Last week saw the return of ‘The Big Energy Saving week’, which highlighted the changes we can make in our own homes to save us cash on our energy outgoings. All week, free practical advice and events were offered up and down the country to help more of us become a little more energy savvy. As a nation we have the capability to save £7.4 billion on energy bills if we turn off appliances not-in-use, power our homes more efficiently and insulate; according to a study conducted by the EST.
Small steps count and even minor changes can help make your home more energy efficient.
Martyn Bridges, director of marketing and technical support, at Worcester, Bosch Group has outlined a few simple steps to help you make quick savings on both your energy bills and carbon emissions:
- Turning your thermostat down by just 1°C, can help to reduce your heating bills by up to 10%.
- A boiler which is 15 years old or more may actually be wasting as much as 30 pence of every pound spent to heat your home or water. This could mean that as much as £235 may actually be escaping through the flue each year (Source: Energy Savings Trust).
- Boilers over 15 years old are also likely to have a standby pilot light, which could be costing in the region of £50-£60 per year just to keep running.
- Depending on the efficiency of your old boiler, a replacement condensing boiler could actually reduce your home’s carbon emissions by 15-30%. In fact, if everyone in the UK had a condensing boiler, our annual carbon emissions would be reduced by 17.5 million tonnes, resulting in a saving of £1.3 billion on energy bills every year, according to the Centre for Alternative Technology.
- Updating your heating system to an ‘A-rated’ condensing boiler, such as Worcester’s Greenstar range of gas and oil-fired condensing boilers, could make your system up to 90% efficient – helping you to stay warm all winter long without accumulating a big bill from your energy provider.
So all in all even just by carrying out a few checks and making small changes you’ll be making a difference to your fuel costs. Making these changes puts you in a better position to mitigate the widely-publicised rise in energy costs.