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6 Easy ways to Improve Energy Efficiency

With the winter season approaching, this is the perfect time to start working towards making your home as energy-efficient as possible. The steps you take now would help keep your winter fuel costs down.

According to an estimate one in three adults worry about how they will pay their energy bills in the winter season.

So what can be done to make your home more energy efficient and cheaper to run?

Interestingly you can do this by taking a few simple measures, like turning your heating down, or keeping the doors and windows properly closed, can have a significant effect on your annual bills. The sooner you start making changes, the greater the savings.

Here are our six tested methods for bringing down energy bills and carbon emission at the same time.

  1. Insulate your Loft and Cavity Walls

Residents in the UK lose about 25% of the heat produced by gas heating boilers through lofts, and about 35% through the walls. This problem can easily be resolved by properly insulating your loft and cavity walls. While the average cost of this process depends on the size of the property, costs can starts from £150. The process is not very long and can take a few hours. Due to the effectiveness of this process, you can make your money back in about two years.

  1. Boiler Upgrade

The use of inefficient boilers drives up energy bills and causes frustration when your home isn’t getting warm quickly. These boilers take longer to heat the room while using more energy. You are in luck, as modern boilers are designed to be energy-efficient, with a SEDBUK rating A, reaching efficiency levels higher than 90%.

Updating your old boiler with a new A-rated Gas Heating Boiler would help you save around £300 to £400 off your heating bills, which is certainly a considerable amount of money. You can make long term savings by investing in an efficient boiler. Invest now and invest intelligently.

  1. Use Draught Excluders and Door Seals

The gaps under the doors are another very critical factor and if you have them then this means that your precious heat is probably pouring out through them. This also puts burden on your radiators, making them work harder to keep you warm.

Draught excluders are a cheap solution to this problem. It is recommended that you buy a few for use around the house, especially on doors that lead to empty rooms or outside the house. Rubber and foam seals can also be used to stop draughts and you will notice a rapid difference straight away. Soon the home will start getting warm quicker with energy bills much lesser. These small steps can make a huge difference.

  1. Switch to a water -saving showerhead

While we all enough power showers, their downside is that they quickly use up water if you’re not careful. Opting to use a water-saving showerhead is a great way to start saving on your energy bills.

 

  1. Use an energy monitor

An energy monitor is a really handy gadget for keeping an eye on energy bills. It costs something around £20-60 to buy an energy monitor. After it is plugged in it will give you the stats about your energy consumption and how much you’re paying for it.

 

  1. Use LED light bulbs

While these bulbs are expensive to buy they last much longer and are highly efficient. Investing in switching to LED lights from your regular bulbs is worth your money and you can expect to make your money back in savings on your bills.

If you’d like to find out more about staying warm and saving money this winter, get in touch with us today and our friendly team will be happy to help you. Just fill the form and our heating installers can also visit you to conduct a FREE survey of your property to evaluate your heating needs and give you a no-obligation quote. The installers can also help you make your home’s heating more efficient without the need for installing new equipment.

10 Winter Tips to Prevent Boiler Breakdowns

10 Winter Tips to Prevent Boiler Breakdowns

There is nothing more important than a properly functioning Gas Heating Boiler during the winters and with predictions of a long winter this year, it makes logical sense for us to bring you a little boiler wisdom to see you through. Continue reading and find out how to prevent a boiler breakdown due to extreme low temperatures.

 

Always keep an eye on your heating

Always monitor the heating level of your boiler and remember that it is a bad idea to keep the heating on zero during a cold spell as it can damage the heating system by forcing it to work harder. You can save on the cost of repairs by preventing the boiler from freezing up and keeping it in a workable condition.

 

Read boiler Instructions

You might think it is boring but trust us it will prevent a boiler breakdown. Nearly all boilers come with manuals and to keep your boiler in shape always read the manual.

 

Make sure the Boiler is on

If your boiler is not working the first thing you need to check is if it is actually switched on. Then see if the electricity or gas supply has stopped. If the fuel supply is running then you need to observe the boiler’s pilot. If the pilot is out, reset the boiler manually. You can do it easily and don’t have call an engineer for it.

 

Check the Boiler Pressure

A drop in pressure can sometimes make combi boilers to stop functioning. When the boiler stops working always check the pressure dial, radiators and pipes for any leaks. You can increase the pressure manually if you can’t find a leak in your heating system. Always remember to switch off the boiler before adjusting the pressure. However, be careful as too much pressure can be dangerous.

Bleed the Radiators

You can feel cold patches on the radiator if air gets trapped and blocks the system. In such a situation you are required to bleed the radiator. However, if you can still feel the cold patches, the system might be clogged with sludge and would require a chemical flush by gas safe registered engineers.

 

Insulate the Condensate Pipe

In condensing boilers the condensate pipes can get blocked after freezing in very low temperatures. To prevent this you would be required to insulate the pipes.

If you have this problem repeatedly it is advised that you consider relocating the pipe internally or replace it with a wider pipe.

Thaw the Condensate Pipe

If unfortunately you have failed to prevent your condensate pipe from freezing then you would need to thaw it out. The best method to thaw is by placing a hot water bottle on the pipe. You can also pour hot water over the frozen pipe. Giving it a blow with a hair dryer or wrapping towel soaked in hot water can also work. You need to then reset the boiler.

Old Boiler means more Boiler care

Most boilers in England are 10 to 12 years old with depleted efficiency. If you also have an old boiler it is worth thinking about planning your finances for boiler care. The average cost of a boiler breakdown is estimated to be £235.37 and could go higher if it has more problems. To avoid this it is better to spend a decent amount on boiler care.

 

Get the Boiler Serviced before it’s too late

Regular boiler serving helps prolong its life and avoid untimely breakdowns.  Older boilers are more fragile which is why in order to keep them running you should have them serviced before the winter onslaught. Even the boiler manufacturers advise yearly boiler servicing.

Even when your boiler is functioning properly do not hesitate to get it serviced at the end of the winter season.

Call boiler experts before the boiler breakdown

Call Domestic & General Heating or fill the form on our website and our experts will get in touch with you at the earliest. Our surveyor can also conduct a free survey of your property to give you a no-obligation quote for the installation of a central heating system.