No matter how you heat your home, raising energy costs can take a large bite out of your budget when the temperatures plummet. Fortunately, there are several ways you can help reduce the cost of your energy bills. Here are four tips for reducing your energy costs when using heating oil to keep your home comfortable during the winter months.
Replace Your Boiler
If you have an old boiler, especially one that needs to be repaired more frequently, it may be time to consider replacing it. Although new boilers are not cheap, the more they break down, the more money you spend on repairs. New boilers are more energy efficient, so you will save money compared to the costs of heating your home and paying for boiler repairs.
Replace Heating Controls
An inexpensive way to save on rising heating oil prices is to update the heating controls for your home. New controls are much more accurate, and the typical household can save £80 to £165 a year by replacing them. There are five types of heating controls used to help regulate the temperature in your home:
- Timer – This allows you to set your boiler to turn off or on at a certain time
- Room Thermostat – It measures the temperature of the rooms in your home and makes adjustments to the boiler based on the readings
- Thermostatic Radar Valve – It is used to change the temperature or turn off a radiator
- Programmer – Allows you to change the temperature of the boiler at different times of the day
- Smart Heating System – It allows for temperature adjustments to be done via an app
A smart heating system is the most expensive type of heating control, costing about £200. However, using it can save approximately £150 per year, so it will easily pay for itself in just a couple of winters.
Lowering the Thermostat
By lowering the temperature of your thermostat one degree, you can keep your home comfortable and also save money. This suggestion doesn’t cost anything to implement and can help you save about £85 a year. To find a comfortable room temperature, set the thermostat at 18° C and turn it up one degree per day to find the temperature you like. Find the correct setting before the weather gets too cold so you don’t freeze trying to find the best temperature for your household.
Install Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans will help circulate the warm air throughout your house if you install them in the living areas and bedrooms. As hot air rises, the ceiling fan will push it back down and move it throughout your house so you will be more comfortable. Ceiling fans are not costly to operate, and they will allow you to have your thermostat at a lower setting to help save on heating oil costs.
There are several other ways you can make your house or apartment more energy efficient to lower the costs of your energy bills. However, these suggestions are a good way to start saving money.