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Lower Heating Bills

We have touched on the issue of fuel poverty briefly as it seems to be a running theme throughout our articles. A combination of rising energy prices and living in a relatively cold climate results in this new unwelcome breed of pestilence.
In an effort to lower heating bills, an increased number of UK households are sacrificing a primary source of heating. Families who do not dare utilise the home's heating system because of the consequences that might have on the gas bills. We've seen it first-hand, people even complaining about a boiler replacement, as they "don't use the thing anyway". Not just gas consuming boilers, but electric heating, underfloor heating, economy 7 heating, immersion and water heaters. Anything that involves an electric heating element being used to produce comfortable living temperatures can prove very costly.
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So just how can we lower heating bills? There are a number of suggestions we can make, all with one purpose in mind, and that is to heat your home but as economically efficient as possible.
We shall start with insulation. Think about the insulation that makes up part of your building's fabric. There is little point heating your home, if that heat is just going to disappear through the roof and walls. If your home has a cavity then that is an excellent start, as air within that cavity improves the thermal property of your wall. But to capitalise on this, it is important to improve the effectiveness of the air by encapsulating it with an insulation material. Homes with cavities really do aid with reducing heat-loss, as the thermal performance is improved by breaking the conduction of heat through the walls. It really is vital to invest some money and start filling empty cavities with insulation. After all, this will enhance comfort levels, lower response times and pay back in fuel saved generally within five years.
Don't be tempted to just stop there after you have insulated your walls. To lower heating bills in the home, you will also need to ensure the attic has sufficient levels of insulation. Because heat rises, but you already knew that. With regards insulation in the attic, remember that the building regulations minimum is very much the 'legal minimum'. It is not necessarily the most energy efficient or the economic optimum. It is probably important to understand that energy prices will continually get more expensive throughout the lifetime of your home. So the economic viability of insulation installed now will only get better over time.
Appropriate levels of insulation will definitely help lower heating bills, but combining this with knowing how and when to heat your home will without doubt prove most successful. We say this on a regular basis, so much so even we are sick of hearing it, but having closer control over your heating is key in establishing a way of avoiding the pitfall that is fuel poverty. You will not feel the benefit of heating your home when it is unoccupied, so don't do it! At night, when you're kicking the duvet off you because the radiator in the room is hot enough to fry eggs. Switch your heating off at night, and make good use of a time-clock or programmer, allowing it to regulate when your heating system produces warmth. Set a desired temperature with a room thermostat. Adjust it to a comfortable living temperature ensuring it is not on too high so you're opening windows to compensate.
Constantly comparing energy tariffs, quilting your home with insulation and gaining greater control over your heating are all essential methods that will work towards achieving your goal, lower heating bills.