Rising fuel costs has been headline news for a while now, but there are a number of things us as individuals can do to limit waste energy and save money
If your thermostat or boiler has a timer setting, makes sure you utilise this to ensure that the heating isn't on at unnecessary times. Consider turning down the heating, and wearing more clothing if needed. You'll be interested to know that turning down by just 1 degree Celsius, can save up to 10% on your bill.
2.Draft In Some Help
Draft excluders are a cheap and easy way of making an instant impact. You're likely to find drafts coming in from under doors, and through any gap or crack in the wall. By simply plugging them up you'll be improving the ambient temperature considerably
Insulation is another cheap way to make an impact. Around 30% of heat will dissipate via the roof, so insulating your loft, and managing any drafts coming from it's entrance will have a massive impact on how your home is able to retain its heat.
Boiler checks will help prevent any disaster happening in your home, but they will also give you an opportunity to consult with the engineer as to the efficiency of the boiler. It may be in your interest (long term) to have your boiler replaced if its wasting too much energy.
5.Insulate Your Tank
insulating your hot water tank is cheap and easy. You can buy a jacket for it for as little as a fiver and they can reduce heat loss by 70%.
6.Lag Your Pipes
At the same time you might as well have your pipes lagged, which is similar to hot water tank jackets and will further increase your gains
7.Don't Heat Unoccupied Rooms
Depending on your heating system you should be able to shut off the valves or vents in any unoccupied rooms which will save you a bundle of money. If you’re heating your bedroom whilst its unused and your bedroom constitutes about a fifth of the space of your house, you bill will be reduced by around 20%
8.Limit Extractor Fans
If you're using an extractor fan in your kitchen or bathroom, consider having a timer fitted will which switch off the fan automatically after 20 minutes or so.
9.Mind The Fire
If you have an open fire in your living room, make sure you plug up the drafts it causes when not in use. To do this you should keep the damper closed, and consider buying a chimney balloon, which you can self-inflate in the chimney to block out the draft.
10.Consider Other Providers
Energy customers aren't really rewarded for their loyalty, so you should compare suppliers regularly to see if you can get a better deal. Comparison websites provide the ideal platform to do this. You might also consider registering your utilities with one provider in order to get a 'duel fuel discount' too.