How To Reduce Your Gas Bill March 15, 2018 Gas bills are forever on the rise, but we’re hopeful that our energy saving tips will allow you to save some much-needed pennies this winter. Take a read and start saving ASAP. Switch energy supplier Many people are reluctant to switch energy supplier because they have a sense of loyalty to their supplier and fear that the perceived benefits are not worth the stress that the switch might bring, but we’d disagree. The switching process is relatively straightforward and you can check to see how much you can save by using sites like GoCompare and uSwitch. Take a look today; you might be able to save £100’s. Understand the perfect temperature It might seem simple, but understanding the perfect temperature for your home is key to saving money on your energy bills. For most people, the ideal temperature is between 17°C and 21°C. Instead of ramping the temperature up to 30°C on the thermostat in an effort to get your home warm fast, try turning it up to 17°C and using a gradual increase to the ideal temperature. You’ll be able to extend the lifetime of your boiler by doing this too… Boiler service A boiler can be checked with regards to its efficiency and if proved to be working below its optimum efficiency level, a qualified heating engineer can make the necessary changes to ensure that your boiler is giving you the results that you and your money deserves. We offer boiler servicing throughout Manningtree, Colchester, Harwich and all surrounding areas. Close doors Close the doors of rooms that are not in use and restrict the heat into a smaller area. Whilst you’re there, turn off the radiators, there isn’t much point in warming a room that nobody is going to use. Pipe-lagging You can purchase pipe-lagging from most DIY stores. Place it around hot water pipes to keep the water inside warmer, for longer. Loft insulation Loft insulation might seem costly at first, but it can drastically increase the warmth inside your home. However, don’t undo the hard work by forgetting to insulate the loft hatch. Grab some insulation tape from the local DIY store and place it across all of the gaps; it’ll make a huge difference! Tin foil Tin foil is a great reflector of heat, that’s why we’d recommend placing it behind the radiators in your home. It might not look great, but it will reflect the heat back into the home and save it being wasted on warming the wall. You can purchase purpose-built heat reflective foil from the local DIY store or you can use generic kitchen foil, although the results might differ… Bleed the radiators If you’re concerned that your radiators are no longer as warm as they used to be or are concerned about the number of cold spots on them, try and give them a bleed. If this doesn’t work, you might need to consider getting your central heating system power flushed. Curtains Open the curtains during sunny days to allow the natural heat in and close them during the night. Contact a gas engineer in Manningtree, Colchester, Harwich We hope our top tips help all of our customers across Manningtree save money on their gas bill. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to us about any of our plumbing and heating services, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can give us a call on 07967 111201. We’ll look forward to speaking with you soon.