Households could save around £250 a year by introducing energy efficient measures into the home. One of these savings providers that people often overlook is in their central heating system, even though heating accounts for about 60% of our annual energy bills. Huge improvements in electric central heating and renewable energy technology, now means that electric heating are one of the most efficient ways to heat your home. And if you still have electric storage heaters then even bigger savings can be made of several hundred pounds a year on your energy bills. Here are Intelli Heat top five big savers:
- Switch it off: Leaving all your appliances on standby – or keeping them on when not using them – costs UK households around £40 a year on average, according to the Energy Saving Trust. Although new models are much more energy efficient, remember to unplug older inefficient equipment to cut this down.
- Get energy Saving Light bulbs: Lighting your home accounts for 18% of the average person’s electricity bill so it’s easy to see how savings can add up. Remember to turn off lights in rooms you are not using. For each light bulb replaced with an energy-saving equivalent you can save around £9 per year!
- Insulate Get some some draught-proofing products for doors and windows, seal your skirting boards with silicone sealant, and fit a chimney draught excluder or sealed fire guards. These jobs don’t take long, and DIY draught-proofing of windows, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards can cost around £200, but can save between £25 to £45 a year. You could save up to £140 a year if your loft isn’t insulated at all, by installing 270mm of insulation. Topping up existing insulation from 120mm to 270mm can save around £15 a year.
- Make your own electricity with Solar (PV) Panels While the Feed-in-Tariff for solar PV panels is going down, the average cost for electricity is going up. In addition, the cost of panels is going down which means that now can be a great time to invest in solar PV. A typical 4kWP panel could generate and save you £755 per year. The Energy Saving Trust recommends getting quotes from at least three MCS accredited installers.
- Get an efficient and effective Electric heating system We spend over 60% of our energy bills each year on heating our homes, but not always us. The average cost to heat a home in the UK has soared to over £800 a year. For those with Oil, LPG or Storage Heaters, that cost is well over £1000 a year. Even more concerning is the fact that as other house technology has become more efficient, heating the home still remains many years behind. We still only have one thermostat in most homes, which is usually by the door. We still heat all of the rooms in the house, even though we may only be using one or two of them. This needs to change, and Intelli Heat have been leading the revolution to bring central heating into the 21st century for the last 10 years. Their electric central heating systems can save users up to 35% each year (a whopping £350) on top of the other savings to be made. Their electric radiator range are beautifully designed and easy to install, they just need a wall and a plug point. They only heat the rooms you are in, not the ones you are not thanks to their advanced sensor and thermostat system, and each room or zone can be monitored and controlled via a simple controller or an app for the more technically minded. Their Needo and Cali Vanti range of electric radiators are also extremely kind to the environment, as they are made of 80% recycled materials, and ethically manufactured in Italy.
Electric heating is the present and the future, as natural resources deplete making them prohibitively expensive, and renewable sources of energy such as Solar Panels become more common and even more subsidised by the government, in order to meet UK requirements for energy consumption by 2020.