Small changes can add up to a big difference
If you’ve ticked off everything on the DIY list, there are still plenty of things you can do to take control of your energy this winter and reduce your gas bill.
Keep your boiler in tip-top condition with a yearly service
Breakdowns can mean expensive repairs, but a well-maintained boiler will also work more efficiently at delivering heat and hot water. By keeping your boiler working smoothly and efficiently you could save on your heating bills.
Get a smart meter to see what you’re using in pounds and pence
A smart meter comes at no extra cost to you and sends us your meter readings, so you don’t have to. Plus as an EDF customer, you'll get access to our free, unique Energy Hub, complete with tips and tricks on how to reduce your energy use and save money. Book your smart meter install today.
A smart thermostat and smart heating controls let you control your heating from anywhere using your phone
You can boost the heating when you want to come home to a toasty warm house, turn it off if you’re going to be home late and still set up schedules and programmes just as you would with a normal thermostat.
Trapped air in your radiators will stop the warm water circulating properly – if your radiator is cold at the top and warm at the bottom, it probably needs bleeding. All you need is a radiator key (or screwdriver for more modern radiators) and a rag to catch any drips of water.
- Turn the heating off and wait until your radiators are cold
- Use your key or screwdriver to turn the valve at the top of the radiator until you hear a hissing noise – this is the trapped air escaping
- Once the hissing stops and water starts to trickle out, re tighten the valve
Job done! Next time you turn the heating on your radiator should be toasty warm from top to bottom
Heat reflecting radiator panels can also make things more efficient
Installed on the wall behind the radiator, the reflective surface reflects heat back into the radiator keeping the water in the radiator warmer for longer. They can also create a thermal barrier between the wall and the radiator, so you don’t lose as much heat through the wall.
It’s not just about gadgets and tech though. Behavioural changes can bring your bills down too. Making sure your dishwasher is full, taking shorter showers and dropping your washing machine down to 30°C will all make a dent in your bill over time.