Top 5 ways to control utility bills
Property sales are at an all-time high – and so too is the money being wasted by new homeowners who aren’t taking control of their utilities after receiving the keys to their new home. Millions of Brits are spending more than they should on their energy bills.
The Bank of England reveals that 104,969 mortgages were approved in November 2020 – the highest figure since 2007 – and with the stamp duty holiday confirmed to have been extended until June, these numbers are set to rise. In fact, an additional 300,000 property transactions in England could still benefit in the home-move frenzy.
1. Get to know your new boiler
Before you can become a master of your new heating system, it’s important to understand the technology you’re dealing with. If you’re no boiler expert, don’t worry - we’ve got a handy guide to identify your boiler and tell you everything you need to know – whether it’s a combi, system, or regular boiler.
You’ll also want to locate all the relevant paperwork, such as the Gas Safety Certificate and the Building Regulation Compliance certificate, and find out if your boiler is covered by warranty. If so, familiarise yourself with its conditions to meet the warranty’s terms to avoid expensive repairs later on.
2. Bleed and re-pressure regularly to maintain efficiency
A well-maintained boiler will save you money in the long term, on running costs and avoiding expensive repairs. The pressure gauge on your boiler should read around 1.5, but if this is significantly above or below, you need to act. Every boiler will differ, but if you have a Worcester Bosch boiler, there’s a handy page here to help, as well as a how-to video so you can get the problem sorted.
During the summer months you may not feel a need to turn the heating on – but you should. Just 15 minutes or so once a month will keep the system working in order.
Bleeding your radiators is another important maintenance task that will keep your boiler working efficiently, and we’ve got a step-by-step guide to walk you through the process. This is simpler than it sounds, and it’s worth it for those extra efficiency points.
Typical households spend £1,130 a year on their gas and electricity bills, while the average adult will pay a shocking average of £1million in bills over their lifetime.
3. Be smart with your heating schedule
When you’re smart with your boiler controls, your bills will show it. Turning down your thermostat could save you 10% on your bills over the year, and you won’t even notice the difference.
Tailoring your heating schedule to your lifestyle is the most efficient way to operate it, which could mean keeping your boiler on a low setting throughout the day to maintain the same temperature if you’re in the house or switching it off when you’re away. You can also turn off your radiators in unused rooms, preventing any unnecessary energy usage.
4. Kitchen and Bathroom tips to save you hundreds
Being mindful with your hot water usage you’ll also see your bill costs rise; you’ll be surprised how small changes can make such a big difference.
Did you know that washing up with a bowl instead of running the tap could save you £25 a year?
Our recent research indicates that 67% of the UK wash up by hand at least once a day… that’s a lot of water to save! Similarly, when using your kettle make sure you’re only boiling the amount you actually need to avoid unnecessarily re-boiling – this could save £6 a year.
When it comes to the bathroom, showering for one minute less per day could save you £7 per person.
5. Get savvy with smart controls
With smart heating controls you can control your heating remotely using your mobile, managing your home temperature wherever and whenever. Installing a room thermostat, a programmer, and thermostatic radiator valves could save up to 10% a year.
Room thermostats will monitor each individual room’s temperature and automatically switch your boiler on if it drops below your preferred level – you don’t even have to do anything.
Saving money on your bills shouldn’t have to mean compromising your comfort. These small steps will see big results on your energy bill, and the quicker you get on top of things in your new home, the more you’ll save.
Generating warmth is at the heart of Worcester Bosch’s purpose, as it is our reason for being. Read more about Worcester Bosch’s commitment to warming lives, here.