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How to save on heating costs in your home 03/09/2014 @ 10:49

It’s approaching that time of year again when you have to heat your home and provide a warm environment for the coming months. Here are a few simple tips that may help you save on heating costs in your home.

Use your thermostat efficiently – By reducing your thermostat by a degree, you can save on your heating bill.  When you are not using a room, turn down the thermostat by 10 degrees, you could save up to 14% on your heating bill.

New, more efficient heating controls can be installed in your home to provide you with more control over your heating system enabling you to save energy. 

Zone you’re heating to suit your living patterns. This allows you to regulate the temperature in a room e.g. in rooms that are used by your family during the day set a higher temperature than rooms that are not in use. This can help you make significant savings on your home heating bills.

If you are considering upgrading your appliances, then upgrade to A rated appliances. If you are upgrading your boiler consider the new condensing boilers that are now available on the market. They can help you save up to €350 in heating costs annually. They are available as oil or gas and they also qualify for a Government Grant to help you cover the cost of the upgrade. 

Turn off extractor fans in the bathroom and kitchen once you are done using them. 

Ensure to seal up gaps in doors and windows, over time these can develop through-out the house and heat will be lost. 

It is very important that you should have your attic insulated as this significantly reduces your heating costs. According to the SEAI, attic insulation alone can cut your heating bills by as much as 20%. It is also very important that you insulate your hot water heating cylinder and associated pipes. A lot of heat can be lost by having a poorly insulated cylinder so you should consider fitting an insulation Jacket.