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Reduce Your Heating Flow Temperature On Your Combi Boiler Your Heating Flow Temperature Handles The Temperature That Your Boiler Heats Water Up To, Before Sending It Off To Your Radiators. This Is Usually Set Too High For Most Combi Boilers To Run At Maximum Efficiency. Lower Flow Temperatures Result In A More Efficient Combi Boiler. Reducing Your Flow Temperature From 80℃ To 60℃ Could Mean An Annual Saving Of Up To £112 For The Typical Household. Cut Your Winter Heating Bills

How to cut your winter heating bills

Getting warm and cosy on these long winter nights is always nice, but it inevitably means higher heating bills. But don’t worry, there are some simple tricks to save money and keep your home warm and comfy that might also save you a few quid. 

 So here are our tips to stay warm and keep your budget in check. 

Insulation is key 

Let’s start with insulation. Without insulation, you’ll simply lose all the heat you generate. Your roof is most important so make sure your loft has at least between 250mm and 270mm of good quality insulation. There more the better. A quarter of the heat you generate is lost through your roof so the efficiency gains here are obvious. Plus, it’s easy to do and not too expensive and you’ll start saving money as soon as you’re insulated! 

Next, it’s your walls. Houses built since the 1920s are likely to have cavity walls. Make sure these are insulated. By properly insulating cavity walls, you will save energy and cut costs off your heating bill. 

In general, houses built from the 1990s onwards have wall insulation to keep the heat in, but if your house is older than that, it may not have any wall insulation at all. 

Pre-1920 older houses are more likely to have solid walls with no cavity; each wall is a single solid wall, usually made of brick or stone. 

Solid walls can still be insulated, either internally or externally but there are some drawbacks. External wall insulation can be a bit disruptive and internal wall insulation means you can lose up to 10cm of internal space. If your home has period features, these may also be lost with internal insulation covering them. 

Every home is different but as a first measure and an easy win, check your loft, you’ll notice a difference in how warm your home is as soon as its insulated properly. 

Did you also know that in the UK, there are insulation grants available to help cover the cost of all types of insulation? These grants, offered under various government schemes, can help you insulate your loft, walls, and floors, making your home more energy-efficient and reducing your heating bills.  

Warma UK is here to assist you through your grant application process. Simply click on the button below to check whether you are eligible. 

See if you're eligible for free insulation grant

See if you're eligible for free insulation grant

Tune-up your heating system

Keeping your heating system in tip top shape is essential. A well-maintained boiler or furnace runs more efficiently and uses less energy. Boilers should be serviced every year to clean filters, check for leaks and so on. This is something best left to the professionals so if your boiler hasn’t had some attention in a while, get a service booked in.

An old or inefficient boiler can be one of the main culprits of high energy bills. Upgrading to a newer, more efficient model can also save you money on your heating costs. If your boiler is more than 15 years old, it might be time for an upgrade as modern boilers are far more energy-efficient, and in the UK, you might be eligible for a boiler upgrade grant. These grants can help offset the installation cost of a more energy-efficient model, leading to significant savings on your heating bills and a reduced carbon footprint.

Warma UK steps in here, offering assistance in applying for free grants available for boiler upgrades. 

Switch to a heat pump

Now we’re talking! In 2023 more than 40,000 households across the UK made the switch to using a heat pump to power their central heating and moving away from gas. Up 25% on 2022.

This was made much easier thanks to the Government increasing its grant to people wanting to install a heat pump by 50% to £7,500. This increase means that even with the additional cost on top of the grant homeowners had to pay, a heat pump now works out cheaper to install than a gas boiler.

Despite a lot of misinformation published about heat pumps, more and more people are becoming aware of their power to cut bills and give you a warma home. In 2023 the largest heat pump owner satisfaction survey was conducted by NESTA, the UK’s innovation charity where they spoke to more than 2,500 heat pump owners alongside 1,000 gas boiler owners. The results were a resounding thumbs up for heat pumps with more than 80% of people being satisfied or more than satisfied. This compared to just 59% of gas boiler owners.

Satisfaction levels were similar for households living in Victorian or older properties and new builds which finally puts to bed concerns that heat pumps are only effective in modern buildings or those that have undergone extensive energy efficiency upgrades.

Interested in a heat pump but concerned about the upfront costs? Don’t worry, check our eligibility for to see if you could have a heat pump installed along with other energy efficiency measures through a government grant scheme.

See if you're eligible for air source heat pump grant

See if you're eligible for air source heat pump grant

Install a programmable thermostat:

A programmable thermostat is a small investment that pays off big. It allows you to set specific temperatures for different times of the day. Lowering the temperature when you’re asleep or out of the house can significantly reduce your heating bill. Some of the latest models even learn your schedule and adjust automatically.

Seal the leaks

Draughty windows and doors are notorious for letting precious heat escape. Simple DIY fixes like applying weather stripping or using draft stoppers can make a noticeable difference. It’s an inexpensive yet effective way to keep the warmth where it belongs – inside your home.

Reduce your heating flow temperature on your combi boiler

Your heating flow temperature handles the temperature that your boiler heats water up to, before sending it off to your radiators. This is usually set too high for most combi boilers to run at maximum efficiency.

Lower flow temperatures result in a more efficient combi boiler. Reducing your flow temperature from 80℃ to 60℃ could mean an annual saving of up to £112 for the typical household.

Don’t heat the rooms you’re not using

It may seem obvious, but if you rarely go into a spare room then why waste energy heating it? Turn the radiator down (or off completely, though beware of the risk of frost) and you’ll use less energy by not heating a room you rarely use.

Save on your bills with Warma UK

Save money on your winter heating bills by combining intelligent home improvements with practical daily routines. Consider taking advantage of grants to insulate your home, upgrade your boiler, or transition to a more environmentally friendly option like a heat pump. Every small step counts.

Warma UK is there to help you out with these grants, making it easier for you to make your home warm and efficient without spending a fortune. With our expert guidance, getting your home ready for a warm and budget-friendly winter is a lot easier. So, stay toasty and save money in a smart way!

See if you're eligible for free heating grant

See if you're eligible for free heating grant

Athira Harish