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Heating & Insulation Tips

Heaters

  • When buying heaters, make sure that they are the right size for the rooms they are to heat, and that they have thermostatic controls.
  • Remember that electric heaters other than storage heaters consume electricity at the most expensive charge rate.
  • Use a space or portable heater instead of the central heater, if only one room needs heating.
  • Choose heaters with thermostat controls and timers.

Central Heating

  • Proper control and regular maintenance of your heating system can reduce fuel consumption by 10-20%
  • Heat bedroom areas to less than 18°C
  • 20°C is an ideal room temperature. Turning down thermostats by 1°C can reduce annual space heating energy consumption by 10% with an equivalent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Heat Loss

  • Open fires are wasteful of energy with more than 70% of the energy going up the chimney.
  • If the radiator is mounted below a window, a projecting window-board or shelf above the radiator will direct warm air into the room, reducing heat loss through the window.
  • Close doors to separate heated from unheated areas of your home, and minimise the area you are heating.

Hot Water Heating

  • Heating hot water account for 64% of energy consumption in the home: you should be thrifty in its use.
  • 90% of the energy consumption of washing machines goes on heating the water. Wash clothes whenever possible in cold or cool water.

Insulation

  • A lagging jacket on your hot water cylinder will keep water hotter for longer and pay for itself in 2-3 months.
  • Insulate your attic and save up to 20% on your home heating bill.

Invest in your home insulation and save money

Insulation is one of the best investments that an individual could make in their property.

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