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Energy-saving tips for your plumbing or heating project

High energy bills aren’t fun. So, to keep the cost down, you can try any one or a combination of these energy-saving ideas.

Reflect it

Put thermal insulation foil behind your radiator and it’ll stop the heat from escaping through the walls and reflect it back into the room. See thermal insulation foil.

Keep it clean

We talked about sludge in your system. This unwanted substance can build up in your heating system and prevent it from working properly because it’s stopping water from flowing through your pipes as it should be. Your radiator may have cold spots or you’ll notice that your heating bill is creeping upwards.

Keep it free

Putting furniture, like a sofa, right in front of your radiator can stop you from getting the most out of it. The sofa will absorb the heat and the room will miss out so try and give the radiator the space it needs.

Put up a shelf

Having a shelf above a radiator can help to bounce the heat back into the room and prevent it from escaping via the window. (This is particularly good if you have high ceilings.

Keep it out

Especially in older homes, it’s common to have a draughts coming through the gaps in doors and windows. Using excluders or putting in double-glazing can help keep the heat where you want it. /how-to-guides/home-maintenance/fit-draught-excluders. How to draught-proof

Insulate it

you’ve probably heard it before, but insulating your house properly can help to stop heat loss. A lot of heat can escape through the roof so loft insulation is an simple and relatively cheap way to ensure you keep the heat in. Have a look at our How to install loft insulation

Boiler change

if your boiler is getting on a bit, it may be time to replace it with a shiny and new (and way more efficient) younger model.

Install a thermostat

The great thing about room thermostats, programmers and Thermostatic Radiator Valves is that they allow you to control when your heating comes on and off, which rooms are heated and which aren’t, and what temperature you want in any one room. It means you’re less likely to spend money on rooms that don’t need heating or have the heating on at times of the day and night when it doesn’t need to be. Buy a thermostat.

Turn it down a notch

Turning down the temperature on your thermostat by just one degree can help reduce your energy bill.