We’re all looking for ways to cut down on our energy usage and save much needed cash. It’s all very well for politicians to be telling us we should put on an extra jumper, but in the absolute thick of winter that might not be enough, especially for older people. We need more efficient insulation and more energy efficient heating systems. If you can afford to fit them into your budget then you should definitely consider it.
How to insulate energy efficient heating systems
It pays to know how to improve the insulation of your hot water tanks, pipework and radiators so that your heating goes further and costs less to run. You’ll soon make up the cost that it takes to fit the insulation in the first place and your hot water will be hotter for longer, thanks to less heat escaping. And it’s quicker, cheaper and easier than you think. No method of insulating your central heating system costs more than £30. As you can imagine, this means it won’t take very long at all for you to make your money back.
The easiest and quickest way to begin creating energy efficient heating systems is to purchase a jacket for your hot water cylinder. If your cylinder already has a jacket, you should check that it’s at least 7.5cm thick as this will provide the optimum level of insulation. This may mean you have less storage space around your hot water tank, but the space that’s there will be a more suitable environment to store things in.
The pros of energy efficient heating systems far outweigh the cons. Fitting a hot water tank jacket will reduce heat loss by at least 75% and save you roughly £45 a year in wasted energy. Insulating your hot water pipes as well is advisable as it will further reduce how much you’re wasting by £15 a year. On average, you’ll have made up the cost of fitting these types of insulation in less than six months and around a year, respectively. You’ll also save a combined 230kg of CO² each year (170kg from a hot water tank jacket and 60kg from pipe insulation), which isn’t to be sniffed at for something that costs so little.
The one occasion that can be problematic is if your hot water pipes aren’t exposed or are hard to reach. To fit pipe insulation in this instance you should call a professional plumber. It’s one of their main priorities nowadays to provide people with energy efficient heating systems.
If you’re doing the job yourself, it couldn’t be easier. A hot water tank jacket simply slips around your tank like a jacket that you’d put on yourself. Pipe insulation normally comes in the form of foam tubes which envelope your exposed pipes between the hot water tank and the boiler. Picking the right size foam from your local DIY shop is as difficult as the job gets, all being well.
Further ways to maintain energy efficient heating systems
Buy radiator reflector panels
These are an ultra-low-cost solution which make the heat from your radiators more capable of circulating around the whole room. If you’ve got notorious cold spots that you can’t seem to solve no matter how much insulation you fit, these will be your salvation. They’re fixed behind your radiators and reflect heat back into the room rather than letting it dissolve into the wall. As such, you’ll benefit more from these if you don’t already have solid wall or cavity wall insulation, but the most energy efficient heating systems rely on you also having these fitted.
Regulate your water use
Lots of energy is used to heat up water, so being more conscious of how much water you’re using can help save you money and limit your carbon footprint. This is the cheapest way to have more energy efficient heating systems as it involves no money, only your input. Simple things like making sure your dishwasher and washing machine are full before using them and selecting economy settings can save you lots of money, especially if you’re on the Economy 7 energy tariff and only turn your appliances on by night.
Other things you could do around the home include only boiling the kettle with as much water as you need. This could save you £8 a year on electricity. Being more careful to turn taps off after you’ve finished using them could save more than 5,500 litres of water a year, and using leftover water for things like watering plants or feeding animals can reduce wastage. You could also budget for more efficient showerheads, baths with a smaller capacity, low flush/dual flush toilets, low-flow taps and tap aerators. Any one of these products will be a great additional help to energy efficient heating systems.
With energy prices rising to record high levels, it’s not just the environment you’ll be saving by monitoring your energy consumption.tagsboilercarbon footprint co2co2 emissionsenergy efficiencyenergy efficientenergy efficient heating systemsheating insulationhome insulationwall insulation