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....

How to Winter Proof Your Home

With the cold weather in full swing, you will find these winter proof -ing tips useful. It has been predicted that winter this year will be one of the coldest, and perhaps you have already started to experience the frost bite leading up to December. Here are our winter proof -ing tips to keep your home warm and cosy throughout the rest of the c0ld season. Winter Proof the Outside of Your Home Roof: Check your roof and replace cracked or missing tiles. These can let rain in, causing the roof to become damp and rot. Gutters: Clean your gutters and remove leaves and other debris so that melted snow can flow freely to help prevent damp from getting into your walls. Walls: Seal the cracks in the outside walls of your home and use weather proofing to seal the openings or gaps in roof openings. Vents: Regularly remove snow that may be blocking your vents that are bringing air into your home for your heating system. Pipes: Make sure that the pipes are not cracked, repair ones that are damaged. Insulate pipes that are exposed to the elements to prevent them from freezing. Winter Proof the Inside of Your Home Draught proofing: Draught proof your windows, doors and floors. Even the keyholes on your doors can cause heat loss. Use draught sealant on your doors and windows and draught excluder for your doors. Loft, basement or attic: Make sure these rooms are properly insulated. Adequate insulation can help reduce heat loss inside your home. Just having your loft properly insulated can save you up to £175 annually. Curtains: Close your curtains,...

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...

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...

Carbon Monoxide Myths Debunked

Believing false carbon monoxide myths can be extremely dangerous. Carbon monoxide is very often misunderstood. There are lots of carbon monoxide myths that are being passed on from one person to the next. What’s dangerous about this is that carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the top causes of accidental poisoning and wrong information can lead to hospitalization or even death. Here are some carbon monoxide myths debunked: MYTH: You could smell carbon monoxide when you turn on your boiler. FACT: This gas is odorless, colorless and tasteless, hence the nickname ‘silent killer’. What you are likely smelling are combustion byproducts which should also be addressed right away. MYTH: Carbon monoxide problems are caused by old heating systems. FACT: Yes, old HVAC units including air conditioners and boilers that are not functioning properly can emit carbon monoxide. However, this is not the only cause. Carbon monoxide also build up when your heating system is not vented properly or the air in your home does not circulate well, like when you have clogged up chimneys. Pain remover chemicals can also cause CO poisoning. MYTH: Heating systems must be checked every two to three years to make sure they are properly functioning. FACT: A boiler service must be done annually. MYTH: Carbon monoxide is not too dangerous. FACT: Carbon monoxide kills more than 500 people in the US annually from unintentional poisoning and is the most common type of fatal indoor air poisoning anywhere. MYTH: People who have inhaled the gas in poisonous levels do not show physical symptoms. FACT: Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms include nausea, headache, burning eyes, confusion, drowsiness, and loss...
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