Conserve Heating controls
With fuel prices rising, it is vitally important to have the correct heating control system. These simple devices will make sure that your home stays at a comfortable even temperature, ensure that you spend less on your heating bills and also reduce your carbon dioxide emissions.
If your home is heated by a ‘wet heating system’ (one that has a boiler and radiators) you should make sure that you have a full set of correctly working heating controls. These include a room thermostat which turns the heating on until the room reaches the temperature you have set, and then off until the temperature drops, a timer or programmer which automatically switches your heating on or off as required, a boiler thermostat which sets the temperature of the water that will be pumped from the boiler through the radiators to heat your home, and that each radiator is fitted with a thermostatic radiator valve (TRVs) to enable you to adjust the temperature of each radiator accordingly.
These controls will let you set your heating and hot water to come on and off when you need it, decide how warm you want each room to be and heat the areas of your home that you use the most.
The energy trust estimates that the average savings you could make in a typical three-bedroom semi-detached home, heated by gas are :
- Installing and correctly using a room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves could save £70-£150 and 310kg to 630kg carbon dioxide a year.
- Fit a hot water tank insulation jacket: £20 to £30 and 90kg - 130kg carbon dioxide a year.
- You can also make savings by using your controls more effectively:
- Turn down your room thermostat by one degree: save around £75 and 310kg carbon dioxide a year.
Heating controls Advantages
- Your heating system will be fully automated so will switch itself on and off depending on your needs.
- Because your heating system is more efficient you will be using less fuel.
- Installing and correctly using a room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves could save you between £70 to £150 per year.
- Installing and correctly using a room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves could reduce your C02 emissions by 310kg to 630kg a year.
- A registered electrician and plumber can upgrade or install heating controls without even replacing your existing boiler.
You can get grants for Heating controls, below are the schemes this is available with.
* According to data sourced from the Energy Saving Trust website.