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After an unusually warm autumn, it seems that Britain might finally be heading for this year’s big freeze. And now as the clocks have gone back – typically temperatures drop – leaving homeowners looking for new ways to weather-proof their homes.
And with fuel bills continuing to be a concern, many of us are looking to cut costs in the months ahead too.
As the world’s leading experts in glazing and energy-efficient glass, Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, part of the NSG group, prides themselves on offering glass products that can make homes warmer and more energy-efficient.
Here, they share some simple, practical tips to help you make short and long-term savings.
1. Stay in Control and Turn it Down!
Keeping an eye on your central heating temperature by using boiler controls more efficiently will help save on winter bills – cutting your annual fuel costs by up to 17 per cent*.
Get rooms to a comfortable temperature then use your timer to make sure you only use heating when you really need it.
2. Keep It In – With Extra Insulation
Installing new or additional insulation is another easy and straight-forward way to make best use of the heat you already have in your home.
As well as saving money this winter, it will ensure your property uses less energy and is cheaper to run in the long-term too. You can insulate walls and any loft space for relatively little cost and may be eligible for a grant to help with this.
3. Time for a New Boiler?
Installing the right boiler could save you hundreds of pounds a year and a small fortune over its lifetime.
Modern, high-efficiency condensing boilers convert over 88 per cent of their fuel into heat – compared to just 78 per cent for conventional models. This could save you between £190 and £240 a year or around one third of your heading bills straight away*.
4. Make the Change to Triple A on electrical appliances
Choosing energy-saving appliances will make it easier to lower bills and go greener. These items don’t cost much more to buy but will save money in the long run.
For example, an A-rated, energy-saving fridge-freezer will use more than 60 per cent less energy than an older one, saving up to £35 a year*. So when the time comes to update or replace white goods look for ones with a European Union Energy label and choose products with a triple A score.
5. Opt for Clever Glazing
For more of a permanent change, choosing the right kind of glazing can help make a massive difference to thermal insulation, reducing the amount of energy used and saving money on heating bills.
When the time comes to replace windows, consider investing in products that will keep the heat in and cold out.
Pilkington energiKare™ Advantage – offers triple glazing performance in a double glazed unit. A revolutionary way to obtain superb energy-efficient glazing and indoor comfort. The concept works by using two low-e (low emissivity) coatings in the insulating glass unit, which both reflect heat back into the room and reduce the amount of radiant heat loss through the glass helping to retain the heat inside creating a cosier environment.
For more information on the Pilkington energiKare™ range, visit to www.pilkington.co.uk.
*Information from the Energy Saving Trust
**Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) energy saving calculator for a mains gas, detached house