Saving Energy and Reducing Fuel Bills

Heating your home

  • Keep living rooms and bedrooms heated to 21°C, other rooms in your home should be heated to 18°C.
  • If your boiler is 15 years old consider replacing it with a modern A-rated condensing boiler. Replacing an old G-rated boiler and full controls could save up to £300 a year.
  • Apply good controls to your heating system including a programmable room thermostat, thermostatic radiator valves, hot water cylinder thermostat and a boiler thermostat. Room thermostats and thermostatic radiator valves could save around £70-£150 alone.
  • You can get advanced controls where weather compensators measure the outdoor air temperature and fire the boiler accordingly saving money and energy.
  • Improve insulation levels, insulating a solid wall could save £460 a year.
  • Homes where gas is not available rely on electricity, oil or solid fuels to heat the home, these types of fuel can be expensive and result in higher energy bills. Renewable technologies are well suited to these properties. To find out about grants and loans to help with improving the energy performance of your home visit Energy Grants Loans and Discount Schemes

Oil Clubs

Many rural households in Wealden that are off the gas grid use oil as their primary heating fuel.

Oil clubs are a great way of reducing fuel bills in these homes. To set up an oil club you need about 20 people and a co-ordinator. The club can collectively purchase oil, discounts are often given for bulk purchasing. Collectively buying oil also reduces the amount of journeys made when oil is delivered to rural locations.

Find out more information about Oil Clubs (external link)

Park Homes

There are approximately 1000 park homes in Wealden. Park homes generally have poor insulation and use expensive forms of heating such as electricity or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Park homes tend to have solid wall insulation and are therefore eligible for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding. Since the energy use in a park home is lower than most homes the savings tend to be less. More information on ECO funding  can be found on the Housing Energy Grants webpage