Do you still remember the days before lock down where you had to go to work and school? Before you left you probably reduced the thermostat for most of the day and then programmed it so that it would heat up the house just before you reached home. Unfortunately, thanks to a bad winter and lock down, all of that had to stop. Since the vast majority of people are now working at home, this has caused most people’s heating bills to increase dramatically, especially in the start of 2021. Most households spend a great deal of money on energy, hot water and heating and these items usually make up at least half of most people’s energy bills. As a result, it is also an area where savings can be made.
We will now look at how you can reduce your heating bills and reduce how much energy you burn every month. The following are our top guidelines:
Reduce your thermostat
When you turn down your thermostat by as little as 1 degree this can result in savings of as much as £80 in a year. Now, if this causes your home to be a bit too cold, then you can use a mobile electric heater. This will actually heat up the room that you’re currently using and you won’t have to increase the temperature in your entire home where it is wasted heating rooms that aren’t occupied.
Go all-electric or get a new boiler
It is highly recommended that you upgrade your boiler to one that is A rated, especially if you have a lower rated boiler. This can easily save you as much as £300 in a year. With that said, boilers aren’t cheap and a new one can cost between £1,250 to £4,000. Also, the government is taking a stronger position on the usage of fossil fuels and climate change so it may not be wise to buy a new boiler. Instead, it may be smarter to get an electric radiator or even heat pumps or underfloor heating. The future lies in using renewable energy that is sustainable. Now, there is actually a push for banning the usage of boilers that are gas based from 2033 and onward. As a result, it is best to invest in alternative solutions for heating your home since these will prove to be better in the long term.
Get a smart thermostat
You should definitely buy and install a smart thermostat no matter if you have an electric heating system or a typical gas boiler. This is because it contains smart technology that allows you to quickly and easily see the current temperature in your house from any device such as your phone or tablet. This allows you to easily monitor the temperatures in your home and allow you to program the temperature wherever you may be. You can even do so even if you’re not in the country! This allows you to change the temperature of your ceramic german radiators according to your schedule and you can even use it to change the temperature of each room inside of your home at any time and independently from one another. This also allows you to use heat only when it is needed by yourself or your family. This will go a long way in reducing your energy bills. The great thing about smart thermostats is that they can be installed on the vast majority of central heating systems and there are lots of different models you can choose from. If you’re looking for the best smart thermostats, some of your options include:
- Google Nest Thermostat E
- Google Nest Learning 3rd Generation Thermostat
- Drayton Wisder Multi Zone
- Hive Active Heating 2
- Honeywell Evohome
- Tado Smart V3
Different smart thermostats have different features and their prices vary. With that said, you should look for ones that have features such as geofencing, energy calculators, detectors for open doors and windows, smart radiator valves etc. If you’re not familiar with geofencing, it is basically when the smart thermostat determines your location in real time and actually increases the heating in your home when it detects that you’re near to returning home.