Help & Advice
With the hike in energy prices and homeowners becoming more climate conscious, many of us are looking for alternative ways to lead eco-friendly lives. Small steps can make a big difference in reducing our environmental impact, particularly when it comes to energy use in our homes. In turn, this can significantly lower energy bills, so you’re saving money and helping to save the planet at the same time!
If you’ve been left wondering what causes a high gas bill and how you can lower yours, follow the five simple steps in this article to reap the benefits of smarter living.
The following minor changes in your daily routine can go a long way in helping cut down the amount of energy you use:
Insulation plays a very important role in lowering energy bills as it keeps your home warm in the winter and cooler in the summer, significantly reducing heat loss throughout your property.
Pipework insulation also keeps your water hotter for longer, so you use less energy heating it up – less wasted energy means less wasted money! Areas throughout your home that can be insulated include:
Double glazed windows are also a highly efficient way of reducing heat loss in your home. As the name suggests, they feature two panes of glass within a sealed unit that prevents air from passing through. Most properties these days have double glazed windows fitted, however, some older homes may still have single glazed windows which do not have the same heat retention qualities as double or triple glazed windows. In fact, it has been reported that up to 70% of heat is lost through single glazed windows, so homes with these fitted should seriously consider upgrading.
Your boiler needs to be serviced every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer to ensure that it is working at maximum efficiency. During a service, the engineer will be able to detect any problems with your boiler before they escalate into major issues such as a breakdown. Checking whether your boiler is operating at full capacity will determine how much energy it’s really using to generate heating and hot water. Simply put, the more efficient your boiler is, the less fuel it will need to provide hot water and heating for your home, meaning the lower your energy bills will be.
If the engineer deems your boiler to be low efficiency, they will recommend a replacement – upgrading to a new modern combi boiler can save you between 20 – 35% on your gas bills,so it’s well worth the investment and you won’t have to wait long to see a return!
Technological advancements have enabled us to run a more efficient home. The convenience of a smart thermostat is second to none, allowing you to adjust the temperature in your home from a smart device while you’re at work, at the gym or even on holiday. You are able to track exactly how much gas you are using and can programme the thermostats throughout your home, setting different timers and temperatures depending on when you require it – that way, you’re not spending money on heating when you don’t need it.
While it may not seem obvious, there are likely areas in your home that are letting in draughts. Windows, doors, loft hatches and floorboards are some of the areas where heat can escape. Fortunately, there are some quick and easy fixes for this – quality sealant, adhesive foam steps and curtains with a thermal lining to name just a few.
If you have been affected by rising gas prices and energy costs, Pacifica offers a comprehensive range of services to help lower your bills. For gas repairs, boiler installations, insulation fittings and everything in between, we are a one-stop-shop for all gas work. We also offer repair and care monthly home appliance cover that provides ongoing maintenance and support to our customers nationwide, including immediate repairs when needed, which is particularly invaluable during the winter months.
Simply contact us today to find out more or to book an appointment.