Is your behaviour at home increasing your energy bills?

Energy bills on the up?

Warm House for Winter

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions have revealed new research warning households that wasteful behaviour could be significantly increasing energy bills. From light bulbs to washing machines and window insulation, there are many ways one can save energy at home.

Over 2,000 households were surveyed and the results are surprising. The key findings are:

  • Only 54% of household turn the thermostat down by one degree - Something that could make energy savings up to £75 per year. If you do not have a thermostat, you can buy one from as little as £11.50 at Mr Central Heating. Buy a Thermostat online today
  • 43% of household admit that they disagree about turning the heating up meaning that the coldest person usually wins and in turn energy use at home increases.
  • Only a third of homeowners eventually make a joint decision about what temperature the thermostat should be set at.
    22% of homeowners turn the thermostat up without telling other members of the household.
  • A shocking 46% of average households have not had a boiler service in the past 12 months. Taking care of your heating system is essential and using heating chemicals can help to maintain a corrosion free system. View a range of chemicals here or find a plumber using our installer database and book in that service.
  • 30% of people are wasting money by leaving the heating and hot water on even when they are not home, upping their electricity bills.
  • 7% of homeowners do not have a magnetic boiler filter fitted. As boilers are made from metal this is an essential part to stop your system from corroding. View our range of magnetic boilers filters and protect your system now.

Wasteful behaviour aside there are a lot of other ways to save money on your heating bills. Energy company tariffs can be over priced and one tip is to review and potentially change your energy supplier or energy tariff since the difference between energy prices between different energy providers can be surprising. If you're struggling to carry out some of the other energy saving tips, then changing your energy deal may be the easiest way to save money on your utility bills.

Ensuring your heating controls are set to the right temperature and are programmed to turn off and on only when you are home can help with home energy savings. Replacing an old inefficient boiler with a new boiler such as a combi boiler is an expensive task, but again moving to efficient appliances can save you money in the long run. Smart meters can help you keep on top of your meter readings and show you exactly how much money you are spending and when.

For the average home it is also important to ensure that your home is well insulated so that heat is retained. Loft insulation, double glazing, cavity wall insulation, draught proofing and even draught excluders fitted along the bottom of the door frame gap can help reduce heat loss. Switching light bulbs to energy efficient led light bulbs will also save a little bit of money due to the reduced energy consumption. All these changes can help with annual savings on electrical bills or gas bills for instance.

See what changes you can make at home to save money by reading our blog 22 ways to save energy at home. here are savings tips on how to reduce energy consumption that could save each household up to £2400 per year on their home energy bills. Additional information can be found on the Energy Saving Trust website.

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