Money saving tip could save you £300 a year on your energy bills ‘Anyone can do it’ | Personal Finance | Finance
The experts at Energy Guide spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about the savings people can reap from reducing the flow temperature on their boilers. They said it’s so simple anyone can do it and it could save the typical household up to £300 a year on their energy bills.
Saving money on energy bills is high on the agenda for millions of people this year as energy prices are around three times higher than last year.
The price cap will now not exceed £2,500 but that’s for households on typical usage – so it could be more than this if people aren’t careful.
However, by taking five minutes to reduce the temperature to 50°C on their condensing combi boilers, households can save up to eight percent on their gas bill, which adds up to around £300 a year.
Energy Guide spokesperson Jennifer Warren said: “One such step people can immediately take is to reduce the boiler flow temperature on their boilers.”
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The boiler experts shared step-by-step instructions for people who have boilers with dials:
“Most combi boilers come with dials, one for heating and the other for hot water. Some boilers also come with only one dial which is meant to control heating flow temperature. The dials are either numbered or have dashed lines.
“The flow temperature in most boilers operates between 30°C to 80°C. If you work it out manually, 55°C will be halfway which will be number
three on a dial that has numbers from one to six.
“Some boilers have ‘e’ on the dial which stands for economy. If you’re setting your boiler to use the economy mode, you are typically setting it to operate at 65°C.”
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The energy experts also recommended a couple of other tips to help Britons stay warm this winter.
Draughtproofing and ensuring the home is well insulated are two of the most effective things people can do to reduce heat loss.
Ms Warren added: “The best part is that these two tactics are relatively cheap to execute, have a range of DIY options available and in some cases
government funding to assist you in making the green home upgrades.
“For example, in an uninsulated home, a quarter of heat can be lost via the roof alone, which means you are likely to need to keep the heating on for longer to keep your home’s temperature comfortable.”