Heat Saving Tips

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Heaters
  • When buying heaters, make sure that they are the right size for the rooms they are to heat, and that they have thermostatic controls.
  • Remember that electric heaters other than storage heaters consume electricity at the most expensive charge rate.
  • Use a space or portable heater instead of the central heater, if only one room needs heating.
  • Choose heaters with thermostat controls and timers.


Central Heating

  • Turn off the heating overnight and when you are out during the day.
  • Turn off the heating if you are going to be out of the house for more than a day.
  • Proper control and regular maintenance of your heating system can reduce fuel consumption by 10-20%
  • If you have gas heating, turn-off pilot lights during the warmer months.
  • Heat bedroom areas to less than 18oC
  • 20oC is an ideal room temperature. Turning down thermosats by 1oC can reduce annual space heating energy consumption by 10% with an equivalent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.


Heat Loss

  • Open fires are wasteful of energy with more than 70% of the energy going up the chimney.
  • If the radiator is mounted below a window, a projecting window-board or shelf above the radiator will direct warm air into the room, reducing heat loss through the window.
  • Close doors to separate heated from unheated areas of your home, and minimise the area you are heating.
  • Use draft excluders


Hot Water Heating

  • Use the timer on immersion heaters. This should supply you with enough hot water as and when you need.
  • Heating hot water account for 64% of energy consumption in the home: you should be thrifty in its use.
  • 90% of the energy consumption of washing machines goes on heating the water. Wash clothes whenever possible in cold or cool water.