Top tips for saving energy and money
Around 30% of the heat loss from your home is through the roof. You can reduce this considerably by insulating the roof space. You may be able to get a grant towards this.
Single glazed windows, particularly those with steel frames, can lose a great deal of heat so you could consider replacing them with PVCu, wooden framed double glazed units, or more affordable secondary glazing solutions.
Lined or heavier fabric full-length curtains can provide excellent insulation. However, always make sure that they don’t cover your radiators.
Use a suitable draught excluder to cut out heat loss from areas such as doors, windows, letterboxes and keyholes.
Thermostatic taps and showers.
It’s advisable to have thermostatic taps and showers, particularly if you have young children, as water straight from a tap can be very hot.
Your bath will fill quicker if you run hot water only into the bath then add cold water after. But always take care around small children.
Keeping a bath warm
If your bath is made of cast iron or pressed steel, the water is likely to cool quicker. Putting insulation underneath and around the bath will keep the water warmer and save energy.
Lowering the setting of your room thermostat by 1°C can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10%.
If radiators are fitted to an outside wall, fix reflective foil on the wall behind them to reduce heat loss through the wall.
Upgrade to the latest available heating controls. You’ll need a programmer, linked room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves as a minimum. Controls with load and weather compensation features boost energy efficiency even more.
Adding solar water heating panels to your system will give you up to 60%* of your hot water free and from a green energy source.
Once you have used your bath there is still a lot of useful heat in the water, heat that can contribute to heating your home. If condensation isn’t an issue, you could leave the water in the bath until it has gone cold.