With fuel poverty on the rise and winter well on its way, energy efficiency is more important than ever. If you want to make your oil supply go further this season, check out our useful tips for easy ways to stay warm for less!
1) Invest in Insulation
According to the Energy Saving Trust, around 60% of the warmth that is lost from your home escapes through the walls or roof. Invest in roof insulation (the recommended minimum is 10 inches), use draft excluders and close your curtains during the evening to keep your home warm and reduce your fuel use.
2) Dial It down
While it’s important to stay warm over winter, you don’t always need to turn up the heat to stay snug when it’s cold. Throw on an extra jumper, pile on the blankets and dial your thermostat down by just one degree to cut your fuel use by up to 10%!
3) Bleed Your Radiators
If there is excess air trapped in your central heating system, it can take longer for your radiators to heat up. By bleeding your radiators at least twice a year, you can make sure that your boiler isn’t working harder than necessary (and burning more fuel than necessary) to heat your home.
4) Bulk Buying
Buying in bulk is one of the easiest ways to get a discount on your oil, as larger order volumes often qualify for a lower ‘bulk’ price. However, you don’t have to be a member of a buying club to take advantage of these savings.
When you order with BoilerJuice we automatically group your order with others in the same area, to help you get a great bulk-buy price every day of the week.
5) Green Gadgets
There are a number of affordable, energy-saving gadgets that can help you to keep your home warm over winter. Pop an insulation panel behind your radiators to reflect heat back into the room, or invest in a radiator booster, which will circulate any warm air that would have been lost behind the radiator around your home.
6) Service Your Boiler
Oil boilers have a tendency to soot-up, which can reduce your boiler’s efficiency by up to 8%. This means that your boiler could be working harder and using more fuel than necessary to heat your home. By booking an annual service with an OFTEC registered technician, you can improve your boiler’s efficiency and reduce the chance of expensive breakdowns or maintenance issues over winter.
7) Protect Your Supply
Heating oil thefts typically increase over winter, as dark nights make it easier for thieves to go undetected. However, by installing security lights, adding a lock to your tank or making sure that your garden gate is bolted, you can take steps to protect your supply and save money in the long run.
8) Pick up an Additive
As well as upgrading your fuel, adding a heating oil additive to your tank can help to improve the efficiency of your boiler, reduce the chance of breakdowns and prevent the build up of tank sludge, rust and debris. With one bottle treating up to 1,400 litres of oil, it’s an easy, inexpensive way to make your supply last longer.
Have we missed anything? Share your own money-saving tips in the comments below.