With the head of Ofgem, the UK’s energy regulator, warning that annual home energy bills are likely to rise by another £800 when the price cap is revised in October, RGB Building Supplies is giving advice to local households on cost-effective changes they can get. Potential savings of up to £700 on average annual energy bill.
Martin Ballantyne, Branch Manager at RGB Bodmin commented: “We all hear daily about cost-of-living increases, and since wallets are certainly feeling the corner for many families, we’ve put together some advice on small changes people can make in their home now to reduce energy bills. Don’t cost Our advice is a lot of money and will be good for the environment as well.”
Fixing drafts is one of the cheapest and simplest jobs that can be done to conserve energy.
The house loses heat through the gaps around the windows and baseboards, so by installing draft except for tape, or putting silicone around the windows, and using vents at the bottoms of the doors will help lock the heat inside.
For homes with open fireplaces, use battens that can be fitted into chimneys to prevent heat from disappearing when not in use.
Energy savings cost: up to £45 per year / up to £65 per year for properties with chimneys.
Not only can you save money by ensuring that lights are turned off in rooms that aren’t being used, but replacing all light bulbs with LED replacements, which are more efficient than traditional energy-saving bulbs, can save money on your electric bills.
LED lights use less energy and last longer than halogen bulbs.
Energy savings cost: average £4 per year per bulb based on wattage equivalent / UK average home savings of £40 per year.
Make sure the house is insulated
“Like fixing drafts, ensuring a home is properly insulated will stop heat from escaping,” Martin said. “As the heat rises, up to 25% can fade in a loft space.
If the house does not have overhead insulation, start by filling in the gaps between the floor joists.
If attic space is used a lot, add insulation between roof joists to increase savings and improve thermal efficiency. “
Energy savings cost: up to £250 per year.
Ensure that the radiators are powered by thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs)
TRVs allow radiators to be set at different temperature settings in each room. This means that energy will not be wasted in rooms that are not used regularly like others.
TRVs can be replaced easily and cost effectively without having to spend money on a new coolant.
Energy savings cost: up to £150 per year.
Radiators bleeding regularly
Air can become trapped in the radiators, which means that the heating system will not function optimally. By means of bleeding radiators, this air is released; It is best to do this at least once a year.
If the radiator is warm at the bottom and cold at the top or makes a gurgling noise, it needs to bleed. Bleed radiator switches are very cheap and can be obtained from most construction or hardware stores.
Energy savings cost: up to £100 per year
Install energy-saving shower heads
Energy-efficient showerheads restrict the volume of water flowing through them, without reducing pressure.
This means that less energy is needed to heat the water. If every family member reduces their shower time by one minute, it will have an impact on energy bills.
Energy saving cost: Up to £30 per year off energy bill / £45 per year off water bill.
Martin Ballantyne concluded: “Other small changes families can make to save on their energy bills include ensuring that electrical items are turned off when not in use and not left on standby, and boil water only to the extent required rather than a full kettle each time, using the setting eco on one of the appliances, and lower the temperature to 30 degrees, or even lower, when using the washer.
“At RGB we have a range of products that can help the family lower utility bills by saving energy and we are happy to advise.”
* Savings are for the average household energy bill. Energy savings costs depend on the size of the family and the property.