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Fuel Saving Tips This Winter

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Campus is committed to enabling customers achieve energy savings, and we strive for a sustainable future by assisting customers use our fuels in the most efficient manner, thus allowing customers to save money whilst protecting the environment.

As we head into the winter season, many of us are dialing up the home heating – but there’s no need for it to cost you a fortune. With just a few simple tweaks you can make sure you’re not wasting your household heating.

Follow these fuel saving tips this winter:

1. Service your boiler annually

Like most items that are in regular use, it is much easier to maintain, than to repair. There are so many parts inside a boiler, a simple annual service can provide a hassle free system for years on end.
Servicing your boiler is important to ensure:

– Its continued efficient and safe use
– A longer life
– A reduced possibility of breakdown
– You are kept in constant warmth
– An efficient boiler creates more energy for less, reducing your energy costs

2. Check your home insulation

Insulation evenly distributed throughout your home generally produces better results than additional insulation applied to only one or two areas. It is better to have a good overall level of insulation than, for example, a highly insulated roof with no wall insulation. If you’re not in a position to do a complete insulation review of your home, it is always worth ensuring that your roof/loft/attic is well insulated. Almost 25% of your homes heat can be lost straight up through the roof, meaning this can be a quick route to improving your homes heat retention.

3. Check your hot water cylinder

One of the quickest and simplest ways to save energy in your home is to insulate your hot water cylinder and pipes. Hot water will stay hot longer and you will save money on heating it by fitting a lagging jacket. An 80mm jacket can cut heat loss by 75% and could pay for itself in just a few months. Even if your cylinder is already insulated, if the jacket is less than 75mm thick, it is worth getting a new one. Care should be taken not to cover the cap of the electric immersion heater with the lagging jacket.

If you need to replace your cylinder, choose one with a preformed foam insulation jacket. This is more efficient and less bulky than a cylinder with a separate jacket.

4. Check your home heating system for leaks

Check your home heating system for leaks regularly, any oil or water leaks will have a negative effect on your heating system, thus preventing it from operating at its optimum level. Do a visual inspection for signs of leaks around your boiler, oil tank, valves, flanges and pipe work.

5. Use a smart home heating control or timer

The World Health Organisation recommendation is that all occupied rooms are kept at a minimum of 18°C in a household. This can be controlled in a more efficient manner by utilising smart home heating controls. Ensure you only heat your house when you need to by using a smart home heating control or a timer. Set your heating to come on only when you need it, most modern controls will allow you set variable schedules for 7 days, meaning you can get your heating to ramp up when you need it most, or to turn on when you get within a certain range of your front door. New devices on the market like Nest, Hive and Climote will allow you set or change your timer remotely. These can generally be purchased from most electronics shops in Ireland.

6. Electric Heaters

When buying heaters, make sure they are the right size for the rooms they are to heat. Electric heaters consume electricity at the most expensive charge rate, and attempting to heat rooms that are too large for the heater size can lead to significant costs.

Another tip with electric heaters and radiators is to keep your large furniture away from them, as the foam in larger upholstered furniture acts as a heat insulator and can slow the heat from making it into the room itself.

7. When possible avoid ordering small quantities of home heating oil

The more litres you buy the better the price! You will get better value for money on larger orders as the cost of delivery is reduced due to efficiencies. At Campus we always offer our lowest price online, so get your home heating oil quote now