FUEL SAVING TIPS
Campus Oil’s value guarantee for our home heating oil Dublin customers:
Campus is committed to enabling customers achieve energy savings, 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.
1. Turn down the temperature on your thermostat
Turning down your thermostat by one or two degrees can have a major effect on your home heating oil usage! 20°C is a very comfortable temperature for living spaces while 16°C is sufficient for bedroom areas.
2. 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
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Use a smart home heating control or timer
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. New devices on the market like NEST and CLIMOTE will allow you set or change your timer remotely.
8. Use heating control zones
Most modern heating systems are zoned, meaning you can isolate different areas of your house that you are not using, like a spare sitting rooms, bedrooms etc, also ensure you turn off radiators in unused rooms and keep all doors closed.