Energy Efficiency Guide
Saving energy in your home can help you save money on your household bills. Using less energy is also good for the environment, as it will reduce your carbon footprint.
Here is our guide to energy efficiency guide with our advice to help you.
High Efficiency Boilers
If your boiler is more than 10 years old there's a chance that it is only 60% efficient, compared to modern, high efficiency boilers that are over 90% efficient. Read more on how this can affect your heating bills.
Is your loft properly insulated? If you don't have any insulation, fitting the recommended depth of 270mm could stop your heat escaping, and save you up to £240 a year on your heating bills (for a detached property, according to Energy Saving Trust). Simply topping up existing insulation could also save you money.
A room thermostat sends a signal to the boiler to turn on when heat is required, or off when the set temperature has been reached. Read more on how much a room thermostat could save you.
Make better use of your radiators
Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) help you to control the temperature in each room of your home. If you have rooms you rarely use, you can turn the temperature down so your pipes are still protected from frost and be assured that you are not wasting energy.
If your radiators are cool at the base and warm at the top there could be a build up of sludge in your system. This is caused by corrosion inside the system because there is not enough chemical inhibitor to keep it clean.
Your local Gas Safe registered installer can test this and advise whether you need a power flush to clean the system or simply add the correct amount of inhibitor.
This will make your radiators much more efficient. Find your local gas safe installer.
If your radiators are hot at the bottom and cool at the top, you may have air in the system. This is easy to correct by bleeding your radiators. Read our step-by-step guide on how to do this.
Our top 10 tips for saving money on your energy bills
It's easier than you think to save electricity, gas and water in your home.
Did you know that using the right sized pan for the hob and cooking with the lid on will help food to cook quicker, save time and reduce your energy bills.
If you replace one standard light bulb with an energy efficient light bulb of the same brightness, you could save around £3 per year per bulb, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
Did you know that when an appliance is on standby it's still using power? The Energy Saving Trust estimates that UK households spend around £30 a year powering appliances in standby mode.
There are many things you can do yourself to save money and energy, without spending too much. Thermal lined curtains, draught excluders and letterbox covers can all stop heat escaping and cold air coming in to your rooms.
Did you know you can now by motion detectors for your home so that lights automatically turn on and off as you enter or leave the room?
If your refrigerator is suitable for a family of six and there are only two of you, or you have an oven big enough to cook for an army, when you only need to cook for a family of four, then you could be wasting a lot of energy. Buying A-rated equipment that is the right size for your needs could save you money on your fuel bills.
To improve the efficiency of your fridge or freezer make sure you defrost them regularly and always wait for cooked food to cool before putting it away.
Although tempting, don't dry clothes on radiators as this will force the boiler to work harder than it needs to.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, about 21 per cent of the home heating bill is used to heat water. By making sure your washing machine and dishwasher are full before turning them on and by showering instead of bathing you can make significant savings.
By filling your sink to wash the dishes, rather than leaving the tap running, you could save around £30 a year on your gas bill and around £30 on your water bill (if you are on a meter).
Baxi controls can help you use your boiler more efficiently helping you save money on your fuel bills.
Baxi programmable 24 hour wireless sensor is a single channel timer and room sensor. It's night set-back function lowers room temperature at night to save on energy.
Baxi wired weather sensor monitors the temperature outside and adjusts the boiler performance, improving efficiency, lowering fuel bills and increasing comfort levels in the home.