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Energy price increase

It’s been hard to miss information regarding energy bills over the past few months, and you may have seen news regarding the ongoing energy dilemma. Unfortunately, there isn't much that can be done to avoid an increase however there are some key factors to consider as our yearly bills go up. Is your boiler efficient? If your boiler is non-condensing and maybe getting on a bit now it could be a great time to consider a replacement to an A-rated boiler, not only will you save on energy but you will gain from a warranty should anything go wrong, you will most likely see increased performance over your old boiler, upgrading controls such as thermostats and programmers can also be a huge benefit in reducing costs. 

If your boiler is a condensing boiler and works well it would certainly be a good time to not only get the boiler serviced to check that it is working to its maximum potential and avoid repairs but also to gain advice on the best way to run the boiler through the winter months and make sure that everything is set up correctly. From experience, I find many customers I see do not use their boiler in an efficient way and with some simple guidance and slight changes can easily reduce the amount of gas they are using to heat their homes and hot water. 

Keeping the heating system clean and radiators bled and balanced is another way of maximising the heat output in you're home and in doing so you can find this not only allows you to run the heating for less time but can also cut wastage in heating rooms that aren't possibly needed. 

As we go into Spring and the weather improves, boilers/heating etc can get a little forgotten. This is a perfect time of year to make sure you're whole heating system is up to date, efficient and working well. 

Thank you, 

Tony