How Upgrading Your Boiler Can Help You Save Money

Did you know that upgrading your boiler can help you save money? Here’s how. Upgrading Your Boiler You’re probably wondering, how can getting a boiler upgrade and paying for boiler installation actually help me save money? Today’s boiler models have drastically changed. New models are more efficient than ever before — 90% more efficient than their predecessors. A lot of research is being done that allows manufacturers to create new boilers that use heating methods that allow the customers to save energy, as well as make less carbon output. On the other hand, old gas boilers are not reliable in terms of energy saving. How much will you be saving? According to the Energy Saving Trust, your savings will depend greatly on how old (and inefficient) your current boiler is, as well as the amount of fuel it regularly burns. Here are some estimates on your possible savings, if you replace your old boiler with a new condensing one that is A- rated with a rogrammer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls (TRVs): In England, Scotland and Wales: Rating of Old Boiler: G (<70% efficiency) semi detached house: £215 detached house: £350 detached bungalow: £180 mid terrace house: £175 mid floor flat £95 Rating of Old Boiler: F (<70-74% efficiency) semi detached house: £145 detached house: £240 detached bungalow: £120 mid terrace house: £120 mid floor flat £65 Rating of Old Boiler: E (<74-78% efficiency) semi detached house: £115 detached house: £190 detached bungalow: £90 mid terrace house: £95 mid floor flat £50 Rating of Old Boiler: D (<78-82% efficiency) semi detached house: £85 detached house: £140 detached bungalow: £65 mid terrace house: £70 mid floor flat £35 More Tips While it is true that boiler installation is one the single biggest expenses you will ever...

Economy 10 Tariff

Find out if Economy 10 Tariff is the right electricity plan for your home. What is Economy 10 Tariff? Economy 10 is the name of the tariff provided by electricity suppliers to UK consumers. It was created in 2004, and is designed similarly to the Economy 7 Tariff. It is aimed at helping homes that use storage heaters, underfloor heating and water based heat stores. As with Economy 7, Economy 10 is named such because it offers 10 hours of off peak rates to its subscribers. How does it work? While Economy 7 has off peak hours for electricity use at night (typically sometime between 10 pm and 8 am), Economy 10 Tariff has its 10 off peak hours divided in the afternoon, evening and at night. Not all energy suppliers offer Economy 10, and the 10 off peak hours are determined by the local distribution network in the area. In Economy 10 Tariff, off peak rates are usually half the rates during peak hours, but the standing charges are often higher. Here is are examples of Economy 10 Tariff off peak hours in two separate areas: Area 1 Afternoon (3 hours) – 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm Evening (4 hours) – 8:30 pm to 12:30 am Early morning (3 hours) – 4:30 am to 7:30 am Area 2 Afternoon (3 hours) – 1 pm to 4 pm Evening (2 hours) – 8 pm to 10 pm Overnight (5 hours) – 12 mn to 5 am When switching to and from Economy 10 Tariff, you will need a new meter system installed, which can provide two to three meter readings....

What is Economy 7 Tariff

Are you on Economy 7 Tariff? Learn more about it and how you can make the most out of it. What is Economy 7 Tariff? Economy 7 Tariff is a differential tariff offered by electricity providers in the UK. This electricity plan offers two different rates to its users: one during the day and another in the evening. Simply put, it work very similar to the way peak and off peak hours work for phone service providers. Customers will receive 7 hours of cheaper electricity in the evening, hence the term ‘economy 7’. The specific hours that are charged lower will depend on where you are located in the UK, and your electric provider. In general, the 7 off peak hours are typically sometime between 10 pm and 8:30 am. If you are not sure about the exact times of when economy 7 applies for you, call your energy provider or check your most recent energy bill Economy 7 users have a different meter that separately shows the electricity usages during the days and the evenings. This helps them track their energy use more accurately. Find out if you are an Economy 7 Tariff user The easiest way to find out if you are using economy 7 is by looking at your energy bill. Basically, if you see two charges – one for daytime use and one for evening use – you are on economy 7 tariff. If you don’t have a bill available, check your meter. If you see two different numbers, then you are on economy 7. These numbers are usually indicated as “normal” and “low”. How to make...

