How To Reduce Your Heating And Hot Water Bills
Turn your heating off or set your programmer
If you’re out for the day, turn the heating off so that you’re not keeping an empty home warm. Likewise, during the night when you’re wrapped up in bed, you probably don’t need to have the heating on so you can either turn it down or off completely. It is far safer to set the programmer in your property to turn on and off at given times to suit your lifestyle. That way you don’t have to rely on remembering to physically turn off the heating when you are going out.
The thermostat detects the temperature in your home and turns the heating on when it becomes too cold. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that the thermostat isn’t blocked by anything such as furniture or curtains so that it can do its job properly.
Turn the thermostat down
Try and set your thermostat to the lowest comfortable temperature. Some studies show that turning the thermostat down by just 1°C can reduce your heating bills by 10%. However, don’t reduce it too much and make sure that you are still warm!
Set and forget
It is far safer to set the programmer in your property to turn on and off at given times to suit your lifestyle. That way you don’t have to rely on remembering to physically turn off the heating when you are going out.
Install a water efficient showerhead
As you have a modern home, it is likely that your water appliances are already quite water efficient. However, make sure that if you replace the shower head, it is a water efficient model which will greatly reduce the amount of hot water that you use.
Have a shower instead of a bath
If you have an efficient showerhead then having a shower will typically use much less hot water than taking a bath.
Always use a bowl when washing up
If you don’t have a dishwasher (or don’t use it) then you can save a lot of money by using a bowl when you wash up instead of having running hot water.
As well as wasting a lot of water, a dripping hot tap will also increase your heating bills. Make sure that the tap is turned off or change to washer if required.