The Key to Saving on Winter Heating Bills
As the cost of living crisis continues to impact households, the looming winter season raises concerns about increased energy bills. While summer provides relief from such expenses, the return to heating in winter prompts homeowners to seek cost-effective solutions. In light of this, considering the efficiency of your radiators is a crucial step towards potential savings.
The Impact of Radiator Choices on Energy Bills
Central heating is a significant contributor to household bills, and the decision to repair or replace radiators plays a pivotal role in long-term savings. Opting for radiator updates can result in substantial energy bill reductions, potentially saving up to £200.
There are four essential pieces of advice for homeowners facing the dilemma of repairing or replacing radiators before winter arrives.
1. Consider the Age of Your Radiator
Modern radiators have an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years. As they age, they become less efficient, leading to increased energy bills. Sludge buildup, a common issue in older radiators, can hinder their heating capacity. While power flushing is an option, the cost may outweigh the benefits, making replacement a more viable solution.
2. Style and Size Matter
The type of radiator also influences the decision-making process. Traditional cast iron radiators, for instance, can often be reconditioned at a lower cost than modern, specialised counterparts. Repairing traditional radiators is a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective option, especially if the aesthetic appeal is a key consideration.
3. Prioritise Energy Efficiency
Older radiators can accumulate issues like rust, corrosion, and blockages, gradually reducing efficiency. Replacing old radiators with newer, more efficient models can lead to significant energy savings. Modern radiators use advanced technology, requiring less water and boasting up to 50% greater efficiency, resulting in a potential 10% reduction in average energy bills.
4. Modernising for Style and Efficiency
For those who value aesthetics, modern radiators come in various designs and sizes. Updating radiators, especially when replacing a boiler, not only enhances efficiency but also improves home décor. Investing in new, trendy versions or giving old radiators a fresh coat of paint can revitalise the look of your space while ensuring optimal performance.
As winter approaches, the choice to repair or replace radiators can have a significant impact on energy bills. It’s worth noting that beyond radiator updates, home insulation is another crucial factor in reducing energy costs.
Homeowners and private tenants, especially those eligible for government benefits or with a household income under £31k, can claim a free grant for insulation measures.
To check eligibility and explore energy-saving opportunities, contact us today 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!
More ways to save money on your energy bills
If you enjoyed this article and would be interested in other tips to save on your energy bills, please read one of the articles below:
- Energy Saving Tips for Autumn/Winter
- How you can save on your energy bills
- How to choose energy efficient appliances
- Who is entitled to Free Home Insulation?
You can also read lots more energy saving tips on our Energy Savings Tips blog page.