Heating your home efficiently

Heating your home efficiently
Fact Sheet 1 - Insulation and Heating
Heating your
home efficiently
Fact Sheet 1 - Insulation and Heating
Heating Your Home
A central heating timer programmer
A timer programmer helps you control when your heating
and/or hot water system turns on. If you already have one,
Heating your home efficiently simply means you are wasting
but do not currently fully understand how to operate it,
less energy. This is important to cut your bills, keep warm
please contact us for help.
and healthy and reduce your impact on the environment.
Make sure your home is well insulated (to reduce heat loss)
A room thermostat
and the heating system you have is controlled in the best way
(to reduce heat wastage).
If you do not already have a room thermostat, it would be
worth considering. If you set your thermostat to the most
Heating systems
comfortable setting for you, between 18-21ºC, you will
maintain a healthy temperature in the home, without wasting
Different types of heating vary in efficiency and cost. If you
energy, as the boiler does not need to be on all the time.
are considering a new heating system, we can advise you on
Turning your thermostat down by 1ºC could cut around £50
the main types available and give you an idea of typical
from your heating bills, while still keeping your home warm.
running costs for those types of heating. This could help you
to choose a system that is suited to your needs.
Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs)
These are individual thermostats that can be fitted to
radiators and allow you to control the temperature in
If your boiler is over fifteen years old, it probably isn’t very
different areas of the home. You may wish to turn on your
efficient and so may be costing a lot to run. Boilers are
central heating and yet not need to heat the entire home. The
expensive to replace, typically between £2000 and £4000, so
TRVs work by detecting the air temperature and controlling
we only recommend changing it if your boiler has developed a
the flow of hot water into the radiators to maintain the
fault or breaks down. However, typically around 60% of the
temperature level they are set to. TRVs are generally not
energy used in your home is for heating and another 20% for
expensive (from £10 each) and can be fitted by a heating
hot water, so there are big savings to be made through
engineer or someone with good DIY skills.
upgrading to a highly efficient condensing boiler.
Boiler and hot water tank thermostats
Condensing boilers are now the standard replacement for
your old boiler. These use around a third less fuel. You could
If you have a thermostat on your boiler for your hot water, or
save up to £130 a year by upgrading your boiler and if you add
one on your hot water cylinder, set them to 60ºC to ensure
a full heating controls package (as detailed below) you could
that your water is sufficiently hot, yet without wasting energy.
make annual savings of around £250 in total.
Don’t set your thermostat any lower than 60ºC, to avoid risks
from bacteria build up.
Condensing boilers are the ideal first step to making your
heating system more energy efficient. However, not many of
Economy 7 storage heating controls
us are in a financial position to be able to replace a working
boiler simply to make it more efficient. There are other, low
A storage heater takes in electricity overnight when it is
cost ways to make your heating system more energy efficient.
cheapest (Economy 7) and stores it as heat which can be
released during the following day. The heater case is highly
Using Heating Controls
insulated and, together with a special damper at the top of
the heater, is designed to release heat evenly throughout the
Using your heating controls effectively will help to keep your
day. Please see the separate leaflet on controlling storage
room temperature comfortable and also reduce unnecessary
heating that costs money.
Improving Insulation:
You can reduce your bills and keep your home warmer by
insulating your home better. Insulation makes the most of
the heat that you have already produced, by trapping it within
the house. Contact us to find out about what help you can get
for insulation works.
There are grants available for help with insulating every home
with loft and cavity wall insulation. The government backed
CERT scheme makes grants of at least 50% of the costs
available to each household for installing each measure.
Householders over 70 years of age or those receiving certain
benefits are entitled to free installation of both measures
(subject to maximum wall or loft areas).
Cavity Wall Insulation
• Up to one third of heat is lost through uninsulated walls in
your home.
• Cavity wall insulation is injected through small holes into
the space between the internal and external wall.
• It only takes around 3 hours to install.
• Not all properties can have this type of insulation
installed. This is something that a surveyor can check for
you at no cost.
