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Advice for your customers: How they can save money by using heating controls effectively
29/08/2012
Advice for your customers: How they can save money by using heating controls effectively_1

Your customers should all know that installing an efficient new boiler can reduce their energy bills, but are they aware that getting modern heating controls installed (and using them effectively) can cut energy use by an extra 18%? Here are some handy money saving tips you can pass their way:

 

Use the programmer

End users can avoid wasting energy if you advise them to only programme their heating to come on when it’s needed – not when the house is empty. The best programmers offer customised timings for every day of the week, as well as allowing an override of the normal pattern.

 

Keep water temperature under control

Setting the temperature on the hot water cylinder thermostat to 60-65°C will help customers avoid overheating (and help prevent scalding).

 

Look after your thermostat

Ensure the room thermostat is installed in the room that the householder uses the most – and that it isn’t covered by curtains or blocked by furniture. This is important, as it requires a free flow of air in order to monitor the room temperature accurately!

 

Turn the thermostat down!

Unsurprisingly, reducing room temperatures will cut energy use. Educating end users to turn the room thermostat down by 1°C can reduce the amount of energy needed to heat the space by between 6 and 10%.

 

Adjust the radiators

Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) control the temperature of the radiators in each room. Remind your client base that these should be set to a low level and gradually turned up until the rooms are at a comfortable temperature.

 

Boost radiator efficiency

As with the room thermostat, make sure customers haven’t covered their radiators with curtains or blocked them with furniture – otherwise heat will not be circulated properly.

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