6 Clever Products to Save Money on your Heating Bills
The ecoLinks team has put together a list of 6 useful products which you can use in your home to save money.
There are loads of clever ways you can reduce your heating bills which don't involve upgrading your boiler or switching to expensive renewable generation. Check out the list below to find some money saving ideas for your home.
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1. Radiator Foil
Radiator foil can be an excellent way of making the most out of the heat you generate. This foil goes behind the radiator and reflects heat back into the room.
A test carried out by the BBA shows that Radflek Radiator Reflectors can reduce the heat transfer through exterior walls by up to 45%. Fitting an 8 pack of Radflek foil in your home can save up to £40 a year on a standard gas tariff. That's the equivalent to about 71kg of CO2 annually.
2. Radiator Auto Vents
Just 2 inches of trapped air in a radiator can decrease its efficiency by up to 75%. That's why it's important to bleed your radiators from time to time.
Air in the system can lead to a deficiency in heat transfer and can also cause increased corrosion within the radiators. Installing auto vents help to alleviate these issues by periodically releasing any built up air in the radiator.
Aladdin has come up with these clever Radiator Auto Vents that are simple to install and last for about 5 years.
3. Central Heating Additive
This innovative liquid is a quick and easy way to save you money on your bills and it's simple to install.
EndoTherm Central Heating Additive has been independently verified to reduce your heating bills by an average of 15%. It works by improving the heat transfer efficiency in a wet heating system and allows the system to be more reactive to changes in heat demand. That means radiators heat up quicker and stay hotter for longer.
As an added bonus, EndoTherm has also been verified by the Energy Saving Trust for their energy reduction claims.
4. Central Heating Corrosion Inhibitor
Similar to the central heating additive, corrosion inhibitors can be added to your heating system to reduce costs.
They work by reducing limescale deposition and internal buildup of black sludge in the system. This has a number of positive effects from reduced component failure, fewer maintenance call-outs, prevention of cold spots in radiators and protecting metals and alloys in the heating system.
Most brands have a rapid or express version which you can apply in minutes via a radiator valve. The Fernox F1 Express is compatible with the EndoTherm central heating additive, so you can use both for improved results.
5. Radiator Boosters
Radiator fans can be an easy way to reduce your costs and instantly feel warmer in your home.
One of the more popular radiator fans on the market claims that by installing a Radfan in a standard living room you can reduce your energy use by up to 720 kWh annually; that's the equivalent to about £31 a year off your bill.
They're very easy to install; they magnetically attach to the top of the radiator and plug into the nearest socket. They also turn on automatically through a built-in temperature sensor.
6. External Wall Waterproofing
This water-resistant paste can be applied to any mortar, brick, concrete or sandstone walls to improve their insulating properties.
Once applied it helps to repel water and keeps the masonry dry throughout the year. Dry walls increase thermal resistance and act as a better insulator.
StormDry's Masonry Protection Cream was tested by the University of Portsmouth and they concluded that you could save up to 29% on your energy bills when you apply it to solid walls. It also has the added benefit of helping to prevent damp throughout the house.
Bonus Item: Switch your Energy Supplier
This won't reduce the amount of energy you're using, but it will, in the majority of situations, reduce the amount you're paying for the energy you do use.
We tend to think that when our energy contracts end, our supplier puts us on the best available tariff, but this isn't always the case. If you haven't switched your supplier in a while then it's worth looking to see if you can get a better deal elsewhere. Some consumers can even save hundreds a year just by looking around.
There are loads of sites in the UK that compare energy tariffs and it's quite a simple process. If you're interested you can check out uSwitch to see if you're paying too much for your energy.