Loft Insulation
• Up to a quarter of heat loss is through an uninsulated loft.
• Loft insulation is laid between and over ceiling joists to
create a barrier to warmth which would otherwise escape
the house.
• Did you know that loft insulation is now recommended to a
depth of 10.5 inches or 270 mm?
• Loft insulation is easy to install, very cost-effective, and
can be done professionally or on a DIY basis.
Other Insulation Measures
• If your home is not suitable for cavity wall insulation, you
could consider insulating the outside of your home with an
thermal render or cladding, insulating the internal walls
with rigid thermal board (Dry-Lining), or using a thermal
lining called Sempatap.
• Did you know that 11% heat escapes through gaps around
doors and in floors? These can be sealed to keep the heat
in. Draught proofing letter boxes and poorly fitting
windows can also make a home a lot more comfortable.
This is easily done on a DIY basis.
• Buying and installing a hot water tank jacket and hot water
pipe lagging is cheap and easy to do and can save you a
significant amount of money during its life time.
• By installing double glazing you could save around £110 a
year on your energy bills. If double glazing isn’t
appropriate, you may consider secondary glazing. If you
are on a tight budget, another option is DIY secondary
glazing, for which there are kits available in DIY stores.
• If you have an open chimney, a ‘chimney balloon’ can stop
cold air sinking into the room and warm air escaping. They
are inexpensive, easy to install and safe, and can be easily
removed if you want to use the chimney once again.
Grants Available towards making your
home warmer
Below is a list of grants available to help towards the costs of
making your home warmer. For further information on any of
these grants, contact the Wiltshire Energy Advice Service
on 01380 721487
Warm Front
This government scheme provides homeowners and private
tenants with grants to assist with the costs of installing
heating improvements. If you are without a working heating
system or have poor heating in your home and are on certain
benefits, you may be entitled to up to £2,700 towards
improvements including gas central heating, and up to £4,000
for an oil central heating system. There is also a £300 rebate
available to over 60s for help towards the costs of installing a
new heating system or replacing a broken boiler.
A1 Low Carbon Solutions
This npower funded grant helps with the costs of replacing
electric or coal heating systems with a gas or oil system. This
may help provide a more controllable heating system, and
may reduce your fuel bills also.
Salisbury District Council
Salisbury District Council offers a range of grant schemes
that could help with insulation or heating improvements.
These are summarised below – for more information on any
of these please contact the Council’s Home Energy Adviser,
Rachel Ross on 01722 434349.
Decent homes repairs assistance
You may be eligible if you own your own home or are a
protected tenant, AND either claim a means tested or
disability related benefit, OR are over 60 on a low income. If
you fall into these groups, Salisbury District Council might be
able to help cover the cost of essential repairs and to bring
your home up to the Decent Homes Standard.
Over 60s Cash Back scheme for insulation
This is a scheme offered by Salisbury District Council that
provides a £50 cash back to the over 60s who plan to either
install cavity wall insulation or increase their loft insulation.
Warm Front Top Up
The financial limitation to the Warm Front grant means that
in many cases the householder will need to pay a top-up if
the cost of works exceeds the grant available. Salisbury
District Council can provide assistance to fund this top up.
Cavity Wall Fill Assistance for Flats
Age Concern handyperson service
Assistance can be provided to the occupiers of flats where
there is no cavity wall insulation. This is a non-means tested
allowance and the budget is cash limited.
The Handyperson scheme is a service that helps older or
disabled people to remain living independently in the
community by assisting with a range of minor household
repairs at little or no cost. The service is managed and run by
Age Concern Salisbury and sponsored by Salisbury District
Houses of Multiple Occupation Energy
Efficiency Allowance
Assistance of up to £1,000 can be provided to improve the
energy efficiency in Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO).
This is a non-means tested allowance and the budget is again
cash limited.
Disabled facilities grants
Grants are available for adaptations, including help towards
improving heating.
For more help ring us at the Wiltshire
Energy Advice Service on 01380 721487
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