Rainy days, freezing temperatures and icy winds are just some of the challenging weather heading our way over the next few months.
Many of us will combat the arctic conditions by cosying up indoors, inevitably resulting in a winter spike in fuel bills.
But research suggests many people are actually overheating their homes, which could be adding at least £1.4 billion to annual energy bills.
Being heating savvy is a double whammy – customers reduce rising energy bills and plumbing and heating engineers can pick up more work.
Smart heating tips: Get the most bang for your buck when it comes to winter heating:
Turn down the heat – Turning the thermostat down by just 1⁰C can decrease your energy bill by 10%, saving around £60 per year.
Let the sunshine in – when the sun shines, throw back the drapes and let the rays warm your house – just don’t forget to draw them again when the sun goes down; thick, well-lined curtains can be excellent insulators.
Wrap your house up warm – cavity wall insulation can potentially save around 15% on fuel bills, approximately £98 per year. Heat rises, so loft insulation is also a must, giving average savings of £128 per year.
Switch to save – homeowners can save around £200 – maybe even more – by comparing the best energy deals on the market and switching to the most suitable and cost efficient tariff.
Be energy aware – Energy monitors are small table top devices that help you discover how much energy you’re using in your home and how much it’s costing. The Energy Saving Trust estimate a 5% – 15% reduction in energy usage in the first year of using an energy monitor – in money terms that a saving of £25 to £75 on a £500 bill.
Heating controls – is it better to run heating constantly at a low temperature or turn it off and on as required? It’s one of the most debated heating topics, and an area where customers will appreciate their heating engineer’s expert advice.
If your customers can benefit from an installation or a tweak of their settings, it’s a win-win situation:
- Room thermostats – to save energy and money, set to the lowest comfortable temperature, typically 18 – 21⁰C. Thermostats do not need to be turned up when it’s colder outside, they will heat the house to the set temperature regardless.
- Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) – advise your customers to fit TRVs if they don’t already have them, allowing different temperatures to be set in different rooms.
- Boiler thermostats – controlling the temperature of the water pumped from the boiler through the radiators will help with efficiency.
- Cylinder thermostats – if hot water is heated in a cylinder, prevent energy being wasted by heating the required amount of hot water to the perfect temperature – usually between 60 – 65⁰C
- Smart heating controls – the newest developments in heating control technology allow homeowners to manage their heating remotely from their smart phones, tablet or computer.
Of course, boilers and heating systems should be serviced regularly and your customers will appreciate a gentle reminder to make sure their systems are running safely and efficiently.
While you’re there, why not suggest other ways your customers can make savings? It shows your professionality and knowledge, and demonstrates the complete service you provide, helping you to win more work.