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Energy Saving Tips
Just by following these simple tips you could expect to save over £120 per year, very simply, very quickly. Many more can be adopted to reduce your central heating bills and help reduce Co2 emissions.
- 1Turn off your phone charger when not in use. SAVE around £4 a year
- 2Putting the kettle on? Boil only the amount of water you need. SAVE around £27 a year
- 3Replace bulbs with new energy saving light bulbs. SAVE around £24 a year
- 4Turn Off instead of Standby.
SAVE around £30 a year
- 5Turn your thermostat down by 1 degree.
SAVE around £41 a year
Katie Anderson - April 22nd, 2014
April has been quite a significant month for domestic owners of renewable heating, thanks to the long awaited launch of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme (RHI). Delayed for near on five years, households with ground source heat pumps, solar thermal hot water systems, air source heat pumps and biomass boilers will now be able to [...]
How Efficient is Your Boiler?
Our boiler efficiency tables provided by SEDBUK (the seasonal efficiency of domestic boilers in the UK) provide a guide of how effective your boiler is at turning fuel into heat.
Just enter the manufacturer and model of your boiler and we'll tell you the SEDBUK rating ranging from A-G (if it has a rating that is) and an efficiency percentage, i.e 90% efficient means 10% of the fuel is wasted.
You may find it's cheaper to buy a new boiler!
Energy Company Obligation
Introduced in January 2013, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a Government scheme designed to target society’s most vulnerable households by helping them to become more energy efficient.
Energy suppliers in England, Scotland and Wales have a legal obligation to provide help to low income fuel poor households. Eligible homeowners or tenants in private rented accommodation in receipt of qualifying benefits may be entitled to replace an old energy inefficient boiler with a new A-rated model, upgrade a central heating system or install home insulation including loft and cavity wall insulation.
Are You Eligible For Free Insulation?
You could be eligible for free home insulation via the Energy Company Obligation which aims to make homes warmer, healthier and more energy-efficient. Similar schemes operate in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You can find out more about home insulation measures at our cavity wall insulation and loft insulation pages.
Solar panels supply two very distinct forms of energy in the form of solar photovoltaic (electricity) and solar thermal (hot water), both requiring very different types of solar panels and installers.
For example many heating engineers can supply and fit solar thermal panels but may be reluctant to fit solar photovoltaics, for these you may be best contacting a local electrician or specialist solar PV installer.
Modern day conventional and combi boilers are quiet, efficient and convert more fuel to heat, providing lower running costs and a more comfortable home.
How Much Does Central Heating Cost?
Central heating systems range in cost depending upon the complexity and type of installation.
The cheapest systems to install utilise a gas combi boiler which reduces pipework but is not suited to all properties, the more expensive oil boiler installations are highly efficient but very expensive. More information on central heating costs.
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- Apr 22. Renewable Heat Incentive now open for domestic customers
- Feb 19. Claim up to £4000 with Green Deal cashback scheme
- Feb 13. Brits risk their health because of high energy bills
- Jan 21. Age UK and OFTEC's guide to staying warm
- Jan 13. Homeowners could benefit from more energy efficiency grants
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