May 042010

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With energy costs higher than they have ever been in recent history, it pays to find ways to reduce your central heating costs. Here are some essential tips for cutting down those central heating costs that eat into your wages each month. No matter what changes you decide to make, just bear in mind that the small ones can have a large impact on the overall costs, so it is well worth considering all possible improvements outlined below.

1. The first good tip is to make sure that the hot water thermostat is reduced. Of course, use your own judgement, but you will probably find that you don’t need to go below 120 degrees with the thermostat temperature.

2. While you are downstairs, make sure you have clean filters for your central air-heating unit. 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. Check your air ducts for gaps, leaks or disconnects. In fact, any leaks could be making your energy bills much higher than they need to be, and the worst part is that you’re not actually benefiting from getting any more heat for the costly price of your bills! If you can’t do this on your own, hire a professional. While the engineer is at your home, ask him to check the ducts too to make sure your system is running as efficiently as possible.

4. Adjust your thermostat a few degrees lower. Believe me, this really adds up. The monthly bill will reflect all the changes you have made, and you can feel confident that you have done the right thing.

5. While we are on the subject of thermostats, consider replacing yours if it is not programmable. The reason is, you can set the thermostat so the temperature setting in your house is lower at night than during the day, when you are awake. The great thing about this is that you can have a lovely warm house just before you arrive home, as the thermostat will only program heating and hot water as you want it to be. 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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