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1. Check to make sure you have adequate loft and cavity wall  insulation - there are a range of government grants available, visit the energy saving trust website for further information http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/.  A good tip is to note whether snow melts on your roof before your neighbours, if it does then it is likely that your insulation can be improved.


2. Where possible, install thermostats on individual radiators, this allows you to control the temperature levels in individual rooms and saves energy in the rooms you do not use such as spare bedrooms.  Radiator thermostats work independently of the main wall thermostat meaning that you can have different temperatures in individual rooms when the heating is on. Remote control and programmable thermostats are also available for added control.  


3. Keep doors open to rooms or hall ways that have a wall thermostat, to allow the thermostat to maintain the room temperature you want to live at.  Ideally rooms used all the time such as living rooms should not fall below 18 degrees celsius.


4. It is better to leave a  thermostat set to a constant 18 degrees celsius throughout the winter than to keep switching on and off,  as it takes less energy than heating a house from cold.  Try maintaining the  thermostat at the lowest comfortable temperature, as reducing the wall thermostat temperature by one or two degrees will save you money off your annual heating bill.


5. A regular, professional, annual boiler service and heating check will help keep your system running more efficiently and cleanly.  The dirt in your boiler and radiators hinders their performance and so costing you more in the long run.  Servicing will help reduce fuel bills and running costs no matter what the age of the appliance.


6. Fit draught excluders to external doors and letter boxes to limit heat escaping.  Do not block air bricks though as they help to keep your house free from damp.  Condensation can build up on walls and heat travels more quickly through damp surfaces.


7. If you have a fire place you are not using, fit a chimney balloon to reduce heat loss.

How to keep gas bills down.....

As a heating engineer I often get asked what the difference is between CORGI and the Gas Safe Register. The answer is straight forward; in April 2009 the CORGI Register became the Gas Safe Register.  Understandably, some customers are still confused by this, so I hope the information below is useful:

The CORGI register operated for 17 years so everyone remembers the CORGI gas man, but this registration is no longer what you need to look for when you have gas work carried out. The contract to run the register was given to a different body and the name changed.  If you’re uncertain about the credibility of the gas engineer you use, remember to check that the installer holds a valid Gas Safe Register card.  You can do this by entering their 7 digit ID code, which can be found at the top of their ID card, on the register’s website http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/help/check_an_engineer.aspx

You can also:

Check by phone. Gas Safe Register also offers a telephone service for finding and checking registered businesses and engineers. Call their free helpline on 0800 408 5500.

Check by text. To check an engineer simply text Gas then the engineer's licence number on their ID card to 85080.  You will receive a text message confirming if the licence card number is registered.


CORGI and The Gas Safe Register

Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, which can be caused by unsafe central heating systems, gas cookers or gas fires. Gas Safety Week which takes place in September aims to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances.Badly fitted and poorly serviced appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions as well as carbon monoxide poisoning. Using an illegal gas fitter can put lives at risk, only a Gas Safe registered engineer should carry out gas work.

Follow these tips to keep you and your family SAFE:


* Make sure gas appliances have a regular service and a gas safety check every 12 months

* Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm

* Look out for warning signs that your gas appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room

* Make sure only a Gas Safe registered engineer works on your gas appliances. Illegal gas fitters can put your life at risk. Always check the engineer's Gas Safe Register ID card


Gas safety week 18-24th September 2017