The Importance Of Boiler Efficiency & How to Save Energy at Home
Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord, or you’re renting a property - saving energy is something we all want to get on board with. Not only does it enable us to look after the environment and cut down on the amount of energy and fuel we use, but we can also lower our heating and energy bills in the process.
This guide will explain how to save energy at home with a particular focus on boiler efficiency. Combining these things will be good for your household and the environment in the long term.
The importance of energy saving.
Saving energy means we use less of it. Using less means we can do our part in helping the environment, saving Earth’s resources for as long as possible. We use and waste energy on a daily basis and sometimes, we might not even be aware of it. Little things such as driving to work on a daily basis alone instead of car sharing, or buying a low energy efficiency rated product can be huge energy wasters.
Why should we save energy? The two main reasons are:
- Energy costs money. The more we use, the higher our bills will be. By cutting down our usage, we can save money and reduce the amount of our energy bills per month.
- By excessive energy usage, we’re using up all of Earth’s natural resources, fast. To slow down our use of these resources, we need to be more conscious of what we use and when we use it.
Having a sustainable home is the goal for many who are keen to help the environment. There are many different ways you can do this, from simple daily lifestyle changes to a change in your central heating system.
How to save energy at home.
There are so many ways in which we can save energy at home. By taking on board some of these points, you’ll be doing your part in living as sustainably as you can:
- Turn off lights when not in use and change your light bulbs to energy saving ones.
- Switch off electricals and appliances when not in use. We’ll explain how you can benefit from switching to appliances with a better energy rating later.
- Have a shower instead of a bath to save the amount of water you use.
- Turn down your thermostat. By reducing your thermostat temperature by as little as one degree, you’ll be saving money each year and you won’t even be able to feel a reduction in temperature.
- Add an extra layer of clothing instead of booting up your entire central heating system.
Boiler energy saving and boiler efficiency.
Where your central heating system is concerned, you need an energy efficient boiler. Thankfully, due to the ERP directive, all boilers manufactured these days must be over 90% energy efficient and have an efficiency rating of ‘A’.
Heating up your home in colder months is responsible for around 60% of your energy bills. That shocking statistic alone should be enough to encourage you to make a change. By making the right choices, you can reduce this percentage, save money, and help the environment too.
The type of boiler you have installed can be a big indicator of wasted energy. Older models of boilers are naturally going to be bigger culprits, so if you’re using a boiler you’ve had for a good number of years or one that tends to break down often - then it may be time to have a boiler replacement.
Instead of wasting money by regularly having older boiler components replaced, we’d always recommend getting rid of your old boiler completely and installing a new one. You can use our ‘Find A Boiler’ tool to find the perfect boiler for your home. Our engineers can also install it for you the very next day with no additional charge.
Which boiler is more efficient? Here are the most common types and their boiler energy saving rating:
- Conventional boiler – this type of boiler is the more traditional type. It uses hot and cold water storage tanks, usually installed in a loft space. For this type of boiler, more space is needed. Conventional boilers generally reach a 70-80% rate of efficiency, which is a lot lower than newer boiler types.
- System boiler – the water for this boiler type is taken directly from the water mains, but it is also quite similar to a conventional boiler. It is possible to purchase a system boiler with A rated efficiency.
- Combi boiler – Combi boilers are very efficient some with over 90-98% efficiency. Using a combi boiler can save you hundreds of pounds each year.
- Condensing boiler – The high efficiency achieved by a condensing boiler is due to the recycling of water vapour which can be wasted in other boiler types. The recovered heat is reused, typically giving the condensing boiler an A rating.
Boiler efficiency wouldn’t be complete these days without the ability to limit or time your heating usage. Smart thermostats are very clever in the fact that they enable you to control the time your heating comes on during the day, the temperatures it reaches as well as only heating the rooms you are using, too.
This type of thermostat is similar to a digital thermostat, but instead, you’re able to control your settings remotely through an app on a mobile device. This means that wherever you are, you can effectively time your heating to come on around 20 minutes before you’re due home, instead of leaving it on all day while you’re at work, for example.
The installation of smart thermostats or thermostatic radiator valves could be expensive in the short term, but after installation, they can save you around £150 per year on your heating bills. It goes without saying that they will eventually pay for themselves - making them a worthy investment.
Boiler efficiency in your home can be a huge step to effectively saving energy.
If you want to make some changes and ensure you do your part in saving energy and resources, there are many simple steps you can take. For ultimate boiler efficiency, it’s worth looking into the different types of boiler available - ensuring you take a close look at their energy efficiency ratings.
In fact, many new electrical appliances today should have an energy efficiency rating, such as washing machines, dishwashers, and fridges. The scale goes from A+++ (the highest rating) to G (the lowest).
If you’d like more information on the boiler efficiency of our models or to enquire about a new boiler system for your home, use our Find A Boiler tool or call us on 0800 193 7777. One of our experienced engineers will be happy to help!< Back to guides