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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. 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. Its something that many people neglect, but in addition to changing the temperature, you should also clean out the filters of your boiler to make sure that nothing is preventing it from working properly. A dirty and clogged filter will force your unit to work much harder and stay on longer as it struggles to penetrate anything through the central heating system.

3. Check your air ducts for gaps, leaks or disconnects. It is true when people say that any disconnection problems or suchlike could be adding up to 25% to your energy bill, so you need to make sure all outlets are sealed. Its fine if you don’t trust yourself to do this though, because the central heating experts can come over and sort it for you. 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. The thermostat in general should be turned down slightly so that it saves you money. 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. 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. 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. Since they are a very popular option these days, your engineer will be able to fit one of these programmable thermostats in no time at all.

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. Now is the time to get stuck in – or decide if you need to call the engineer out, just to lend a hand.

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