1. Turning down your thermostat by 1 degree can save up to £150.00 per year on your energy bills.

2. You can save energy by upgrading your old boiler to a new A-rated condensing boiler with a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls.

3. You can save around £25 a year by washing up in a bowl rather than using a running tap.

4. Buying an efficient showerhead can save you as much as £18 per person a year on energy bills, plus an additional amount if you have a water meter.

5. Insulating your loft will shave around £135 off your energy bills each year if you live in a typical semi-detached house.
6. Are you heating rooms that aren’t being used? Make sure all your radiators have thermostats on them and are being used correctly. The Energy Saving Trust suggests that turning down your thermostat by just one degree could save around £75 per year.

7. Adding a chemical inhibitor to your central heating system on your annual boiler service will help to keep your boiler protected to save money on breakdown bills.

8. Periodically bleed all of your radiators to make sure there are no cold spots at the top of your radiators.

9. The ideal pressure on your boiler’s pressure gauge is between 1 and 1.5 bar. If your pressure gauge is higher or lower, you could be losing lots of money.

10. Familiarise yourself with topping up the pressure on your Combi boiler. Over time, your combi boiler’s pressure will decrease, which will impact the efficiency of the boiler.

11. Closing your curtains and tucking them behind the radiator when installed under a window is a great way to save money and keep the heat in your room to make it warm and cosy.

12. Getting your boiler serviced annually helps to maintain safety, energy efficiency and keep your boiler warranty/guarantee valid

13. Draught proofing – check around your home for draughts, especially near outside doors. Draughts can cause your home to be cooler, which means you’ll have to spend more on heating your home.

14. According to experts at the Energy Saving Trust, the idea that it’s cheaper to leave the heating on low all day is a myth. The Energy Saving Trust says if you’re keeping the heating on all day you’re losing energy all day, so it’s better to heat your home only when you need it.

15. Having a magnetic filter helps with boiler reliability, causing fewer breakdowns by catching magnetic debris (often referred to as sludge). They can also collect non-magnetic debris as well if they have a screen inside.

16. Turn off electrical appliances that you are not using. Having an appliance or item on standby uses electricity, which means you are losing money.

17. Turn off lights when you are not in that room.

18. Consider having solar panels fitted while the initial investment may be high. With electric and gas prices constantly rising, having solar panels installed may prove to be a good long-term investment.

19. Make sure your windows are double or triple glazed. Nearly all homes in the UK will have either double or triple glazed windows, but do pay attention to windows that have condensation inside the window panes; this would indicate they have lost the argon gas, that helps insulate your home, has dissipated away. There are specialist firms that will repair glazed window units.

20. Keep those internal and external doors closed. Rooms not being used will suck the heat out of other rooms if you don’t close your doors. Keeping the external doors open will waste even more heat energy than internal doors due to letting the cold from outside into your home.

If you would like a boiler installed or repaired, please contact Bradford Boiler Company at info@bradfordboilercompany.co.uk or 01247 317169.