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12 Ways To Reduce Your Energy Bills – Part 2

Rhodri Andrews

12 Ways to Reduce your Energy Bills – Part 2

So ’12 ways to reduce you energy bills – Part 1’ spilled the beans on the first 4 ways you could reduce your energy bills, including acquiring double glazed windows, loft, cavity wall or external wall insulation, draught proofing and switching to LED lights.

’12 Ways to reduce your Energy Bills – Part 2’ will continue to guide you through the next 4 steps to reducing the bills in your home. All the services mentioned are available through Tempo.

5- Get a new condensing boiler!

According to the Energy Saving Trust, boilers actually make up for about 55% of you energy bills, therefore replacing an old gas boiler with no controls with an A rated high efficiency condensing boiler with a full set of controls could possibly save you up to £350 a year!*(1)

Newer condensing boilers basically create significantly more heat from the fuel they use than that of a normal old boiler. Additionally, there is less heat lost through the flue gases with a new condensing boiler (2), meaning less money is wasted!
*These are estimated figures based on installing a new A-rated condensing boiler with a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls (TRVs) in a gas-heated home from an older boiler without controls. Savings will vary depending on the size and thermal performance of your home.

6- Renewable heating systems – Air Source Heat Pumps and Ground Source Heat Pumps.

Air source heat pumps are an energy efficient measure that use outside air combined with electricity in order to heat your radiators, under-floor and water (3). Ground source heat pumps on the other hand, are a renewable way of heating your home through pipes extracting ground heat to do the same (4).

Installing either of these could save you up to £2000 a year if you swap from an LPG non condensing boiler or slightly less if you switch from any other heating system.*(5)
Not only that, but with the RHI (renewable heat incentive) – you could be eligible for a grant consisting of quarterly payments based on the amount of KW/H you produce. In other words, you could get paid for having them! (6) The rates are taken from The Energy Saving Trust and are displayed below.

Ground Source Heat Pumps – could be eligible for a RHI income between £2325 and £3690 a year.

Air Source Heat Pumps – could be eligible for a RHI income between £850 and £1280 a year.

Give Tempo a call for more details on the process and prices etc.

* This is based on changing from a LPG non condensing boiler. Rates may vary depending on your existing system and house type.

7– Renewable Heating Systems – Biomass Boilers.

Biomass boilers can help you save masses on your energy bills –up to £1435 a year to be precise if you’re changing from an LPG old condensing heating system, and up to £650 a year if you change from an old electric storage heating system*. Savings may vary depending on your existing heating system, however similar to Ground and Air source heat pumps, acquiring a biomass boiler could mean you are eligible for quarterly payments through the RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) of between £2135 and £3390 a year (7).

Biomass heating systems basically burn wood pellets, chips or logs to provide warmth to a room and can also be fitted with a back boiler to provide central and water heating as well. This could add to the character of your home as well as saving you money through the price of wood fuel (which is mainly cheaper than other heating options).

*savings assume you already have insulation in your home and vary depending on your existing heating system.

8 – Solar PV Panels

The Energy saving trust gives all the info on how to do your best with reducing your electricity bills, and apparently the price of solar PV panels is going down! Consequently, this would be the best time to invest in some solar PV panels to reduce you electricity bills in your home and could possibly save you up to £750 a year with a typical 4kwp panel.

Not only that, but with the new feed in tariff, you may also be eligible for quarterly payments from your energy company based on each unit (kwh) of electricity you generate, similar to the Renewable Heat Incentive (8). The rates you could receive vary on the size of the system you have installed, what is installed and when it is installed. The technology also has to be installed by a certified installer (i.e Tempo) (9). Prices for solar PV panels on your roof are around £6000 to £7,400, however the amount of money saved in the long run, plus the quarterly payments from your energy company could mean you get your money back as soon as possible..and then some!

What to do from here?

All of the above products and services are available at Tempo. If you are considering any of the above measures, or would like further information on the topic, do not hesitate to give us a call on 0800 152 2011.

So there you have the second 4 steps to reduce your energy bills – Don’t forget to keep yourself updated on the next blog – ‘12 ways to reduce your energy bills part 3- the lazy way’, informing you of how you can take simple steps to reducing your energy bills for free.


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