Towards the colder months, you may be reaching for the thermostat yet if your home suffers from heat loss you could soon be wasting money. By just providing insulation and making sure your appliances are turned off, you can make a tidy saving.
In this guide, we will look at ways to reduce your energy bills and the benefits of using smart zoned heating controls.
How To Reduce Your Energy Bills
Saving money on your energy bills does not necessarily mean making drastic changes. By turning down the thermostat and just eliminating draughts you can reduce your energy bills.
Install A Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat can monitor and control the heating in your home and thus lower your energy bills. While a traditional thermostat can only be altered manually, a smart thermostat can be altered remotely using an internet connection, even with your smartphone.
Simply set it up for your desired temperature and turn it off whenever you need to for those crucial savings on your energy bills.
Update Your Boiler
By upgrading your boiler to an A-rated condensing boiler, especially if your current boiler is over ten to fifteen years old, you could make a huge saving.
This saving could be even more pronounced if you go from a G-rated boiler and you should benefit from the peace of mind by not having to worry about servicing it for a while either.
Turn Off Appliances On Standby
If you are not using certain electrical appliances like the television, you should be switching them off. Even get into the habit of turning off your appliances by the plug socket to make sure they are completely turned off.
A timer plug can also schedule when certain appliances are turned off to make sure you are not paying for the energy when you are not using them.
Turn Down The Thermostat
Even a tiny adjustment such as turning the thermostat down by one or two degrees can save up to £100 a year. Just by becoming more proactive with checking your thermostat, and turning it down occasionally, can see a sizable reduction in your energy bills.
Ensuring that you can eliminate draughts in your home is a great way to keep the heat in. You may not notice but a cold draught quickly removes the heating from your home making you reach to turn the thermostat up.
A draught-proofing kit can be a really simple and cheap method to maintain the heat by sealing all those gaps. If you can seal up the cracks in your skirting boards and floors, even block an unused chimney or prevent the heat from escaping through your letterbox, then that can provide a saving on your energy bills.
Just like draught excluders, insulating your home is another sure-fire method to save money on your energy bills. It only needs to be done once and pays for itself after a few years.
Insulating your loft should require an expert but once the job is complete you can count on the savings by keeping the heat inside your home.
Fitting Double Glazing
To keep the heat in your home, one simple method is by installing double glazing. Such a simple measure can insulate your entire home against the cold, keeping the noise out and saving money on your energy bills.
Double glazing which is A-rated could save over £100 for a semi-detached home that is completely single glazed.
The Benefits Of Using Smart Zoned Heating Controls
A smart zoned heating control such as WundaSmart with its smart hub and smart thermostat can prove really worthwhile. There may be an initial installation cost yet that would soon be paid back within a few years depending on how well you use the controlled system.
By controlling the temperature and heating in certain rooms, you can make savings by not heating up unoccupied rooms. Should energy bills continue to rise, this may be a great opportunity to get a smart zoned heating control system installed now to ramp up the savings.
One of the huge benefits of a smart zoned heating control system is that you can adjust the heating remotely wherever you have an internet connection. For WundaSmart, you simply need to use the WundaSmart app with a smartphone or on a PC/Mac that has access to the internet.
Consider you are on the way home and want the household to be toasty warm when you get in, simply turn on the heating before your arrival.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which Are Better Programmable or Smart Thermostats?
While programmable thermostats can provide a sizable saving on your energy bills by allowing you to schedule your heating, smart thermostats go further. A smart thermostat such as WundaSmart’s can go further by being remotely adjustable giving you more control.
By being able to turn your heating on and off when you want it means you are only using it when you need it.
What Is The Ideal Temperature for my Thermostat To Be Set At?
During winter, the ideal temperature your thermostat should be set at is around 68°F (20°F) whenever you are in the home. This is an ideal room temperature though you should lower it when you are out of the house or asleep.
Just by lowering your thermostat a few degrees, you can make a saving on your energy bills.
Being conscious of energy usage is one of the most crucial aspects of cutting down your energy costs. That could be from a smart zoned heating control system such as WundaSmart which allows you to heat certain rooms and get the heating up to certain temperatures remotely.
Several methods can also be effective in the long-term in reducing your energy costs such as installing a smart thermostat, turning off the standby appliances, eliminating draughts, and insulating your roof.
While these measures seem costly, they can pay for themselves over a few years.