Sim­ple ways to save on en­ergy bills this Spring

Belfast Telegraph - Propertynews - - News -

APRIL is Home Im­prove­ment Month and while we will all be hop­ing to turn the heat down a notch or two soon there are some steps you can take to help re­duce your en­ergy bill.

OFTEC Ire­land, which rep­re­sents the do­mes­tic oil heat­ing and solid fuel in­dus­try, has put to­gether this use­ful guide to mark Home Im­prove­ment Month with tips for sav­ing money while mak­ing your home more com­fort­able.

• Switch to a con­dens­ing boiler – with at least 18% more ef­fi­ciency than a stan­dard oil boiler, this could save you hun­dreds of pounds a year.

• Turn the dial – With spring ap­proach­ing, re­view your heat set­tings as re­duc­ing the time the boiler is on for saves money.

• Sep­a­rate hot wa­ter – a sim­ple ‘ S’ sys­tem (a 2 port valve) will save you money, heat­ing wa­ter only in the sum­mer and ra­di­a­tors and hot wa­ter in the win­ter.

• Room stat – add a room ther­mo­stat to con­trol your heat­ing eas­ily and save money.

• Switch to en­ergy sav­ing light bulbs – switch to com­pact flu­o­res­cent lamps (CFLS) as they use a frac­tion of the elec­tric­ity and last up to 10 times longer.

• Close doors and cur­tains – the sim­plest mea­sures can lead to ma­jor en­ergy sav­ings.

• In­su­late your pipes – in­stall lag­ging around your home heat­ing and wa­ter pipes to in­su­late them.

To find your near­est OFTEC Reg­is­tered Tech­ni­cian, visit http://www.oftec.org

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