20 Top Tips For Saving Money On Your Gas and Electric Bills

With the ever-increasing prices of gas and electricity in 2021, it is more important than ever to be saving money on your gas and electric bills. At Bradford Boiler Company, we have compiled a list of 20 useful top tips to help you save money on your gas and electric bills this winter.

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.

A Guide To Combi Boilers

There are three types of boilers that are typically found in UK households: combi, system and conventional, with each having a specific purpose and different builds. In this article, we will explain what combi boilers are, their benefits and their drawbacks.

What is a combi boiler?

A combination boiler, otherwise known as a combi boiler, is the most common type of boiler found in the UK, with over 50% of the new domestic installations in the UK being combi boilers.

How long do combi boilers last?

Combi boilers last between 10-15 years, depending on the model of the boiler and how well it is maintained. One way to improve it’s lifespan is to have your boiler serviced every year. To find out why it is very beneficial to service your boiler every year, please click here.

What are the benefits of a combi boiler?

Combi boilers are very popular due to how useful they are to many types of households. Benefits of combi boilers include:
-Saving space: combi boilers combine the central heating boiler with the water heater, which reduces the amount of space required. This means combi boilers are more space effective, allowing you to use the extra space as you wish.
-Lower costs: Due to the boilers being combined, they are easier to install, which can lead to lower installation costs than system and conventional boilers.
-Instant water: Combi boilers use the water mains grid to retrieve water to use in your heating system, meaning your showers will be more powerful.
-Efficiency: Combi boilers are considered to be highly efficient, with many combi boilers having an efficiency rating of over 90%.

What are the disadvantages of a combi boiler?

Combi boilers, despite being used in most UK households, do have one major drawback: they are not ideal for larger households. If your household has several bathrooms, or lots of rooms, then a combi boiler will not be powerful enough to supply the entire house. A system or conventional boiler will be more efficient for larger houses due to their use of a water cylinder.

The other main drawback to combi boilers is their usage of the mains. This may be beneficial from a space perspective, however, this can significantly impact the pressure of the water if multiple water appliances are being used at the same time.

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

How To Choose The Right Boiler For Your Home

It is inevitable that your boiler will eventually break or no longer become financially worth running. When choosing a new boiler, you want to make sure that you choose one that works for you and your house’s needs. In this blog, we will explore what to consider when purchasing a new boiler.

Types of boiler

The first factor to consider when buying a new boiler is what type of boiler you have and need. There are three main types of boiler that are commonly found in UK households:
Combi boiler – combi boilers are the most common types of boiler found in the UK. They are perfect for smaller families with a house with only one bathroom, and a smaller water and heating usage.
System boiler – System boilers use water cylinders to store hot water used in the heating system. System boilers also get the water directly from the mains, unlike conventional boilers.
Conventional boiler – Conventional boilers are like system boilers in that they both use cylinders to store hot water. However, conventional boilers do not get their water directly from the mains.

If you would like to learn more about the different types of boilers, please click here.

Needs and house size

The size of your house and how much you will use the heating system will impact which boilers will be best suited for your house. For example, a combi boiler is best suited for smaller families and one bathroom due to receiving water directly through the mains. System boilers are able to handle larger heating and water demands, which is ideal for larger families, or for houses with more than one bathroom.

Boiler size

Boiler size refers to how many kiloWatts (kW) a boiler can produce. Depending on how many radiators your house has, and what type of boiler you have will impact what size boiler you should go for. Please note that you should never get a boiler that is too powerful: it will not make your boiler more efficient, it will instead waste the fuel. We have previously discussed boiler sizes in more detail, to read more about boiler size, please click here.

Combi boilers:
-Up to 10 radiators: 24kW – 27kW
-10 – 15 radiators: 28kW – 34kW
-15 – 20 radiators: 35kW – 42kW

System and Conventional boilers:
-Up to 10 radiators: 12kW – 15kW
-10 – 15 radiators: 18kW – 24kW
-15 – 20 radiators: 30kW – 40kW

In conclusion, there are a variety of factors to consider when purchasing a new boiler, including the type of the boiler, the size of the boiler and your house’s water and heating needs.

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

Is the landlord or the tenant responsible for the boiler?

It is never ideal when your boiler stops working, especially during the winter season or colder periods. It is even more difficult if you are living in rented accommodation due to not owning the boiler. In this week’s blog, we explore the laws and regulations relating to whose responsibility is the boiler: the tenant or the landlord.

The Law

Under the Landlord and Tenant Act (1985), the landlord is responsible for repairing and supplying water, gas, sanitation and electricity. A landlord is also responsible for arranging annual gas safety checks with a Gas Safe engineer. They do not necessarily need a boiler cover, but the repairs and maintenance of the boiler is the responsibility of the landlord.

The only exception to the landlord taking responsibility for boiler repairs is if the tenant caused the damage to the boiler. The tenant’s general responsibility is ensuring the general upkeep of the boiler is maintained, and reporting any issues they identify to their landlord.

Can tenants get boilers fixed on their own?

A tenant is not legally responsible for boiler repairs, unless caused by their own doing, therefore tenants should contact their landlords regarding the situation. Tenants should especially not attempt to repair the boiler themselves; not only is this dangerous, this can also cause issues with your boiler, which is your responsibility to amend.

In conclusion, if you are a tenant, your responsibilities are to maintain the boiler and to report any issues with your boiler to your landlord. Your landlord’s responsibilities are to ensure the boiler is annually serviced and repaired. To find out why you should annually service your boiler, please click here.

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