Jul 062010

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We know that homeowners are having to deal with rising energy prices, so it makes sense to try and reduce the central heating costs any way we can. With this in mind, the list below provides some essential tips for reducing those costs. Remember that there are small changes that you can make as well, which still have an effect on your overall costs.

1. Head down to the basement and reduce the setting on your hot water thermostat by about 10 degrees. In most cases it is recommended not to go below 120 degrees.

2. Since you’re already at your boiler adjusting the heat, it is a good idea to check that the filters are clean too. Of course, no-one wants to find their boiler filters filthy, so it may be the case that you need to call the professionals out to take a look and give it a boiler service at the same time, just so you can rest assured that your central heating is working properly.

3. As well as noting the above, leaks can be a common problem in a home with central heating, so you may want to double check for anything untoward so you can mention it to your heating supplier. If you have any disconnects or leaks, your heating bills could be 25% higher than they need to be if these gaps were sealed. If you can’t do this on your own, hire a professional. Also, you can kindly ask the engineer to check the ducts whilst he is at your home, and this will help you to make sure you are being as energy efficient as possible.

4. Just by turning the thermostat down it can knock quite a bit of money off your energy bills. Trust in me when I say this really does add up. It may not seem like much of a difference to you, but you will notice the difference when you get a lower bill each month!

5. It may be that your thermostat isn’t a modern, programmable one, this should most definitely get upgraded. A programmable thermostat is definitely the way forward and it allows homeowners to manage the overall temperature in the home, so energy is used efficiently. Also, if you are away at work during the day, you can set it for a lower temperature and have it programmed to start heating the house a little bit before you come home. These aren’t too expensive and are easy to install and configure yourself.

Your central heating bills could be slashed in half if you follow the advice herein. The great thing is that a lot of the advice included here can be done quickly and easily, so it is very little hassle to get it sorted. There has never been a better time to start making those necessary changes to your energy bills.

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