Top Plumbing Tips for Saving Energy and Money on Heating Bills
What are the best ways to save energy without any extra costs?
The following methods can be applied to any household to help reduce the amount of money that you spend on your central heating bills. Many of these ideas involve breaking old habits and learning to adapt to a more energy efficient lifestyle.
Installing Renewable Heating in your Home
What is the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive
The UK government introduced the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) as an incentive to encourage homeowners to switch to installing renewable heating systems. The scheme is designed to promote the use of naturally replenishable energy and reduce the total carbon emissions produced by UK households.
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive rewards properties which follow the guidelines set out for renewable heating installations by offering payments to homeowners for seven years on a quarterly basis for the amount of green energy that they produce.
Removing an Airlock from a Central Heating System
If you discover that you have an air lock within your central heating system there are a number of methods that you can try before contacting a professional plumber. If you are able to remove the air lock yourself you can save the cost of calling a plumber out to fix the problem.
How Can I tell if there is an Air Lock in my Central Heating?
An air lock occurs when air gets trapped inside your heating system resulting in no heating. The most common cause of an air lock is that your radiators were recently drained and refilled in the wrong sequence or that air has entered the system somehow.
Central Heating Maintenance
Should I Ensure that I get an Annual Gas Boiler Servicing?
Following a boiler installation or old boiler servicing, you should get it serviced again within 12 months to ensure that it is working correctly. This is a required service that homeowners must complete and many customers wish to understand why they should pay the extra cost.
Most gas boiler manufacturers advise that your boiler undertakes an annual boiler servicing to ensure that it remains operating efficiently. If you fail to carry out a boiler servicing by a Gas Safe registered engineer, you may find that your manufacturer guarantee becomes void.
Getting your boiler serviced on an annual basis requires additional money spent each year but the results of not having your boiler checked and serviced could become even more costly and result in loosing your guarantee, having to pay for costly repairs or a boiler replacement.
Understanding Power Flushing
Why should I invest in a power flushing of my heating system?
A central heating system which has been treated by a power flushing engineer can save up to 15% on energy costs than a system which has not been treated. For an average heating bill of £800, you could save £120 each year.
Power flushing your central heating system will offer your home an improved circulation of heat produced, a quicker hot water warming time, improvement in efficiency and a warmer home for less energy costs.
Having a power flushing service in your home will also reduce noise from your boiler and radiators whilst reducing emissions which are harmful to the environment.
How can power flushing improve my central heating system performance?
Power flushing offers a solution to clearing out radiators, boilers and heating systems which are not performing well due to a silt or debris build up.
Power flushing forcibly clears the system using high velocity water at a low pressure. This allows for effective cleaning without causing damage to the system. Additional cleaning agents or chemicals can be added to improve the results.
What are the signs that my central heating requires a power flushing?
Your heating system probably requires a power flushing by a qualified plumbing engineer if you experience cold spots on your radiators, noise in your boiler or your heating is slow to heat up.
Choosing a New Radiator Installation
Many modern home designs include a consideration of how the radiator will fit into the over all decor and chosen style of a room. Although you can choose from a wide variety of radiator colours and styles, one of the most important factors that you should engage in when replacing your radiators or considering the best type of radiator for your home or business, is the way in which it performs.
Sometimes, it is easy to forget that the purpose of a radiator is to heat your home in the most cost effective and reliable way.
Which is the Best Boiler Brand for My Central Heating?
Upgrading your old G-rated boiler for a more fuel efficient A-rated boiler can save you up to £235 per year in energy costs. The modern eco-friendly boilers are so energy efficient that all new boilers installed in the UK must be A-rated energy efficient boilers to help reduce the impact of CO2 emissions from the nations heating requirements.
Which type of boiler is right for my home?
The most common type of new boiler installation in the home is a condensing boiler. These energy efficient boilers use a significant amount of energy produced which would have gone to waste in older boiler types.
Condensing boilers are the preferred boiler type for any homes which are connected to the mains gas supply and use this as their main energy source. Some homes still rely on oil-powered boilers however and these properties will be limited to oil only boilers.
Reducing your Heating Bills with Home Insulation
One of the most significant ways to improve the amount of heat that you get from your boiler and central heating is to replace any older heating systems with new energy efficient boilers, radiators and possibly renewable energy source heating.
If you are considering new central heating system installation or you want to improve the efficiency of your existing boiler, there are a number of ways for you to insulate your home and get the full benefit of the energy produced for your home.