We progress quickly through spring into summer. While turning off the heating is the first thing on our minds once the sun starts to set, here are five tips that can help you save on energy bills during spring.
After months of cold, cold winters, sunny spring days can be tempting to turn off the heating as quickly as possible—especially with the cost of energy and heating bills rising lately.
However, rather than turning it off completely now, spring is actually the perfect time to start preparing your heating system for summer when it isn’t being used much.
Daniel Nezhad of UK Radiator advises us to follow some simple heating tips in order to maintain an efficient heating system, and save us money on energy bills over the years.
Try not to turn off the kettle
Turning the boiler off to turn off the heating means you turn off the hot water as well. So it is better to leave the kettle running.
Instead of turning it off, try adjusting the thermostat or control panel settings to provide hot water, not heating.
The only downside to this is if you prefer to use a year-round central heating towel rail, as this means you have to turn on the heating.
One thing you can do to get around this problem is to use a dual fuel towel rail, as these systems are value for money even if central heating is the most cost-effective option in the winter months.
Instead of turning on the central heating in the summer only to dry the towels in the bathroom, invest in dual fuel systems that give you the benefits of central heating with more flexibility and control.
Reduce the heating temperature
As the days start to warm up, reduce the amount of time it takes to heat up, especially when you’re not at home.
Evenings tend to be cool even in the spring, so leave the heater on during these hours. But even so, lower the temperature to make sure you don’t waste heat.
The ideal temperature to risk not getting too hot with the vagaries of the weather is a minimum of 18 degrees.
Clean your system in the spring
Spring is usually the time to deep clean your home—from ceilings to baseboards. Your heating system is also ready for a deep spring cleaning.
Dusty or dirty radiators are not painful to the eyes but also reduce heating efficiency. Not only does dust clog radiators, but other issues such as rust and dirt can also affect the look and function of radiators.
Cleaning the radiators can save money and also make sure you’re ready in case you need to turn it on unexpectedly even during the warmest days.
Take advantage of the sunlight
The sun is a blessing in terms of heating especially for the rooms facing south and southwest.
Brighter mornings and longer evenings not only mean less lighting use, but less heating use as sunlight streams in and rooms stay warm.
So, the best time is to keep the blinds and blinds open in your sunrooms to get as much natural light and warmth as possible.
The added advantage of using sunlight as an energy source is that you can even dry your clothes outside if you can, which in turn means you’re wearing wet clothes on cold radiators and causing external damage like corrosion and rust.
Turn the boiler on occasionally during the summer
You may not need to run your boiler during the summer, but it’s a good idea to turn it on occasionally to make sure it’s working properly.
Similar to the battery in your car, if you don’t turn on the heating occasionally, you may find that the central heating won’t turn on when you come to use it in the fall.
So, just turn on the heating once a month and wait until the radiators start to war. This will prevent the pump and diverter valve, which direct water around the heating system, from spilling out later when you really need heating.