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From tiny adjustments to long-term investments, there are plenty of ways you can look to reduce the amount of gas and electricity you use at home.
Household appliances must have an official energy efficiency rating. This information can be found at the shop or on the website you buy the product from. EU regulated, the ratings start at A+++ (meaning they are the most energy efficient) and descend to D (the least energy efficient).
Choosing an appliance with an A rating or higher should mean your item uses a low amount of energy while still functioning well. This should result in lower gas and electricity bills.
So, whether you’re shopping for something small, like a kettle, or purchasing a major appliance, such as a fridge-freezer, do some research on which will cost you more at the plug before you buy.
Your central heating boiler, pipes and if you have one, tank serve your entire house, making them a key part of improving the energy efficiency of your home. An old, inefficient boiler is not only at risk of breaking down, but it could also be wasteful in terms of energy.
Consider upgrading your current boiler if it’s old or has a low energy efficiency rating. Combi boilers can be a great, energy efficient choice for smaller homes, while system boilers, which are more suitable for larger properties, are also designed to save energy. Annual servicing by an accredited engineer should help you to avoid any major boiler issues, as well as ensure everything is still running efficiently.
Insulating jackets are also available for boiler tanks and major pipes, which could help keep your hot water at temperature between the boiler and its destination – lowering the chances that the energy your boiler used will go to waste. It can also reduce the risk of pipes freezing in winter, which may mean your boiler shuts down.
Heat in your home may be lost through the roof, as well as the walls. That means your central heating will need to work to replace it, which could be hugely inefficient. Insulation for your roof and walls is a basic way to reduce heat loss.
As a priority, start with your loft. There are a few types of insulation available, depending on the size and shape of your loft, which can either be installed by yourself or a professional.
Your walls might be insulated already – if your house was built during the 1990s or later, for example. If they aren’t, investing in professional insulation may require a large upfront cost, but could save you a small fortune in energy bills over time.
Smaller insulation fixes are easier and quicker to implement:
All things that could mean you’ll feel warmer so you have the heating on less, and burn through less gas or electricity as a result.
Simple habits like turning off lights when leaving a room, switching appliances off at the wall rather than leaving them on stand-by, and turning your heating down by one degree will help you to save in the long run – and it’s so easy to do!
Similarly, when filling up your kettle, only use the amount of water you need; the kettle isn’t spending longer warming water you don’t need, saving on energy.
Using less energy isn’t complicated. From small changes to significant investments, you can make your home more energy efficient, which means you could help the environment and could save a bundle on your bills!
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 Online discount is available to domestic gas and LPG customers who receive an online quote for all boiler brands excluding Vokera. Discount will be applied as long as the quoted price is still applicable at the point of sale.
Online discounted price is only available for the duration of the 14-day quote validity which starts from the day the quote was given.
Offer is not available to Help-Link UK Ltd employees.
Online discount can be applied as follows:
All boiler manufacturer types excluding Vokera are eligible for a 5% discount off the final quoted price. Conventional to combi boiler swaps also qualify for an additional £50 discount after 5% initial discount is applied.
This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.
Offer available from April 2017. Any boiler quotations before this date will not be eligible for the discount post purchase. Help-Link UK Ltd have the right to withdraw or change the offer at any time.
Online discount is automatically applied when the customer gets a quote using the online quote system at www.help-link.co.uk and as long as the customer meets all the above criteria.
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