling the water to flow quicker, heating radiators quicker and putting less strain on the pump.
  • Scale Reducers sit on the cold water inlet feed to your boiler. They reduce the build up of scale in your combi secondary heat exchanger, thus enabling your hot water to perform at maximum efficiency.
  • Cavity wall and loft insulaton reduce the heat loss from your house.


 Why spend money on a condensing boiler? 

Condensing boilers are able to turn a higher proportion of gas into heat.

A new condensing boiler can work at 90% – 91% efficiency, compared with 50-80% efficiency achieved by non-condensing boilers.  This is achieved through the use of a highly efficient heat exchanger positioned in the flue which traps and re-uses unused heat which would otherwise be lost.

Condensing boilers can save up to 40% on related energy bills. One way of looking at it is this – a conventional boiler, running at, perhaps 60% efficiency, is wasting 40 pence worth of gas for every £1 spent on your energy bill.  In comparison, a highly efficient condensing boiler running at 91% efficiency, means you utilising another 31p in the £1 spent on heating.