As the weather starts to pick up and we’ve dusted off our shorts, we may stop worrying about our next energy bill. However, when winter starts to roll around again we may wish we had thought about it sooner. Why not put some measures in place to ensure you are fully prepared now, whilst the sun is still shining. Don’t wait until you’re cold and skint!
1) Ensure you are on the best tariff.
2) Improve your insulation
Start to look around now to see if you qualify for a government grant. Your energy supplier may provide insulation as an additional benefit. If you need further help an advice you can call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.
3) Block out draughts
Walk round your house now and look for draughts. You can buy brush draught excluders for underneath doors very cheaply. Check for areas you wouldn’t think of such as around waste pipes and underneath kitchen units. These are notorious for letting cold air in (or warm air out!) if they have not been finished to an appropriate standard.
4) What about windows?
Draughty windows can be improved using putty or by replacing the wooden beads. Your can also buy secondary glazing that attaches using magnetic strips or you can apply adhesive insulating film to the window. This can be done fairly cheaply but can make a huge difference to your heating bills. Always remember to pull the curtains as soon as it gets dark in winter to help keep the heat in.
5) Don’t block your radiators
If you have a sofa or a bed in front of your radiator it won’t be able to radiate heat into the room effectively. If your radiator is electric and you cover it, not only will it be less efficient but you may break it. Always ensure you have 15 cm clearance in all directions around your radiator.
6) Programme your heating
Whatever type of heating you use, ensure you programme it to come on when your rooms are occupied and ‘setback’ when you are out or asleep. This can be achieved easily with digital controls on electric radiators. If you have central heating you will need to adjust the valves on each radiator to control the heat in unoccupied rooms. It is also now possible to get smart valves on wet radiators that allow you to heat the house in zones.
At VeriSmart Heating we are committed to helping our customers get the most from their heating system. If you would like to speak to a member of the team please call 01484 213151