Choosing gas for cooking and heating means choosing sustainable energy. Gas produces less harmful emissions (CO2, sulphur, nitrogen, fine dust) than many other fossil fuels. And that makes it good for the environment, your wallet and your boiler.
Economise on energy costs, not on comfort, with these 10 tips:
- Read your boiler's maintenance booklet carefully for optimal efficiency. Set it at a temperature of between 50 and 60°C.
- Put aluminium foil behind the radiators to reflect the heat into the room.
- Insulate hot water pipes running through unheated spaces. Don’t forget crawl spaces or the attic.
- Areas such as the hall, empty rooms and storage rooms hardly need to be heated. If possible, adjust the heating there to the frost setting, or 15°C at most. In the rooms where you spend the most time, a temperature of 20°C is OK.
- Don't put off insulating your roof any longer. A lot of heat can escape through a poorly insulated roof.
- Are you connected to gas for your heating? Opt for a gas cooker too. It's the cheapest way to cook!
- Cook with a lid on the pan wherever possible. Cooking without a lid uses three times as much energy.
- Briefly air rooms: fresh, oxygen-rich air will reach the desired temperature more quickly.
- Bleed your radiators. They will then fill up with hot water more quickly.
- Does an appliance need replacing? If so, choose a new appliance with a high eco-efficiency rating.
You can easily use less energy and make substantial savings on your energy bill by applying these simple points:
- If you turn down your thermostat by 1°C, you will save 5 to 7% on average.
- Curtains or blinds provide extra insulation for your windows. By closing them at night, you can save up to 50%.
- Having your boiler serviced once a year by an accredited specialist will make your gas use up to 20% more efficient.
- Install a water-saving shower head. This uses up to 40% less water and energy than an ordinary shower head.