Heating - the Environment Centre (tEC)

For most of us, improving our heating systems could save us a considerable amount of money. The majority of homes are heated using gas, electricity, LPG  or solid fuel, such as wood or coal. Gas is usually the cheapest heating fuel for homes with a connection to the gas network.

Ways to improve the energy efficiency of your heating system:

  • Switch to a gas or renewable heating system
  • Replace an old boiler with a modern condensing boiler
  • Replace old storage heaters with new fan assisted versions
  • Install heating controls so you can better control the times you use your heating
  • Maintain your current system (e.g. servicing the boiler, bleeding radiators and flushing sludge from the system)

 

How much you could save by replacing your gas boiler?

 

 Heating safety

  • Ensure that anybody working on gas appliances is on the Gas Safe register
  • Ensure that your boiler has a gas safety certificate (legal requirement for landlords)
  • Fit a Carbon Monoxide alarm (For more information see the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service or Blue Lamp Trust scheme)
  • Fit and regularly test smoke alarms in your home (see the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service website. Free home safety checks are available for some vulnerable residents)
  • Regularly sweep your chimney if you have an open fire or stove
  • Vulnerable households may be eligible for additional assistance (sometimes including free gas safety checks) via the Priority Services Register. Contact us or your utilities company for more information.

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