As homeowners, we are frequently reminded about the importance of reviewing our energy supplier as our tariffs and deals conclude, to make sure that we are getting the best value for our energy usage. Of course, this is important in terms of managing our finances, but we often overlook how efficient our heating systems are working. The more energy efficient your heating system is, the greater the potential savings you can make. So, what can you do to make sure you are heating your home efficiently?
The sky’s the limit!
When it comes to being energy efficient, start with your roof. Your roof can be responsible for losing up to a quarter of your generated heat and could cost you hundreds of pounds every year. The typical British household could save up to £200 a year by reducing energy loss with roof insulation. This doesn’t have to be an expensive fix – you can find good-quality insulation by visiting your local DIY shop and it is straightforward to lay in your roof space.
Replacing your windows can be an instant method of energy-proofing your home. Moving to energy efficient triple glazing could save you up to £170 pounds a year on heating costs and provide extra security, as well as increased peace and quiet!
Be Smart and monitor your usage
Most energy suppliers offer smart meters to their customers; they are a great way of seeing how you use energy. However, don’t just rely on the meter, be vigilant and consider making changes to how you use your energy.
Turning down your thermostat by just 1° could save a family home £90 a year. Making use of the timing controls on your heater can mean that you benefit by only heating your home when you are there. There are several apps and devices that can control your heating via your phone, putting you in control of your patterns of usage. Finally, monitor the rooms which would benefit from being heated and consider turning off radiators for rooms with a naturally warm ambience.
Make the switch to Air Source Heat Pumps
One of the most efficient ways of heating your home is to switch to an air source heat pump. Rated as one of the cleanest and most sustainable ways to heat your home, this cost-effective system allows you to control your heating costs against ever-increasing oil and gas supply costs.
If your current gas boiler is over 10 years old it may no longer be energy efficient, now could be the best time to explore how you can make the switch to a greener and cleaner home heating system. Air source heating systems are incredibly popular throughout Scandinavia and operate by capturing heat from the outside air to provide a constant heating source to radiators, underfloor heating and hot water systems, even in sub-zero conditions.
Air source heat pumps are guaranteed to lower fuel bills and could generate potential income via the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).