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How to keep bills down when you turn up the heat.

IT'S getting colder and that means it'll soon be time to whack on the heating again.

But how do you keep the bills under control and your system energy efficient? Here are a few handy tips to get you through autumn and winter.

1 Many older radiators can't be adjusted, so they're either on or off, which isn't flexible or energy efficient.

Fitting adjustable valves, preferably thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs), can give you more control over the output of each radiator.

Replacing pipework sensible Martyn Bridges, of boiler makers Worcester, Bosch Group, said: "I would always recommend fitting TRVs, as they offer individual room comfort and save energy by not allowing rooms to overheat.

it's 30-years "They regulate or cut off the flow of hot water to individual radiators, while the programmer and room thermostat control the heat to the whole house."

In rooms where TRVs aren't usually fitted, including bathrooms, halls and landings, try chrome Verona valves instead (PS10.99 for an angled or straight pair, Screwfix). These valves look more attractive than most, are very reasonably priced and come with a three-year guarantee.

2 If your central heating system hasn't been updated in years, replacing the radiators and pipework can be a good idea.

Most modern radiators are more efficient than old ones, so you should be able to get smaller ones that produce more heat.

Martin said: "Replacing the pipework or radiators doesn't happen that often, but is a sensible move if the system is 30 or 40 years old, depending on the condition of the pipework and radiators."

3 It may sound obvious, but if you cover radiators with curtains or put furniture in front of them, you'll block much of the heat and stop it circulating around the room.

If you can't move the furniture, consider moving or changing the radiators instead - vertical radiators are ideal when there's little free wall space.

is if 40 4 old A simple but effective way to get more out of your radiators is to fit radiator foil behind them. The foil reflects heat back into the room, so you benefit from more of it.

This is an especially good idea on external walls. Also, central heating and hot water pipes that give off heat should be insulated to reduce the amount of heat loss, to save you money.

5 Did you know that turning down your room thermostat by just 1C could reduce your heating bills by as much as 10 per cent? Setting the thermostat to between 18C and 21C should ensure your home maintains a comfortable temperature, and your central heating system won't have to work as hard to reach the desired temperature. ?Find out more at

Replacing pipework is sensible if it's 30-40 years old


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 23, 2015
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