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5 tips to save money on energy bills!

With the 1 st of April energy price hike now taking effect, heating expert, Alpha, shares home energy saving tips to help save on household bills – and considers the habits you can adopt now to protect against further price rises when the energy price cap comes to an end on 1 st October 2022.


Jonathan Kidner, Product Engineer at Alpha, explains: “In order to create comfort in your

home without wasting energy and money, there are many useful steps you can take. Here are our expert tips, from looking after your boiler and using heating economically to introducing small, every-day habits, that will make big difference to your energy bills over the long term.”


1. Look after your boiler and it will look after you

More than half of what you spend annually on energy typically goes on heating so ensure

your boiler is always running efficiently by having it regularly serviced. This will help maintain its performance and help prevent it breaking down. It is recommended that services are carried out once a year and always by a Gas Safe registered engineer.


2. Establish good home heating habits

One of the best ways to heat your home economically is to learn how to control the settings

of your heating system so it delivers the optimum temperature for your lifestyle and comfort

level, while ensuring you only use the energy you need. From simple plug-in mechanical

clocks to versatile remote timers there are a range of controls available for today’s high

efficiency boilers.


In addition, think about what room temperature you normally set and reduce it by just 1ºC –

you won’t notice any difference and you can cut heating bills by up to £75 a year in a typical

home.


To help, we have created an online checklist that you can carry out in your home to ensure

your heating system is running as efficiently as possible.


3. Maximise efficiency of your radiators

Bleeding radiators helps to release air that has become trapped inside, which improves the

overall efficiency of your heating system. If you have thermostatic radiator valves, turn them

down or off in rooms that are not regularly used so you’re not paying for heat you don’t need.


Other tips to consider include using radiator reflectors to bounce heat back into the room,

keeping furniture away from radiators and avoiding drying clothes directly on or in front of

heaters.


4. Optimise the efficiency of household appliances

We have so many appliances in our homes that run 24/7, so a little bit of regular

maintenance will ensure they are working as efficiently as possible. For example, regularly

defrosting your freezer and checking fridge and freezer door seals aren’t damaged, will

prevent those appliances having to work harder than necessary.


Also, be mindful when directly using appliances – don’t leave your fridge open longer than

required and only boil as much water as you need in your kettle. Little changes can add up

to significant savings over time.


5. Switch appliances off when not is use

Finally, avoid leaving appliances on standby as they can consume up to 75% of the energy

they use when switched on. Also, try and get into the habit of switching lights off when you

leave a room and turning off computers when not in use. Unplug or turn off chargers even if

they are not plugged into a device.


For further information about Alpha, visit alpha-innovation.co.uk