21-27 January 2019
The Big Energy Saving Week started on the 21st January 2019. It is a national campaign organised by Citizens advice to help people cut their energy bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.
The week focuses on raising public awareness of how to save money on energy costs by switching energy supplier or tariff, accessing discounts or grants, and making homes more energy efficient.
As part of the Big Energy Saving Week. OFTEC and the FPS have released a few tips on how heating oil users could reduce their energy bills this winter.
1. When was the last time I bled my radiator?
Bleeding your radiators will help to increase heating efficiency during cold weather.
2. How old is my thermostat?
Many homes have a simple thermostat which sets one temperature for the whole house. Installing a more advanced system will enable you to set different temperatures for each room throughout the day and even control your heating remotely, saving money by only heating those you use.
3 .When was the last time I had my boiler serviced?
It is important that you service your boiler at least once a year, in particular during colder months and use an OFTEC (for oil and solid fuel) or GasSafe (for mains gas) registered technician. This will ensure it is working efficiently and help you avoid potential costly breakdowns.
4. How much oil is left in the tank?
Make sure you check the level of oil in your tank on a regular basis as you may be using more in winter. We recommend that you plan in advance and tell your local FPS accredited heating oil supplier when you are running low; this will ensure you are prioritised by your supplier and that your tank is topped up in good time. If you are considering joining an oil buying group the FPS has a pros and cons guide which can be found at www.oilsave.org.uk
5. Is my boiler the most efficient?
One out of three households still rely on an old, less efficient boiler. By purchasing a modern, condensing model you could potentially reduce your fuel bills by over 20%.
If you are worried about your oil tank or would like some more information on the different oil level gauges we offer, please call us on 01722 714514.
For more information please visit the following websites:
Big Energy Saving Week; www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/our-cam.