If you have spent the new year looking through your household expenditure and searching for some painless ways to trim your outgoings, energy bills could be a good place to start.
Update your boiler
If you have an old non-condensing boiler, you may want to consider upgrading to a modern alternative. A condensing boiler powered by either gas or liquid petroleum gas is much more energy-efficient.
An unreliable boiler could be costing you money for repairs. Engineer call-outs can cost up to £150 a time, which could be better spent on a replacement boiler.
There is a variety of boiler brands available, often costing between £1,500 and £3,000. A plumber or boiler company that provides boiler servicing in Gloucester, such as HPR Services, can advise on the options and brands available.
Choose appliances that are energy-efficient
You can reduce household bills and help the environment by choosing energy-efficient appliances. This includes large appliances such as washing machines in addition to hairdryers and kettles.
Change energy provider or tariff
Changing your energy supplier is an easy way to save money on your energy bills, especially if you have been with the same provider for several years. Online comparison sites can provide information on tariffs, providers and potential savings.
Insulate your home
Loft insulation could reduce your home’s energy bills by £180 each year, while cavity wall insulation could result in a £150 saving.
Update to a smart or programmable thermostat
Programmable thermostats enable you to pre-select when your heating will be turned on and off. This will reduce the cost of heating your home all day ready for your return in the evening, or at night so that your house is warm in the morning.
Smart thermostats go a step further. The so-called IoT (internet of things) devices enable you to control your home’s heating through a smartphone. The Energy Saving Trust explains how smart thermostats can learn your behaviour and automatically set your preferred temperature for when you arrive home.
Finally, if you are going to the trouble of putting in place any of the suggestions previously mentioned, the first step of putting on an extra layer of clothing is likely to stop you reaching for the thermostat dial quite so soon, helping to keep your body temperature up and your energy bills down.