Yes, it’s that time of year again… Chilly nights, rising fuel bills and it won’t be long before I get the first phone calls concerning dampness! Many energy providers have announced price rises, and it is now estimated that the average ‘dual fuel’ standard tariff will rise by more than 7% from this September. Now is the time to take steps to freeze your energy bills.
Until recently I had not changed my energy provider for several years, I was concerned that the effort involved was onerous, I had the fear of disruption to supplies. The time came when I was switched to a dearer ‘standard variable tariff’, and I made my move. It was very straight forward and I estimate my cost savings to be about £200.00 per year.
There are many price comparison web sites where one can find better energy deals including Uswitch, go compare, money supermarket and others.
In my efforts to reduce fuel costs I arranged for a smart meter to be installed…Its a very simple procedure and the actual installation only took a couple of hours and was entirely painless. I can now quantify energy usage in real time.and it does concentrate the mind!
Boilers should be maintained on an annual basis both for safety and efficiency. Expect to pay about £100.00 excluding parts for this service.
Upgrade the central heating system with thermostatically controlled radiator valves and while you are in the mindset, investigate the costs of replacing an older boiler with a more modern and efficient condensing unit…likely cost about £2000.00.
Energy efficiency is of paramount importance. Ensure that roof insulation is adequate (a minimum of 10 inches of fibre glass or the equivalent) should be laid over or between the ceiling joists. Insulate the upper surface of the loft access hatch. Insulate and cover water tanks, insulate plumbing within the roof, consider the installation of cavity wall insulation, replace any single glazed windows with double glazing.
An energy performance certificate (EPC) prepared by a trained inspector will cost in the order of £80.00 and will advise on the actual energy usage, and potential energy savings.