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Are you counting the cost of your heating bill?

The headlines have recently been full of stories of fuel poverty, with bodies such as the CIPHE urging Government for a rethink on funding.

All of us, whether we fall into the fuel poor category or not, can make substantial savings on our heating bills if we improve the way we heat our properties.

The good news is that it isn’t automatically necessary to spend thousands on a new heating system to gain significant system efficiencies (although if you have an old and inefficient boiler it is definitely worth considering). Heating controls such as a boiler thermostat, room thermostats, a timer and/or thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) are key to saving £100’s pounds off your energy bills.

Controls allow you to heat your home when it is occupied and only the parts of your house that are in use. For instance, if your house is normally empty during the day while the family is at work and school, keeping the heating on full blast for your return will mean higher bills. However, if you have a timer, you can set the temperature to drop down while no one is in, and bring it back up to your ideal temperature for your arrival home. If you have TRVs fitted to your radiators, you can choose to turn off the heating in unoccupied spaces, such as spare bedrooms.

New ‘smart’ or intelligent controls go a step further. Not only can you pre-programme your heating, but you can communicate with it via a mobile app while on the move. These systems can also actively monitor your home for movement, going into a lower temperature ‘sleep’ mode if it considers the property to be empty, or that the occupants are all asleep in bed. Many also gain information from outside temperatures and weather forecasts, so they adjust your heating requirements accordingly.

By using standard thermostatic controls effectively, householders can save a huge £300 on their heating and hot water bills. Remember, saving energy doesn't mean a colder home – it just means controlling energy use more effectively and improving the way your existing heating system works.

If you don’t know where to start with making efficiency saving, then talk to your local professional heating engineer. Find one via our online search tool or call 01708 472791.