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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

Putting thermal insulation foil behind your radiator is a great way to stop heat from escaping through walls and will reflect it back into the room. See thermal insulation foil.

Keep it clean

Sludge can build up in your heating system and prevent it from working efficiently because it’s stopping water from flowing through your pipes properly. Symptoms of sludge build-up could be that your radiator has cold spots or you’ll notice your heating bills creeping up.

Keep it free

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

Put up a shelf

Having a shelf above a radiator can help 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

It’s common to have draughts coming through the gaps in doors and windows, especially in older homes. Using excluders or putting in double glazing can help keep the heat where you want it. See how to draught-proof.

Insulate it

Insulating your house properly can help prevent heat loss. A lot of heat can escape through the roof so loft insulation is a simple and relatively cheap way to ensure you keep the heat in.

Watch our video guide on how to insulate a loft.

Boiler change

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

Install a thermostat

Thermostats, programmers and thermostatic radiator valves allow you to control when your heating comes on and turns off, which rooms are heated and their temperature. This means you’re less likely to spend money on rooms that don’t need heating or have the heating on at times 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.