Insulate, Insulate, Insulate

  • Make sure your loft insulation is 2.5 inches or more.
  • Consider cavity wall insulation if it would suit your home. (There are circumstances where properties would suffer dampness issues if cavity wall insulation was installed, so use a trusted surveyor before proceeding with this.)
  • Check the seals around all doors and windows for draughts.
  • Check the insulation around your hot water tank.

Protect Your Boiler and Oil Tank

  • Make sure your boiler is serviced at least once a year (this includes making sure you have your nozzle changed).
  • Consider using premium heating oil and/or additives in order to maximize the efficiency between services.
  • Put a fence around your oil tank.
  • Add a lock to your tank. Secure the fill points and your vent.
  • Install an alarmed tank monitor.

Short-Term Investments:

  • Install thermostatic radiator valves (TRV’s) on your radiators and adjust as required.
  • Install an electronic descaler. These are relatively inexpensive, but the removal of scale, especially in the boiler and water tank, will make your system much more efficient.
  • Have your heating system treated with sentinel or a similar product.
  • Install double or secondary glazing.

Long-Term Investments:

  • Install a wood stove with a back boiler to feed radiators and hot water.
  • Upgrade your boiler if it is an old non-condensing type. Modern condensing boilers are around 90-92% efficient. If you live in a smaller home and have relatively low hot water usage, consider upgrading to a combination boiler which only heats the water you actually use.

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  • Use caution when trimming and mowing around your oil tank. Be very careful not to cut your oil tank feed pipe.