We all like to save money now and again – and one of the best ways to do so is to ensure your home has an energy efficient central heating system. With energy prices predicted to rise by a staggering 54% there’s never been a better time to ensure your heating is in good working order.

Here’s how.

How to ensure your home is energy and cost-efficient

1.Shop around for the best deal with different energy and gas suppliers 

Whilst not strictly to do with your boiler, shopping around for the best deal is likely to save you some serious cash. Although it takes a little time to check out what’s around, by taking the time to look for lower energy tariffs at reputable companies, you can save yourself a lot of money in the long run. 

2.Install insulation 

If you want to keep your energy bills low, installing insulation will help you save money by reducing the heat lost through your roof or walls. By draft-proofing your home and installing pipe insulation, roof insulation and double glazing, you’ll reduce the heat lost. If your home loses less heat, you won’t need to crank up your heating as often.

3.Choose the right thermostats

Having an accurate thermostat will help you accurately track the temperature of your heating system. Although you may be tempted to use a traditional thermometer, these can be much less reliable – not to mention they’re often made with the dangerous substance mercury!

Using a digital thermometer allows you to accurately track the temperature of your heating system, so you know the exact temperature and when the heating needs to be turned on or off – saving you valuable money.

4.Ensure your radiators are working optimally

Unless you’re lucky enough to have underfloor heating, the humble radiator is responsible for emitting heat into your home. If your radiator is only working at 70% capacity, you could be losing as much as 30% of your energy – which really adds up! To increase the efficiency of your radiators, it’s important to bleed them regularly. You can check if your radiator needs bleeding by touching them, if you find they’re cold at the top, it will need bleeding.  

By letting excess air out of your radiators, you can get the most out of them. 

5.Get a new boiler 

If you’ve had your current boiler for a while, there’s a chance it could be time for a new one. To save money in the long run, a modern condensing boiler is best. 

Final thoughts

Although energy prices may be soaring, the good news is that by making a few simple changes, you too can save money on your energy bills. By bleeding and maintaining your radiators regularly to shopping around, insulating your home and investing in an accurate digital thermometer, you too can make your home as energy-efficient and eco-friendly as possible.