How to save money on your heating, electric and water bills

Posted by: John Temple on 25th March 2022

Most of us are feeling the pinch at the moment. Which has estimated an average of a £693 annual increase to household bills from the start of April. Inflation has lead to many of us trying to save where we can – and this includes on utility bills. With the Spring weather here and temperatures ascending across the next few months, we’ve put together some tips on how to save money on your heating, electric and water bills so you have plenty spare to make the most of this summer:

Use the warmer weather to your advantage

I’m sure we’re all pleased to see the sunshine – and it’s sure to get even warmer! You can use warmer temperatures to your advantage by keeping your heating switched off for longer. Should we experience a drop in temperatures, The Energy Saving Trust’s experts say that only using your heating when you need it instead of leaving it on low constantly will help you save money in the long run.

Stop draughts to eliminate cold air entering your home

Even with many technical advancements to domestic construction, there is always the possibility that there will be a draughty spot in your home somewhere. To prevent cold entering your home and the need to switch the heating on, consider adding draught proof strips to windows or doors, draught excluders at the bottom of draughty doors and fill any holes/gaps in flooring with silicone-based filler.

Switch off those energy sapping appliances

Flicking energy sapping appliances off at the plug can also have a significant impact on energy saving. The Energy Saving Trust says that the following household appliances use the most electricity:

Water functioning appliances such as washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers

Electronics such as TV’s, speakers, home entertainment systems and games consoles

Lighting – the most energy sapping bulbs tend to be halogen

Cooking appliances such as electric hobs, kettles, microwaves, sandwich makers and air fryers

Consider how well your radiators are functioning

Dirt and sludge are all too commonly found in domestic radiators. Sludge build up often causes radiators to not heat up to their full temperature. Check your radiators for cold spots – these can often indicate where sludge has built up. We would also recommend bleeding any radiators which aren’t heating up as well as they should to assist the radiator with even heat distribution. Our guide to bleeding a radiator can be found here.

Update your heating controls

Once upon a time there was only a static, turning thermometer in the home to control the heating. Now though, there are many smart thermostat options on the market. Many of their manufacturers say that significant savings can be made by having a smart thermostat installed. At Carshalton Boilers, we can install both Nest and Hive smart heating controls – and our recent guide on both of these products will be useful if you’re considering obtaining one for your home.

Is your boiler functioning properly?

Your boiler is the heart of your home’s heating. Old boilers tend to lose efficiency considerably, so having an old boiler replaced with a new, modern functioning one would help you to save money on bills annually. Carshalton Boilers are experienced at installing a range of boilers including Worcester Bosch, Valliant and Ideal. Your boiler may not be on its way out though; it could just benefit from a boiler service to ensure it is running at its full potential. If you think you could benefit from either of these services, contact us today to book an engineer visit.

 

Making savings can be a marathon, not a sprint, so it is best to attempt as many of these energy saving tips as possible over time to reap the rewards of saving on your bills.

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