5 tips on being more fuel efficient in your home
With fuel prices on the rise and winter well on its way, being energy efficient is more important than ever. The truth is, people want to do everything they can to conserve energy, not only to help them save money but because it is better for the environment. More and more people are looking to find ways that they can be more energy efficient in their homes. Check out our five handy tips for easy ways to stay warm in your home this winter for less.
The Energy Saving Trust, states that around 60% of the warmth that is lost from your home escapes through the walls or roof. Basically, if the insulation of your home is inadequate, heat will escape more quickly causing you to use more fuel especially in the winter. Insulation is an important way of keeping heat in and is an integral part of energy saving. Simple insulation measures can eliminate this loss almost completely.
You can insulate your:
- Walls: Almost half of all heat loss is through the walls of an un-insulated house. Wall insulation could reduce this loss by two-thirds and make your home warmer this winter.
- Roof: As much as 20% of your energy bill can be saved by good loft insulation.
- Windows: There is nothing worse than a draught coming through a window or door – if this is happening in your home then you need to insulate it using either draught-proofing, secondary or double glazing. Double glazing is one of the most popular energy-saving measures in modern day houses.
- Floor: As much as 10% of heat can be lost through un-insulated floors. Which? offer advice on how to go about picking the best floor insulation for your floor.
- Service Your Boiler
Your boiler could be working harder and using more fuel than necessary to heat your home. Like many items that are in regular use, it is important to have your boiler serviced regularly. By booking an annual service at least every 12 months, you can improve your boiler’s efficiency and reduce the chance of expensive breakdowns or maintenance issues over winter.
3. Adjust your thermostat
It is important to ensure that the thermostat in your home is not set too high and that it is accurate. Turning down your thermostat by one or two degrees can have a huge effect on your home heating oil usage! By reducing room temperature by 1ºC, you can save up to 10% off your annual fuel bill.
20°C is a very comfortable temperature for living spaces while 16°C is satisfactory for bedroom areas.
- Bleed Your Radiators
Bleeding your radiators at least twice a year, can help ensure that your boiler isn’t working harder than necessary and, as a result burning more fuel than necessary to heat your home. If there is air trapped in your central heating system, it often takes longer for your radiators to heat up.
- Order more oil
It is also important to remember to try and order as much fuel as you can. Try to avoid ordering small quantities of home heating oil as you will get better value for money on larger deliveries. The larger the order the lower the cost per litre rate as the price of delivery is reduced, thus saving you more money over a 12-month period.
Feel free to contact us anytime for more advice on how to get cheaper home heating oil and how to heat your home more efficiently this winter. Don’t forget, you can get a quote for cheap home heating oil online any time of the day and order in minutes.
Don’t get caught out in the cold this winter. Be Super Saver smart.