Winter Boiler Tips

Get your home ready for the cold weather with these winter boiler tips from RJ Gas. Winter Boiler Tips: Regularly check you boiler’s ability to heat up. If you have not used your central heating since last year, now is the perfect time to do a test run on it. Regularly checking on your heating system to make sure it is working will help avoid surprises when winter hits. You certainly don’t want to be caught on a freezing night only to find out that your boiler is not working properly. Check the boiler’s pressure. A sudden change in the boiler’s pressure is a common boiler problem. Check the pressure gauge, which should read between 1 and 1.5. Learn how to increase a boiler’s pressure here. Bleed the radiators. Trapped air in your radiators can prevent parts of it from heating. Check you radiators and see if the top or bottom part remains cold. “Bleeding” the radiators simply means getting that pocket of air out. You can learn how to bleed the radiators yourself, with no need to call for an engineer. Insulate the condensate pipes. – Condensate pipes are the ones that take the condensation out and are located outside the building. Hence, they are exposed to the elements, and during winter, they can freeze and become blocked. You can insulate the pipe to avoid freezing, or you can relocate it inside or replace it with a wider pipe. Thaw your condensate pipe. Learn how here. This will come in handy if the pipes freeze. Read the manual. Keep your boiler manual in your home and remember to follow the instructions...

Boiler Replacement East London

Are you planning on a boiler replacement East London? If so, there are a few things that you may want to take into consideration. Boiler replacement can help you save a lot of cash and can also help save the environment. However, it is a good idea to do your own research before making the purchase. You definitely want to know about the regulations and costs, as well as the benefits that you can get in a boiler upgrade. While a boiler replacement East London can be the answer to your boiler problems, it can also be a gruesome and costly process. Knowing what you should know will make things a lot easier for you. Here are some things that you want to consider: Do you need a permit? Generally, there is no need for you to obtain a permit if the work that will be done is internal. However, if you need to add a flue or plumbing outside, you need to meet the building regulations. Consult with your local building authority to make sure you are not violating any local laws and that you have enough time to get a permit if you need one. Regulations for Boiler Replacement The building regulations state that all new boilers must be high efficiency condensing boilers. The Energy Saving Trust says that condensing boilers more efficient than their non condensing counterparts by up to 12%. This is because they get more heat from waste gasses. The 2010 regulations also require all new boiler installations to be A- rated or show 88% efficient using the SEDBUK scale (either using the letter ratings...

Central Heating Service

More organizations and local groups are making the effort to raise awareness on the importance of doing a regular central heating service. The dangers of unchecked gas appliances cannot be underestimated. There are also steps that a homeowner can make to maintain their central heating and help ensure it is running safely and efficiently. A central heating system typically includes a boiler, pipes, radiators and controls, and sometimes, a hot water storage cylinder or separate pump. Here are some central heating service tips: Bleed your radiators regularly. Bleeding the radiators will remove pockets of trapped air that are taking up space that hot water should be using. This results to cold spots in the radiators that will cause it to not heat properly. Learn how to do this here. Regularly check the pipes. The pipes take a lot of strain from the pressure. Make it a habit to check the pipes and look for leaks. Be aware of the sound coming from the system. Clanking sounds can be a sign that the boiler is kettling, which means that there might be limescale build up in the heat exchangers causing the water to become too hot. Read more about what to do when you have a noisy boiler. Check the water tank.  Water tanks that are tucked away in basements or lofts and it is not uncommon for them to be forgotten. It is important that you check your water tank every few months for leaks, cracks or other irregularities. Prevent the pipes from freezing during cold weather. Extremely low temperatures can cause bursting or leaking of central heating pipes. You can insulate the...
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