Thursday, January 20, 2022

FEEL THE HEAT Things you need to do NOW to get the most out of your radiators and save on energy bills

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MILLIONS of households feel the pressure on their pockets and the cold twinge on their cheeks as winter hits full throttle.

 

And with rising energy costs, it’s important to get the most out of your heating to reduce unnecessarily high energy bills.

 

Last October, the energy price cap was raised to £1,277 by energy regulator Ofgem, adding £139 to the average bill.

 

But in the cold winter months, it’s not so easy to turn off the heating to ease skyrocketing bills.

 

Although some households are doing just that, as the cost of living crisis is forcing some families to choose between heating or eating out.

 

For others, rising energy bills mean a debt burden of £760 for electricity and £605 for gas, according to Citizens Advice.

 

Meanwhile, other energy companies like Together Energy are on the brink of collapse, which would affect another 170,000 customers in addition to those whose providers previously went bust.

 

Martin Lewis warned Brits earlier this year that energy bills could soar to £600 in months, but as little can be done about it, The Sun turned to energy experts for advice on how to most cost-effectively heat a home.

 

If you’re planning on keeping the heating on, here are seven radiator tips you might not know to help get rid of the winter chills in your home.

 

Energy Helpline energy expert Tashema Jackson points out that foil siding behind radiators can prevent heat from escaping the home.

 

You can buy foil siding online and install it yourself, which is an inexpensive way to conserve heat.

 

But Tashema warned that this tip is only really useful on radiators that are on an outward-facing wall where heat is most likely to escape, otherwise it might not be worth it.

 

Rust on your radiator could indicate a leak.

 

Tashema said any damage to your radiator cowling will reduce the amount of heat it puts out and skyrocket your bill as you try to get your home up to temperature.

 

Not to mention that leaks that go unnoticed can penetrate floorboards or ceilings and cause other problems that may require attention in the future, such as: B. Spotting.

 

Bleeding a radiator is a quick job that takes seconds, but many people can forget about it.

 

By bleeding them, you remove trapped air that can create cold spots and prevent your cooler from performing at its best.

 

All you need is a radiator wrench and some old clothes or sheets to catch any water that spills out. Never bleed a radiator when the boiler is on as you could scald yourself.

 

Tashema says bleeding your radiator at least once a year is a must, otherwise they’re not doing any good to keep your home warm, no matter how long you leave your boiler on.

 

If this is your first time bleeding a radiator, there are many free videos on YouTube that will show you how.

 

A simple trick that sure makes a difference.

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