More Simple Tips How To Save Heat And Money
A lot of these heat saving tips cost very little but the savings in a short space of time can be huge.
For more ideas on how to save heat check out saving heat room by room.
For more detailed information on these tips take a look at the heat saving section.
From keyholes, door edges, window edges, etc. Fit draught proof flaps to the letter box and keyholes which are often a major source of draughts.
Fit Insulated Reflective Foil Behind Radiators On Outside Walls
To reduce heat leakage through the wall.
Clean The Vents On Thermostatic Radiator Valves Regularly
Keep the air vents clear of dust and dirt using a vacuum at least monthly to ensure the valves operate at maximum efficiency.
Fit A Small Shelf Above Radiators On Outside Walls
To improve air circulation and to force heat into the room rather than up the wall fit a shelf just longer than the radiator.
Make Sure The Loft Has At Least 400mm Of Insulation (Or The Equivalent)
Loft insulation is very easy to fit and is not that expensive. Don't forget to insulate under boarded areas and insulate the loft trapdoor which is often forgotten. Leave proper gaps around any light fittings.
Insulate Central Heating And Hot Water Pipes In The Loft Properly
This is a relatively simple task which need not cost large sums of money. Don't forget to insulate valves but make sure they are easily accessible and labeled.
Make Sure Heating Boilers And Gas Are Properly Serviced and Set Up
This is a relatively simple task which need not cost large sums of money but is best done by professionals.
Minimise The Use Of Old Open Gas Fires In Fireplaces With Open Chimneys
Around 80% of the heat is lost up the chimney. Newer fires have a heat exchanger in the flue which can increase the efficiency from around 20% to nearly 90%.
Seal Holes Around Pipes And Cables
The is often a small gap around cables and pipes entering the building from outside leading to draughts. Don't forget to seal both inside and outside the house.
Turn The Central Heating Boiler Temperature Down A Few Degrees
If the heating still works effectively try turning it down further.
Turn Of Radiators In Unused Rooms
As long as you are sure the room will not freeze up.
As Summer Approaches Turn Off Radiators Progressively
Starting with the warmest rooms rather than waiting till it is warm enough to turn the heating off completely. Do the reverse as winter approaches.
Fit An Aerating Head To All Showers
Using these saves on hot water use saving on both the heating and water bills/
If Radiators Get Warm When Using Water Heating Only Turn Them Off
This is a design fault mainly on older systems where despite the pump being off gravity still means some radiators get hot. By turning off these radiators you will reduce heating energy consumption and save money.