A few small changes that can make a big difference

There's no doubt that we are living in financially difficult times. Anything and everything that cuts down on spending helps, and over time can add up.

If you're feeling the weight of the cost of living or are finding each payday being stretched further and further, take a look at some of our top tips for how to save on heating bills, put together by a trusted gas safe engineer in Hornchurch.

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What can you do to save on your heating bills? 

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Invest in a Smart Thermostat

A smart thermostat is far more than a smart meter for gas. A smart thermostat is connected directly to your heating system to let you remotely control your home's temperature on your smartphone wherever you are, as long as you have an internet connection.

Most models can even help identify areas or times where you are spending more money on gas than necessary, reducing energy wastage and lowering your energy bills automatically.

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Consider Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs)

TRVs are simply devices that are attached to radiators to regulate their temperature, by sensing the air temperature and adjusting the water flow to maintain a constant temperature.

This means that the heating of a room can be turned down or off individually to reduce annual bills.


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Turn Down your Central Heating to 60 Degrees

Setting your boiler's temperature to between 55 and 60 degrees Celsius goes a long way. Most modern boilers are designed to operate at lower temperatures, so turning things down to about 60 degrees means they can operate more effectively. This can save you up to £100 in a year, without effecting your access to hot water or overall comfort.

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Install a High Efficiency Condensing Boiler

These newer types of boilers let you get the most out of your heating system by extracting more heat from the fuel they burn for an overall efficiency rate of up to 98%.This is altogether safer, better for the environment and, of course, means that each pound you spend on heating goes a lot further.

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Have a Shorter Shower

This is a simple change that goes a long way. The average shower uses around 12 litres of water per minute, and unless you are brave enough for a cold shower each litre needs to be heated.

By cutting the length of your shower by just 2 minute you save 48p per person, per day. For a two-person household, that's nearly £90 of savings in a single year!

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Turn your Appliances Off at the Sockets

Most household appliances continue to use a small amount of energy even when they are not in use or switched off, which over the long term can account for up to 10% of a household's energy usage.

Appliances like alarms, fridges and freezers should be left on at all times, but consider turning lamps, computers or other such goods off at the socket.

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Install a Smart Meter

A smart meter will not automatically save you money on your bills, but it opens a few doors for you. Real-time tracking lets you monitor your usage in real-time to give you an idea of how much you're actually spending each day and week.

Over time, this can help you identify areas where you're using more energy than necessary.



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