Radiators in homes up and down the country will be humming soon, as winter fast approaches. Make sure that your home is not a victim of unnecessary energy costs. Keep your bills down this winter and improve your standard of living by following these few tips:
One of the primary reasons for high energy expenses is the loss of heat by appliances. Your radiator, on the other hand, is designed to lose heat. However, if your radiator is old, perhaps even pre-dating your residence in your home, it may need to be replaced. Investing in a new radiator will be an added expense now, but it will save you money in the long term. New radiators can be purchased at a reasonable cost and installed with a minimum of fuss.
Insulate Your Hot Water Cylinder
A typical hot water cylinder loses an amount of heat per week capable of heating twenty baths. This is due to the poor insulation of the boiler. Have a look at your boiler: it if was installed in your house many years ago, it may need extra thermal protection. You can purchase a 3-inch jacket which fits around the cylinder, which will cut the weekly heat loss by as much as 70%. You can also save money by only switching on the heater an hour or so before the hot water is needed. Or perhaps try taking a cooler shower. Heated towel rails allow you to dry off with a nice hot towel, which can be just as refreshing as a hot shower.
Take a Shower
Filling the bath wastes six times as much water as taking a shower. If you have not installed a shower in your bathroom, it will be worth the savings in the long run to install one. Not only are showers more refreshing than a bath, they are more convenient and energy efficient, too. It is far more expensive to fill the bath than to take a shower as needed. Take a bath only every so often, when you want to relax, rather than every day. Many showers now on the market, including mixers and electric showers, can be installed in your home quickly.
These are just a few of the suggestions you might follow to increase your energy efficiency and assure your comfort this winter. Do consider making one-time investments in upgraded equipment, such as new radiators, in exchange for the savings and service they will bring you in the years to come.