Feeling HOT in Kent? Take a shower!

Contributed by editor on May 27, 2017 - 08:45 AM


Summer may seem an unlikely time to think about your home heating but making a few changes during the warmer months will pay dividends when winter strikes.


Swale Heating, the largest independent heating company in East Kent, is helping homeowners reduce the impact of rising bills by issuing top tips on easy ways to manage energy use.

The firm’s Matthew Edwards says: “People say the only two certain things in life are death and taxes. I think you can add rising energy prices to that list. But there are lots of steps you can take to keep your heating bills as low as possible.”

Top of Matthew’s summer checklist is get your boiler serviced. Breakdowns are much less likely and you can ensure it’s safer and more efficient, so reducing your energy bills. As a special summer deal for our readers, Swale Heating is offering a standard boiler service for £50 including VAT – saving nearly 30% on its usual rate of £70 incl VAT!

To book your boiler service with one of the firm’s fully qualified engineers just call Swale Heating on 01795 477098 and pre-pay for your service, quoting your special code SH098. This summer deal applies to new customers only.

Matthew’s other top tips for saving money on your heating costs are:

- Lower your hot water temperature. Your thermostat needn’t be higher than 60 degrees Centigrade (140 degrees Fahrenheit). Any higher and you’ll only be mixing it with cold water to cool it back down for use

- Buy a new insulation jacket for your hot water tank – around £15. It should be 75mm or three inches thick and could save up to £35 per year

- Check your system settings. An efficient room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves can reduce the energy your boiler consumes by up to 40%

- Lower the central heating thermostat by one degree. You won’t notice the difference but the reduction can shave £55 from an annual bill

- Invest in a programmer like the Nest Learning Thermostat, an ingenious product that’s helping customers cut their fuel bills by up to 29% a year. The Nest app allows you to control your heating via your smartphone, tablet or computer

- Replace an old G-rated boiler with an efficient A-rated new one and you could reduce your energy consumption by a third and save up to £350 (according to the Energy Savings Trust) per year on your gas bill

- Compare energy tariffs to make sure you’re getting the best deal

- Fit draught excluders around doors, windows, letterboxes and keyholes but don’t block any air vents which ensure that the boiler operates safely

- Take a shower! A daily bath uses about 13,000 litres more water per year than a five-minute shower.

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