We don’t often think about our heating during the summer months, but it’s a time when we really should. It’s very easy to leave the heating on its normal setting from spring into summer and waste valuable energy. Here are a few tips to help you save money on your energy bills in summer.
Reset your thermostat
There are a couple of things to consider here – not only the temperature that it’s set too, but also the on-off times. It won’t be as cold in the mornings or evenings as it is in winter. Of course, you could also consider turning it off completely and only switching your heating on when you notice the cold.
The Energy Saving Trust has lots of useful information for homeowners to help them understand their existing systems, as well as tips on how to save energy.
Make sure your boiler is serviced
An inefficient boiler can really ramp up the cost of your energy bills, so it’s important to have it serviced annually by a Gas Safe trained engineer. It’s useful to have this done during the summer months, so that if it needs repair or replacement, you can have the work completed without having to worry about being freezing cold if you’re without your boiler for a couple of days.
If you are looking to replace your existing boiler, you should make sure that the supplier you choose is Gas Safe trained. Companies like HPR Services (http://www.hprservicesltd.com) have been providing boiler installation in Cheltenham and surrounding areas for several years.
Most appliances, nowadays, can be controlled using your smartphone, and your heating is no different. This technology means that if you install a smart thermostat, you can control your heating remotely. So, if the weather improves while you’re at work, you can turn the temperature down or switch the heating off entirely.
There are a number of smart thermostats on the market today and it’s worth doing some research before you choose one to ensure that it meets your needs.
You can also invest in a smart meter, which will help you to identify where you’re using the most energy and can also alert you to an inefficient boiler or other appliance. Your energy provider will often be able to supply and fit one in your home free of charge.