Everyone knows that this time of year is an expensive one. With Christmas around the corner, and most of us confined to our homes during lockdown, there is even more chance that your energy bills are likely to be more expensive than ever this year.
However, in an effort to help all of our customers across Caerphilly, Blackwood, Abergavenny, Risca, Pontypool and Cardiff save some extra cash, SJL Plumbing and Heating have provided a few top tips to reduce your gas bill this Christmas.
Switch energy supplier
We’ve placed this suggestion at the top because it is more likely to save you the most money in the long-term; switch energy supplier. People are often reluctant to switch supplier because they fear that the process is either too complicated or not worth the hassle.
However, energy suppliers cannot afford for the process to be complicated in fear of losing customers at the first hurdle, but we can definitely promise that the benefits of switching are worthwhile. In some cases you can make annual savings totalling hundreds of pounds. To find out more about how to switch energy supplier, or if you have any questions about how to do so, then get in touch!
Get your boiler serviced
By getting your boiler serviced at least once a year, you can guarantee that it is operating at its optimum running efficiency and therefore delivering the results that your money is paying for. Not to forget, a regular boiler service can reduce the potential of a breakdown by highlighting problems early on, which might otherwise result in the need for a very costly repair. We offer boiler services in Caerphilly, and the surrounding areas such as Blackwood, Abergavenny, Risca, Pontypool and Cardiff.
Close doors throughout your home
Close the doors of rooms that are not in use and restrict the heat into a smaller area. You will notice a huge difference. Whilst your there, turn the radiators off in the rooms that you have closed, there’s little point in heating them if nobody is going to be using them.
Use tin foil on radiators
Admittedly, placing tin foil behind radiators might look a little odd, especially to visiting family members and friends, but it works. The tin foil will reflect the heat that is otherwise wasted on heating your walls. You can use generic household kitchen foil or you can purchase genuine heat reflecting foil from a local DIY store, built exactly for this purpose; hence the results are slightly better.
Bleed your radiators
If your radiators have cold spots, you could possibly benefit from giving them a bleed. The process is relatively straightforward. You can purchase a bleed key from most DIY stores and all you need to do is wait for the hissing noise to pass, which is the sound of gas being released from the system. This will allow you to reduce your gas bill because you will no longer need to increase the temperature on your thermostat in an attempt to squeeze out heat from tiny warm spots.
If you have any exposed copper piping, place pipe-lagging around the entire pipe. The extra insulation will reduce the amount of heat escaping from your pipe and keep the warm water inside warmer, for longer. Again, pipe-lagging can be purchased from most DIY stores.
Here at SJL Plumbing and Heating we’re specialists in all things boiler-related. If you have any questions regarding your central heating, or are concerned that you might need a repair, please get in touch. You can fill out a form on our contact page or you can give us a call on 07772 028424.