A warm home without blowing your money or ruining the environment
Ensuring your home stays warm and inviting doesn’t necessarily mean a strain on your finances or a disregard for the environment. Here are some answers on how to strike the perfect balance and make your home more energy efficient and more attractive to potential house buyers.
We all take our heating for granted but after a cold spell. most of us are grateful for a fully functioning heating system. But us ut costing the earth – financially and envirionmentally?
If your boiler is 15 years old or older then it will not be as efficient as a condensing boiler which, with a full set of modern heating controls, could cut your heating bills by up to a quarter – which could save you up to £255 per year. And with around 65 per cent of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from your home emanating from your boiler, you could save 11 tonnes of CO2 per year – doing your bit for the planet too. When putting up your home for sale, the more energy efficient it is the easier it is to sell.
How to get started with energy efficiency ion your home.
- Some small adjustments to your routine can make a big difference:-
- Remember to sloe your windows at dusk to reduce the amount of heat escaping through your windows.
- Set your thermostat to the lowest possible temperature – typically between 18C and 21C. Lowering your thermostat by even 1C could save you at least £50a year
- Your hot water thermostat shoudl be set at 60C or 140F. Any higher is a waste of energy and any lower and there may be risks of legionella.
- “Bleed” radiators from time to time to remove unwanted air from your heating system and keep your radiators working at their maximum output. Close the valve again once the hissing stops.
- Your next step should be to make sure you are using your heating controls correctly
- Review your boiler thermostat, cylinder thermostat, time programmer and thermostatic radiator valve settings and reset them to match your needs more closely in terms of timing and comfort
- If you havnt already ,start controlling individual room temperatures with thermostatic valves
- If you have radiators, make sure that they are not blocked by furniture or curtains. Any obstructions will stop air flowinf freely around the radiators, reducing their overall efficiency.
- Fit reflective insulation panel boards on the wall behiund the radiators. Although this is only needed if its an outside wall. Rigid reflective radiator panels are an ideal solution if you don’t want to take your radiators off the walls.
- Getting your boiler serviced once a year will make sure it continues to work as efficiently as possible.
We rarely think of our boilers – until they go wrong. They usually break down in winter, so check your boiler in the summer.
Consider your curtains
- Heavy curtains with a thick lining will help to retain heat in a room.
- Remember to draw your curtains at dusk to reduce the heat escaping through your windows and ensure they are not blockling any radiators