It can’t have escaped your attention that heating bills are rising, and are expected to rise even more over the winter. With the possible exception of energy company shareholders, even householders that consider themselves to be financially comfortable are worried. This is why working out ways to save money on your heating bill has become a bit of a national pastime.
Is it cheaper to leave your heating on low all day?
Some people believe that it would use less fuel in the long run if you have your central heating on low all the time rather than use it at higher temperatures for shorter periods. But this isn’t necessarily the case. The expert advice is to continue using the timer because homes will always leak heat, however well insulated your home is. So by not having the heating system on constant – even at a low temperature – what you’re doing is minimising the amount of energy being wasted.
Turn the heating down by just one degree
It’s estimated that for every one degree you turn your heating up, you’re adding 10% to your bill. It therefore makes logical sense that for every degree you turn your heating down, you’ll save 10% on your bill. Worth wearing an extra sweater!
Only heat the rooms you’re using
Until now, the easiest thing has been to have the heating on in every room – that way we can move from room to room without any sudden drops in temperature. However, to save energy, shutting the doors to rooms we use less often and turning the radiators in those rooms down or off will increase your home’s energy efficiency.
Don’t work from home
Since the pandemic, a swathe of office-based workers have adopted remote or hybrid working practices. There are many reasons why it’s such a popular option – it saves time on the daily commute, its flexibility means people can achieve a better work/life balance, and until now, it has saved people money on transport costs, especially for those with a long commute. However, a recent report in The Telegraph claimed that working from home could cost £175 a month extra in fuel bills. So the energy crisis could well encourage people to go back to the office, at least during the winter months.
We are all used to programming the timer control to ensure the heating and hot water come on and go off, but through smart technology, you can take this control to the next level. Smart technology is especially useful if you have an unpredictable schedule as it means you’ll never have to pay to heat an empty house.
If you’re contemplating replacing your home’s radiators or need a radiator for an extension or loft conversion, it will be worth considering getting electric radiators which can be controlled individually via an app or as part of your smart home. Designer electric radiators come in many of the ranges of the designer radiators that you may already have plumbed into your central heating system. This means that you won’t need to sacrifice style for convenience. And if you’re installing solar panels to generate your own electricity, electric radiators are a win-win!
Use energy-efficient radiators
We stock a range of energy-efficient designer radiators that use leading low-H20 technology which guarantees low energy consumption, but maximum heat output. An optimised heat exchanger results in 90% less water being used than in standard radiators. This means less energy is needed to heat the water, which in turn means the radiators take less time to heat up.
Contact us for more information about our range of energy-efficient radiators, or pop in to one of our showrooms to see them for yourself.