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6 Barry Plumbing Secrets to Save Money on Energy Bills

Barry plumbing providers were busy during the 2018 Beast from the East, repairing boilers that broke or ceased to function, or thawing frozen condensate pipes.  Barry is a beautiful town in the Vale of Glamorgan known for its beautiful beaches and parks, but also for sub zero temperatures during winter.  It is prudent then, if you’re living in Barry, to make sure you have a high efficiency boiler that can save you over 40% on your energy bills.  If your existing boiler is barely chugging along, it’d be a good idea to look for replacements.  You can start by getting an online boiler quote for a Barry plumbing boiler replacement by hitting the green button below:

1. Replace Your Old Boiler with a Condensing Boiler

60% of the money you spend on an energy bill is through the boiler.  All new gas boilers installed in England and Wales now have to be condensing boilers.  This is a great step forward in environmentally friendly heating, with fuel savings of up to 35% compared to conventional boilers.

So, by replacing your existing boiler with an A-rated condensing boiler will save a lot of your hard earned cash, and make a big difference on your energy bills over time too.  Why is that?

Condensing Boilers are Highly Efficient

Boilers older than 12 years are in most instances non-condensing boiler.  Modern boilers are condensing boilers.  Condensing boilers save energy by condensing water vapour in the exhaust gases, recovering its latent heat by way of vaporisation, which older non-condensing boilers let go in waste.  This condensed vapour exits the system in liquid form through a drain.  Condensing boilers are above 90% efficient.  A very few top of the line boilers like the Viessmann 200-W are close to 98% efficient, and in some cases even 100% efficient with the help of weather compensation sensors and internet enabled learning thermostats like Nest.  Of course the 200-W is unique and costs a bit more than your usual boilers in the market.  In fact no other manufacturer has a boiler quite like it.

How do Condensing Boilers make a Difference to Your Energy Bills?

Higher the efficiency of your boiler, lesser fuel gets wasted.  So, for example, if you have a back boiler that’s 20 years old and has had many repairs over the years, chances are its internal components are completely worn down and corroded.  So, it may be operating at 70% or even 50% efficiency.  Which means 30% to 50% of the fuel going into the boiler is being wasted, whether it’s Mains Gas, LPG or Oil.  In monetary terms, for every £100 you are spending on energy bills, you are losing £30 to £50.  With a modern condensing boiler running at 94% efficiency, you’re only losing £6 for every £100 you spend.  That difference of £24 to £44 adds up to a massive total over time.

2. Get Better Insulation for Your Home

It is no secret that good insulation makes one of the biggest difference to your home heating.  About a third of what you spend on energy bills is lost through your walls.  Plus it’s more uncomfortable during winters without good insulation, especially if it’s windy and cold outside.  Cavity wall insulation can save you upwards of £150 on energy bills per year.  And loft insulation with a thickness of 270mm in a semi-detached house with 3 bedrooms, can save upwards of £130 every year.  Insulation, along with Barry plumbing boiler installation of a condensing boiler, can help you shave off between £500 to £700 off your energy bills per year.

3. Use a Smart Programmable or Learning Thermostat

Instead of leaving your thermostat on all day long, it’s always a good idea to program it so that it only comes on at certain times during the day.  For example if you’re a professional working from 9 am to 5 pm, it’s a good idea to program your thermostat to turn down the heating and hot water during those times and conserve energy.  There are plenty of options available in the market, from the affordable, Boiler Plus Compliant EPH’s Combi Pack 4 Programmable Thermostat to more advanced Internet enabled Nest 3rd-gen Learning Thermostat and other options.  EPH’s offering is digital, wireless, and you can program it as you’d like.  Nest learning thermostat programs itself.  Below is a brief video explaining how it works:

Turn your Thermostat Down

Don’t expect your central heating to take care of all your problems, toughen up!  😀  Instead of increasing the temperature every time your indoor temperature drops, put on a sweater and socks, get active, or have a warm tea.  The Energy Saving Trust reports that reducing your room temperature by even 1ºC can save you up to £80 per year on energy bills.

Manage your TRVs

If you have thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) on each radiator, you can turn those down in rooms very rarely used.  There are Barry plumbing smart TRVs available like the ones from Tado as well.

barry plumbing smart TRV

These can be controlled from your smartphone, so you can turn down individual radiators in different rooms in your house from your phone.

4. Weather Compensation

You can save a further 15% on your energy bills with Weather Compensation.  It’s a fairly small investment compared to Barry plumbing boiler replacement and insulation costs.  With a simple north facing outdoor sensor and some clever controls, it can help you save 15% more fuel each year.  What’s more, high efficiency boilers regulate the temperature inside your home automatically, keeping the indoor temperature pleasant, whatever the weather outside.  This gives you peace of mind because you don’t have to fiddle around with your thermostat all day long if the weather keeps changing.

How does Weather Compensation Work?

Barry plumbing companies like Boilerhut can install a small temperature sensor on a north facing wall of the outside of the building (if feasible).  This sensor is connected to the internal controls of the boiler, so that the outside temperature information is sent to the boiler controller constantly.  Every time there is a change in the temperature outside, the boiler will start to increase or decrease the radiator temperature to compensate.  So, while you’re sipping your tea watching the latest episode of Doctor Who, you won’t even notice the temperature change outside.  For example, during colder temperatures during the night, more heat is lost through the walls of the building, especially if your house is not properly insulated.  With Weather Compensation though, the outdoor sensor detects the temperature drop as soon as it happens.  Which triggers the boiler to raise the radiator temperature and keep the inside temperature stable.  Without Weather Compensation, the temperature inside your home is dependent on a room thermostat, which only changes if the indoor temperature becomes too hot or too cold.  The diagrams below explain this in further detail:

barry plumbing weather compensation

5. Buy Energy Saving Appliances

Whether it’s light bulbs or TV or washing machines or other appliances, look for their energy efficiency rating, usually A.  Don’t try and save money in the short term by buying cheap appliances with an energy rating of C or below.  Because whatever you will save in the short term, will end up costing you more over the long term.  Same stands true for boilers.  If you go for cheaper boilers, they might not be as energy efficient or reliable as top of the line boilers like Viessmann or Worcester Bosch.  For example, Viessmann boilers have a patented inox-radial stainless steel heat exchangers inside, which are highly efficient and less prone to corrosion compared to other brands.  For other white good appliances like washing machines, tumble dryers and refrigerators, swapping them with more energy efficient models can save you an average of £250 per year on energy bills.

6. Choose the Best Barry Plumbing Boiler Installation Company

If you’re looking to replace your existing boiler with a high efficiency condensing boiler and with extra options like:

  • Weather Compensation
  • Smart Learning Thermostats
  • Microbubble Deaerators and Magnetic filters

etc. etc. it’s important to choose the right Barry plumbing boiler installer to do the job for you.  Whether it’s combi boiler installation or anything else, it’s prudent to do your research, look at online reviews and make the right decision.  Not to toot our own horn, but Boilerhut are one of the best boiler installation companies in the UK.  You can read Boilerhut reviews on the web and judge for yourself.  To become part of the Boilerhut family, please enter your postcode below and hit the green button:

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