Lee Norton Plumbing and Heating

You really can cut your energy bills - we have come up with 10 Top Tips 

  • Try turning your central heating thermostat down by 1 degree. It could cut your heating bill by £55.
  • If you have a programmer, set it so that the heating only comes on when needed.
  • You can reduce the energy your boiler consumes by up to 40% with an efficient room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves.
  • Replacing a 10 year old boiler with an efficient A rated new one could reduce your energy consumption by a third.    (If every household in the country installed a high efficiency boiler, the energy saved would be enough to provide heating and power for almost 2 million homes!).
  • Use an appropriate draught excluder around doors, windows, letterboxes and keyholes. However, do not block or seal any air vents which ensure that the central heating boiler or gas fire operates safely.
  • Lower the hot water temperature. Your thermostat does not need to be higher than 60 degrees centigrade. Any higher and you will only be mixing it with cold water to cool it back down for use.
  • Install a new insulation jacket for your hot water tank. It should be 75mm or 3 inches thick and it can save you around £35 per year.
  • If you improve the energy efficiency of your home, perhaps by installing loft or cavity wall insulation, your house will heat up and cool down at a different rate. To maximise savings try reducing the time your heating system is switched on. Insulation can help reduce up to 30% of heat loss through the roof of your property.
  • Service your boiler regularly. Breakdowns are much less likely and you can ensure it's safe and working efficiently.
  • Take a shower! A daily bath can use about 13,000 litres more water per year than a 5 minute shower.
If you want to look at more environmentally friendly ways of heating your home, Norton Heating can advise on a range of products which reduce the use of fossil fuels as well as suggesting renewable and sustainable energy measures you can put in place.