The cost of energy consumption goes up and up and up.
Every year, we incur even greater fees when using the energy we rely on to support our lifestyles. Amongst all these expenses, gas is by far the most expensive. Families in larger homes are looking at bills of nearly £900 a year for gas consumption alone, with the national average sitting somewhere around £750. As the cost of living continues to rise faster than wages can catch it, these large expenses can start to put a strain on modern Britain.
But hope of an economically stable future for your household is not lost. There are changes you can make — changes that can considerably reduce your gas energy bill.
Energy-Efficient Central Heating Adoption
The majority of your gas consumption goes on heating your home. In countries like the UK, where most of the year is cold, damp and horrible, central heating can be on for hours or even days at a time, eating up money.
Yet, we cannot live without it. Life without central heating can be unbearable and, for some of the most vulnerable in our communities, it can also be dangerous. For the UK, cold weather is a killer.
The challenge is not how much cold we can endure; it is how we can effectively heat our homes by consuming less energy. Energy-efficient boiler installation is your answer. New boilers, in particular those that have been designed to use less while offering more, can dramatically cut household bills. Estimates suggest that you homeowners can save up to £340 a year by switching from an old boiler to a new, energy efficient one — a significant and game-changing saving.
Of course, boiler replacement is not cheap. However, given the vast savings to be made, the short-term expenses can result in long-term gains.
Boiler Maintenance Schedules
The average lifespan of a boiler is recommended to be 12-15 years, although many of you will know of boilers that have kept ticking over for far longer. While a boiler may outlast many other appliances and household electronics, it shouldn’t just be left to its own devices until the day it decides to give up.
Like a car, a boiler is built of a great many complicated components. These parts need looking after if you hope to get the most out of your system. Efficiency drops with age, but if the boiler is well maintained, it doesn’t have to.
Many people only call out plumbers to see to their boilers when there is a noticeable problem, but most people won’t notice gradual drops in efficiency and slowly rising energy bills. Maintaining a maintenance schedule for your boiler — an annual checkup like a car service — will ensure that it not only lasts longer and you rarely need to call out an emergency plumber, but also keeps your bills down.
Installation of Smart Meters
A new way of measuring energy use is on the rise in the UK. Known as the smart meter, it is a device installed into the home that can actively track all energy consumption, just as your current meters can. The difference is that this electronic device, likened to a tablet, not only updates your energy supplier with live figures, but can also be used by yourself to see exactly how much gas you’ve been using — and how much it is costing you.
So how does this save you money? It does so in two ways:
- Estimated energy costs become a thing of the past. Your monthly bills become exactly what you have spent.
- Now you are able to actively monitor your energy consumption, you can directly see how different changes, such as shorter showers or turning the heating off an hour early, affect your monthly outgoings.
Trap the Heat with Additional Insulation
Keeping your boiler maintained, investing in an energy-efficient system and tracking your expenditure is all well and good, but there is no better way of saving on gas costs than not having to turn your heating on in the first place.
One obvious tip is to wrap up warm and put on some thick socks, but there are two problems with this. The first is that people rarely want to sit and eat their dinner in a coat and jogging bottoms. The other is that clothing can only go so far in the battle against the cold.
Another, more comfortable way of trapping the heat is to stop it from leaving your home in the first place. Investing in additional insulation is inexpensive and can prove to be a cost-effective solution within only a few years of installation. Spaces such as wall cavities, the loft and flooring can all be insulated with additional material to stop heat from escaping.
The benefit of extra insulation is that, because it keeps heat within the home, your central heating need only be active for a small amount of time to achieve the same levels of warmth as in a home without said added insulation.