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Boiler switch on date: When should you turn on your boiler?

As the weather gets colder, you may be thinking it’s almost time to switch on boiler for your central heating.

However, the recent energy cap increase and still high costs of energy might be making you hesitate and trying to hold on as long as possible. All of this makes it difficult to know when is the best time to turn the heating back on.

Online heating specialists BestHeating have analysed Met Office data to estimate when the best time would be to switch on your heating. Their data shows that 20th October (this Friday) is the date to turn the heating on as following the 20th, temperatures aren’t expected to rise above 15°C for the remainder for 2023.

The NHS recommendation is that heating should be on once outside temperatures drop below 15°C and that inside temperatures should be kept as a minimum of 18°C. Lower temperatures over long periods inside the home can cause health issues, especially for those living with health conditions.

Keep your energy bills low during winter

Keeping your energy bills down during winter can be very difficult but here are a few suggestions that can help to keep your home warm and your energy bills as low as possible in winter.

1. Only heat the rooms you are in
Turn down radiators in rooms you aren’t using regularly, this can reduce your energy usage significantly.

2. Turn down the heat
Turning down the temperature on your thermostat by just 1 degree could save you up to £80 per year.

3. Reduce or remove draughts
Cold getting in through draughts under doors, seal cracks in floors and skirting boards, letterboxes and unused chimneys dramatically cool your home and make your heating work harder to heat your rooms which will cost more in energy.

4. Close your curtains before
Closing your curtains before it gets dark will help to retain heat in your home built up during the day.

5. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate
By far one of the best ways to reduce your energy bills is to ensure your home is properly insulated, for example up to 25% of heat is lost through your roof if you don’t have loft insulation.

At Eclipse Energy we offer a range of insulation solutions to keep your home warm this winter, all of which you might be eligible to get for free through the government backed ECO4 scheme.

These include:

  • Loft insulation
  • Pitched roof insulation
  • Flat roof insulation
  • Under floor insulation
  • Solid floor insulation
  • External and internal solid wall insulation
  • Room-in-roof insulation

How do I apply for the ECO4 Scheme?

So, how can you get started with insulation through the ECO4 scheme? The first step is to check your eligibility by giving us a call on 01422 414850.

It’s the quickest way to check your eligibility. However, you can also fill out a form on our website if you prefer. 

Our experienced team will guide you through the process of claiming your free funding, right through to completion of the work. 

Act now and take advantage of the free funding available through the ECO4 scheme. Contact us today!

Energy Saving Tips

Please read some of our other posts filled with ideas to reduce your energy usage and save you money this winter:

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