How To Reduce Your Gas Bill In 8 Steps
With many of us working at home all day, it’s likely that we are switching on our heating more often to keep ourselves warm. Unfortunately, this means that a lot of us are likely to be looking at a gas bill that’s higher than average. This short guide will take you through how to reduce your gas bill and still keep warm!
There are small measures you can implement, such as insulation and draught proofing, which we’ll talk you through. We’ll also cover the more impactful measures you can take by utilizing new technologies like air source heat pumps, solar thermal, new boilers and smart thermostats. These cutting edge developments are probably the most effective way to reduce your bill, and your impact on the planet.
1. Double glazing
This is a great way to reduce gas bills.
If you don’t already have double glazing, it’s almost certainly a worthwhile investment. A huge amount of heat can be lost through your windows, it’s estimated that installing double glazing can save the average household £110 per year!
Not only this, but double glazing will mean that your home is quieter and more peaceful, too.
Insulating your home is a really effective way to keep the heat in your home, in your home. By doing this your heating system won’t need to work as hard, and you will benefit from lower gas bills.
Most homes are relatively simple to insulate yourself using insulation material purchased from any DIY shop. If you have an older home it can be worth talking with a professional to help.
3. Draught proofing
There’s really no excuse not to draught proof your home! You can buy draught proofing from Amazon or any DIY store, and it’s a job that takes minutes.
Use draught proofing to plug up any gaps around windows and doors, and you’ll soon be feeling cozier and saving money too!
This is a quick and easy way to reduce your gas bill.
4. Smart meter
Smart meters are currently being rolled out by the government in a bid to help people save money.
This technology measure the amount of electricity or gas that you are using, and provide you with a display so that you can see how much you are spending at any one time. They are a great way for you to tell which of your appliances are eating up your energy, so that you can do something about it.
5. Smart thermostat
It’s estimated that the average household could save £80 per year just by turning their thermostat down by one degree, and £75 per year by installing a smart thermostat.
Smart thermostats allow you to do a few things. Firstly, they allow you to choose which rooms in the house to heat. This means that you are only using energy to heat the rooms that you are actually using. Secondly, they allow you to control your heating remotely through your mobile phone. This means that you can ensure you never come home to a cold house – bliss!
Finally, smart thermostats will learn over time exactly how long it takes to heat the different areas of your home. This allows you to set a time when you want your home to have reached a certain temperature.
If you want to get all of the benefits from a smart thermostat, you’ll need to ensure that you have a modern boiler installed that is compatible with smart technology.
6. Will a new boiler reduce my gas bill?
Now we start talking about the truly effective ways to save yourself some money!
Upgrading your boiler to a new A+ rated boiler is not only estimated to save the average household a whopping £300 per year but it also helps to reduce your carbon footprint. Newer boilers are more efficient, and so don’t need to use as much energy to heat your home.
You’ll also get access to a lot of features that aren’t available on older boilers, such as a programmer, thermostatic radiator controls and individual room thermostats.
If you would like to upgrade your boiler, you can do so by taking advantage of our offer in conjunction with the Government Green Homes Grant. Read on to find out more!
7. Can an Air Source Heat Pump help to reduce my gas bill?
Air Source Heat Pumps are a great way of making your home more efficient. They work by absorbing heat from the air outside, which is then used to heat your home and your hot water. When temperatures get as low as -15°, they still work! So they’re perfect for miserable British winters!
They need electricity to work, but it’s less energy than it produces and therefore are a great way of saving yourself some energy.
8. Solar Thermal Panels can help reduce your gas bill
Solar thermal panels are panels that are installed on your roof for the purpose of using the energy from the sun to heat the water in your home. As they use the power of the sun, solar thermal panels are the most effective in the summer months, however they will still reduce your bills even in the winter.
Depending on the size of your home you can save up to £300 per year by installing Solar Thermal Panels.
Solar Thermal Panels are considered a primary measure under the terms of the Government’s Green Homes Grant, which means that you could get most of the cost of installation covered under the scheme. Plus, if you access the scheme through Hassle Free Boilers, we’ll even throw in a brand new Worcester Bosch boiler, for free!
How to lower your gas bill in winter
In the winter, the biggest use of gas is likely to be through your heating system. Therefore any changes you can make to conserve heat, and heat your home more efficiently, are going to be the most effective. This includes things like:
- Upgrading your boiler
- Investing in a smart thermostat
- Insulation, double glazing and draught proofing
- Investing in an air source heat pump
How to lower gas bill in summer
In the summer the biggest consumer of gas is likely to be hot water. To save money in the summer, you’ll want to look at heating your hot water more efficiently. Some ways you can do this are:
- Upgrading your boiler
- Investing in solar thermal panels
If you order your solar thermal heating solution from Hassle Free Boilers, we’ll include a free boiler and you can cover most of the cost under the Government’s Green Home Grant scheme.
This offer is only available from Hassle Free Boilers, and only for a limited time so why not see if you qualify today?