According to Energy Saving Trust, the average UK household could save as much as £75 per year, simply by being more efficient with heating? Nationwide, that amounts to an enormous £500,000,000 annually. 

Quick money and energy-saving tips

Before we get into anything more expensive, here are some simple, affordable steps you can take to make your heating more efficient:

  • Move furniture away from radiators. You'll notice how much warmer the room is almost immediately
  • Draft proof your home. This could save you £25-35 per year and you could even get help with the cost. For more information visit our insulation page 
  • Thermostat control. Smart thermostats allow you to control and monitor your heating at all times - from your smartphone, tablet or PC.


Find out more ways to save energy at home with our Energy choices at home blog post, and learn how to save money with our How to save on energy bills blog post.


Energy-efficient heaters

Even a well-insulated, centrally-heated home can have its cold spots. For example, conservatories can be more difficult to heat than the rest of the house. For those chilly areas, a room heater can give you some added, localised warmth. 

According to the Energy Saving Trust, "Electricity is currently the most expensive and carbon-intensive heating fuel available in the UK." Clearly then, it's important to choose wisely if you're thinking of adding an electric room heater. The following table pulls data from Centre for Sustainable Energy and gives you an idea of the heroes and villains - with their typical running costs per tariff.

 Typical heat outputRunning cost per hour (standard meter)Running cost per hour (Economy - 7 night)Running cost per hour (Economy - 7 day)
Radiant bar fire2kW28p13p36p
Halogen heater1.2kW17p8p22p
Convector heater2kW28p13p36p
Fan heater2kW28p13p36p
Oil-filled radiator1.5kW21p10p27p

If you've decided gas is the way to go, here's a table pulling data from Centre for Sustainable Energy outlining the good, the bad and the ugly costwise.

 Heat outputEfficiency ratingCost per hour (mains gas)Cost per hour (LPG(1))Cost per unit heat (mains gas)Cost per unit heat (LPG(1))
Radiant gas fire (on full)5kW63 - 81%25 - 32p41 - 45p5 - 6p8 - 10p
Radiant gas fire (on low)1kW40 - 65%6 - 10p10 - 17p6 - 10p10 - 17p
Gas convector heater (on full)3kW60 - 85%14 - 20p23 - 33p5 - 7p8 - 12p
Open decorative gas fire2.5kW20 - 50%20 - 50p33 - 84p8 - 20p13 - 33p
Closed gas fire4kW60 - 80%20 - 27p33 - 45p5 - 6p8 - 10p
Bottled gas fire4kW100%N/A66pN/A17p

Home heating systems

One of the most efficient ways of heating your home is with a central heating system that has modern heating controls and an efficient heat source. Replacing your central heating system might sound expensive, but in the long run it could save you money. If you're looking for more efficient heating systems though, here are some options to consider:

  • Boiler replacement.  If you already have gas, oil or LPG (liquid petroleum gas)-powered central heating, replacing your existing boiler with a more efficient model can make a big difference to your household bills. According to the Energy Saving Trust, heating accounts for 60% of our yearly energy bills. Find out the common issues that could indicate that you may need a new boiler.


  • Storage heater upgrade. If you have an electric central heating system, you can improve its efficiency by installing new storage heaters. You won't have to replace them all at once, but modern, slimline, fan-assisted storage heaters will give you better heat retention and easier control. Prices vary but you can expect to pay around £700 per unit.


  • Biomass heating. Burning wood pellets, chips or logs to power your home's central heating system is a lower-carbon alternative to electricity and oil. Installation can appear pricey at first but if you are replacing an older electric heating system, you could save as much as £800 per year.


  • Air and Ground source heat pumps. Heat pumps offer a low-carbon alternative to traditional oil-fired and electrical home heating systems. They could significantly reduce your energy bills and could even earn you money via the government's Renewable Heat Incentive. To find out more, visit our Hybrid Heat Pumps page.


Being more energy efficient with your home heating options can help you save on your energy bills, but why stop there? You can discover more ways to be energy efficient in the home by visiting our energy-efficiency pages and keep up with the latest energy-saving ideas with our energywise blog.

Energy-saving tips and tricks

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