Big Energy Saving Week is a yearly campaign that occurs every January. Run by Citizens Advice and the Energy Saving Trust, it aims to encourage people to find new ways to minimise their energy usage and reduce their carbon footprint, raising public awareness for a more efficient future. With the boiler ban on the horizon and the UK government pledging net zero carbon emissions by 2050, this campaign acts as a great step in the right direction – motivating the public to get involved and make certain lifestyle changes, no matter how small. So, how can this help with your heating and what can you do to lower those household bills? We’ve got the answers.
How to reduce your heating bills
The Big Energy Saving Week is the perfect opportunity to take a step back and reassess how you’re using the heating in your home. So, let’s look at the top 5 things you can do to reduce your energy bills.
1. Draught-proof your home
As one of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve the efficiency in your property, draught-proofing is an obvious solution. In many cases, you won’t have to shell out for a contractor as this is usually a simple DIY task, plus according to Energy Saving Trust, there’s potential for you to save up to £30 a year alone on blocking any unwanted gaps around your property. As an extra benefit, draught-proofing not only prevents cold air from circulating, but also helps to reduce the chances of damp and mould settling, avoiding any further problems down the line that may be difficult and expensive. Ultimately, you’ll use less energy trying to heat your home as warmth has less chance of escaping, which can also lead to lower running costs.
2. Switch energy providers
Your energy tariff could be one of the things hindering you, especially if you’ve been on the same one for years, so it might be worth having a look at the alternatives out there. You don’t have to commit to switching, but by shopping around you may be able find a better, cheaper deal elsewhere, saving you a lot of money in the long run.
3. Turn your heating off altogether
When possible, you can always switch to the tried-and-trusted way of reducing your energy bills – by turning your heating off entirely. It’s sounds obvious, but many of us can fall guilty of leaving the heating on even when it isn’t needed. This may not work for the colder months but could certainly be a money-saver during the summer. Even leaving your radiators on standby mode can increase those heating bills, so by switching them off completely, you can rest assured that your money isn’t being wasted.
Most modern radiators come with some form of advanced controllability, whether it’s simple thermostatic control or something more intuitive like smart heat management. By programming your heating, you can better maintain the energy usage in your home, ensuring warmth is only being used when it’s needed. Here are some of the most common energy-saving features found in our range of electric heating solutions:
- Precision digital thermostat: many of our electric heaters come with integrated thermostats accurate to as much as ±0.5 °C, which means they can maintain your desired heat level without fluctuating from your set temperature. As a result, energy isn’t lost on under or overheating a space. Some electric radiators like the Technotherm KS DSM are even as accurate to ±0.1 °C, for highly precise control.
- 24/7 programming: set up a personalised heating schedule, tailored specifically to your needs, so you don’t end up heating a space unnecessarily. If you have multiple electric heaters with this function, you can program a different schedule per room, increasing efficiency throughout your property – this way you avoid wasting energy on less-frequented rooms.
- Energy usage statistics: this allows you to see how you use your heating, giving precise readings on your energy consumption so you can make changes that help to increase efficiency and reduce running costs.
- Open window detection: senses any sudden drop in temperature and switches your heating to a lower, energy-saving level until a more stable temperature is detected. This prevents you from losing heat to any open doors of windows.
One of the best ways you can stay in command of your energy consumption is through smart control. Intuitive and easy to use, smart heating gives you a more advanced level of programming, so that you can keep on top of how the heating in your property is being used. Offering greater scope to trim your heating bills, many smart electric radiators come with WiFi app control, which allows you to manage your heating on the go, enabling quick and simple changes no matter where you are in the world. Effortlessly make temperature adjustments and access a range of efficient functions, all through your smartphone. So, even if you accidentally leave your radiators on, you can use a compatible app on your phone to switch them off remotely, minimising energy waste. Smart electric heating is not only kinder to your wallet, but to the environment too.
Save energy with electric heating
Big Energy Saving Week is your chance to start making those necessary lifestyle changes towards a greener future and with gas prices continuing to rise, many people are already turning to alternative heating solutions. If you’re considering making the switch to something more efficient, electric heating might just be the answer. It’s 100% efficient at point of use, converting every watt taken from the wall into usable heat and when paired with renewable energy sources, it becomes a completely carbon neutral system. Easy to install and featuring a wealth of energy-saving functions, electric is the perfect choice for an environmentalist or for those simply trying to find new ways to be cost-effective and more efficient with their heating.