For most households, improving the energy efficiency of their heating system can save a considerable amount of money. The majority of households are heated using gas, electricity, LPG or solid fuel (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
- 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 Blue watch 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.