First Published: May 15, 2023. Updated: May 24, 2023
Central Heating Costs
The discussion surrounding central heating costs and energy prices is unavoidable in 2023 and beyond.
Issues with gas supply shortages have caused prices to rise, creating a cost of living crisis.
As we approach the colder months of the year, many UK residents wonder just how much it will cost them to keep their houses warm through the winter.
This article will provide a brief idea of how much you can expect your heating bills to cost this winter.
However, we will also share some of our top tips on saving money on your energy bills.
If you have any questions surrounding the cost of central heating or how the energy crisis will affect how you heat your home, contact Boilerhut today.
What is central heating?
Central heating involves a series of pipes and radiators which are connected to your boiler. The function of this system is to heat the whole of your home or a proportion of it.
The primary type of central heating system installed within homes across the UK is powered by a gas boiler. This is because the main energy source for homes across the country is connected to the gas network. This type of system is currently the cheapest way to heat homes.
The central heating system generates heat within the boiler. Hot water is pumped from the boiler through pipes that are installed throughout the house. These pipes pump hot water through radiators which are located in different rooms. The radiators are designed to release heat into the surrounding area through a process called convection. The heated air circulates throughout the house, increasing the temperature.
How much does it cost to use central heating?
The extreme increase in energy bills is one of the most significant factors in the cost of living crisis within the UK. Residents are growing increasingly worried that they won’t be able to afford the cost of heating this winter.
The cause of this worry is clear. Whilst the typical cost of heating UK homes in 2018 was around £560 per year, it has been suggested that the typical household should expect to pay up to £2,500 annually to heat their homes. That should be 12,000 to 14,000 units of gas per year at 0.12p per unit.
Old systems with thin pipes and old, highly sludged radiators will be inefficient. If you’re on electricity, it is generally recommended to switch to a gas condensing boiler. Electricity costs 0.33p per unit, which is three times that of gas. Below is a list of the most affordable heating fuels by cost in descending order, which means cheapest first:
- Natural Gas (On grid)
Unfortunately, it has reached the point where this type of cost has become unavoidable.
The government is offering a £400 discount to all households in the UK through the Energy Bills Support Scheme; this will barely make a dent in the total energy cost this winter.
What affects the cost of central heating?
To understand why your central heating costs are so high, it is crucial to understand the factors that affect the price you will pay for gas.
Size of your home
The size of your property, along with factors like insulation and double glazing, will significantly affect the cost of heating your home.
Smaller well-insulated homes require considerably less energy to heat the space. Meanwhile, a larger home with multiple rooms, and open spaces will need far more energy to heat the area.
The per unit cost of fuel
Across most of the UK, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is used to generate heat within our homes. The cost of LPG is continually changing, especially in recent times.
Heating companies will alter the cost of gas following the unit cost of fuel.
Therefore, when switching providers or evaluating the affordability of your current tariff, you should carefully assess their rates to ensure you select the best deal.
The efficiency of your heating system
When attempting to reduce the cost of your central heating system, old appliances tend to be the most significant hindrance.
Modern technology rapidly outdates previous appliances by continually improving the standards of efficiency.
Furthermore, appliances also degrade over time, costing you more in the long run.
Heating requirements of household members
Different households will have various capacities for heating. Whilst many individuals will brave the cold and continue to wrap up in blankets, some will require the heating to maintain their health.
Elderly individuals and those with health conditions will suffer the most without using central heating. Therefore, their costs are likely higher than most households.
Upgrade your boiler to reduce central heating costs
If your boiler is over 12 years old or has started to reduce efficiency, you will likely find that replacing the appliance saves you considerable amounts of money in the long run.
With each new model, today’s central heating boilers are designed to be far more energy efficient.
Brand-new condensing boilers are available in both combination and regular models. Combination boilers create heat for the central heating system and hot water taps simultaneously, whilst regular boilers will generate heat for the central heating and heat a quantity of water stored in a tank until requested from the tap.
Condensing boiler technology is highly efficient and helps tremendously with central heating costs. It extracts heat from the flue gases that boilers produce during the heating process. Non-condensing boilers expel this gas, whilst condensing boilers re-use it to continue heating the water within the system. This means less gas is used when heating the same quantity of water.
Depending on how often you use it and the size of your home, we generally cannot escape central heating costs.
With typical households expected to pay around £2,500 this year for their energy consumption, we understand that central heating costs consume a devastatingly significant proportion of the cost of living.
Whilst there are some energy-saving tips and advice, properties with older boilers will find that the most cost-effective solution would be to replace their boiler.
If you are interested in upgrading your boiler to reduce central heating costs, contact us today. We offer an extensive range of the highest quality boilers on the market, with appliances that suit every budget. We can offer expert guidance on the ideal boiler for your property and even provide hassle-free installation and removal of your existing appliance.