Our useful tips to reduce your home heating costs and improve your home energy efficiency
Now that the cost of gas and electricity bills is affecting us all we have pulled together some of our best energy saving tips to help save you some precious pennies.
Our Top Tips To Reduce Energy Costs:
1. If you have a none-condensing boiler then now is the time to consider replacing it. More modern boilers use a whopping 30% less gas.
2. If you don’t already have them then do fit thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs). And use them. You can then control the temperature of each room as needed.
3. If your radiators are old then consider new panel convector radiators which are much more energy efficient.
4. Boiler Plus compliant, smart heating controls, reduce gas usage by approximately 3%. We recommend Hive or Worcester Bosch controls. The Worcester Comfort 2 is good for people who prefer a more traditional system.
5. Annual boiler servicing is essential to the safe and efficient running of your boiler. Make sure you get your boiler serviced every year to keep it running as efficiently as the day it was installed. Whilst your boiler is under guarantee an annual service is required to keep the guarantee (or warranty) in tact.
6. We also recommend having your gas fire serviced if you use it at all. The fire should be cleaned to keep it in good working order.
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SEDBUK: Seasonal Efficiency Domestic Boiler UK
What are SEDBUK efficiency ratings?
SEDBUK stands for: seasonal efficiency of a domestic boiler in the UK. It used to be shown as a letter but is now a percentage rating. The percentage score is an estimation of the efficiency of the boiler.
How are SEDBUK ratings calculated?
The SEDBUK rating enables you to compare different boilers.
Conventional boilers have a Sedbuk rating of 66% to 81% efficient however condensing boilers are 85% to 91% efficient (SAP 2005).
Efficiency comparison improvements chart
This chart is a handy, industry backed performance indicator based on the Sedbuk ratings (2009) which is based on the user’s boiler which has possibly been
In most instances you may find that your boiler, depending on age, could still be very reliable. However the boiler is reliable but inefficient compared to a new condensing boiler and more technically advanced controls.
This is what you need from your boiler. A new A rated boiler which can achieve over 90% efficiency.
The companion controls are equally as important. They need to be equipped with functions such as temperature measuring. Controls that offer more than delayed start will mean greater efficiency savings. These controls will increase efficiency by around 3%.
In such a cost of living crisis an efficiently reliable heating system is definitely what you need now.