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Money saving tips

Money saving tips.

Now more than ever we are finding that our customers are looking for ways to lower their carbon footprint and save a few £s whilst they’re at it, so we have put together this guide to help save money and energy.

Turn down the thermostat!

Sometimes its the simplest suggestions that work the best.

By turning down your room thermostat by just 1°C you can expect to see savings of up to 10% of your overall energy bills, with the ideal temperature of your home being between 18°C & 21°C most of us wouldn’t even notice a 1°C temperature drop but I’m sure we’d all notice a saving of 10% on our energy bills.

Cleanse your heating system.

A build up of magnetite (sludge) in your heating system can mean that your boiler, pump and other heating components have to work extra hard to keep everything circulating and heating as it should. 

Even with the most efficient new boiler if the system is full of sludge you won’t be getting the efficiency you’d like and your new boiler could be damaged in a matter of weeks.

BS7593: 2019 recommends that when a new boiler is installed it should be power flushed using a chemical cleaner to break down and remove the sludge in your heating system, a quality inhibitor should then be introduced to the system to prevent any future corrosion.

It is also a very good idea to have a magnetic filter installed such as a Magna clean to collect any deposits that may remain in the system, this filter should then be cleaned annually as part of your annual boiler service.

Upgrade your radiators.

How old are your radiators? Modern radiators are generally smaller & have a lower water content than the older style of radiators so therefore use less energy.

Upgrading radiators that are over 15 years old can reduce your heat demand and therefore saving you energy.

It is also a very good idea to have Thermostatic valves (TRVs) installed on your radiators, The correct installation of TRVs, Programmer and room thermostat can save £80 per year when compared to a typical 3 bedroom house with no heating controls.

Annual boiler servicing.

All major manufacturers advise a boiler service annually and the cost of servicing your boiler each year is a lot less than having to repair or replace the boiler if it was to fail.

Having an annual boiler service gives the Gas Safe registered engineer a chance to check over the boiler and pick up on any small issues and rectify these issues before they become a bigger problem.

Also most manufacturers require an annual boiler service on any new boiler installed in order to keep the guarantee valid.

Get rid of that old boiler!

Now I know that a lot of people will try and keep their old boiler going for as long as possible but did you know installing a new energy efficient condensing boiler can give huge savings on your annual energy bills. The average annual fuel bill for an older gas boiler is around £1,204 whilst a comparable new boiler would cost around £744 to run and with new Worcester Bosch boilers installed by ourselves coming with a manufacturers guarantee of up to 12 years parts and labour you could be looking at a huge saving on your energy bills over the life of your new boiler.

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