Heating accounts for about 60 per cent of what you spend in a year on energy bills, so an efficient boiler makes a big difference.
Today’s central heating boilers are much better than the old ones. They can heat water more efficiently, meaning they use less gas or oil to do the same job. This saves energy and will save you money. If your boiler is more than10 years old, then it’s worth investingating how much a new energy efficient boiler could save you.
Having good central heating controls fitted will also help you heat your home more efficiently and lead to lower energy bills. Controls include programmers, room thermostats and thermostatic radiator valves:
A programmer lets you control when the heating and hot water comes on and goes off.
A room thermostat turns the heating off when the room reaches the set temperature.
Thermostatic radiator valves control the temperature of individual radiators.
Electric storage heaters
Electricity is the most expensive and carbon-intensive heating fuel available in the UK. If you don't have the option of changing your heating system e.g. changing to a gas boiler and central heating system, then upgrading your storage heaters is a good way to make you home more energy efficient.
Modern electric storage heaters are better insulated, have better controls, and many of them have fans to help the distribution of heat. This means that less electricity is needed to keep the home warm.
To find out more about heating system improvements and whether there are any grants avaialble, contact the Energy at Home Advice Service