Central Heating Systems

Plumbing Tips

Heat Services Network Boiler Service Boiler Maintenance Energy saving tips.
1. Have the Boiler Serviced annually - the summer is the best time. All Service Engineers are extremely busy during the winter.
2. Are the timer/ programmer set correctly? Is your thermostat set too high and possibly save you €€€€.
3. Fit thermostatic radiator valves in all rooms to allow you to control temperatures - don't heat up rooms unnecessarily
4. Ensure all pipes are lagged/ insulated correctly.
5. Insulate your loft - most heat escapes through your roof.
6. Check for draughts around windows/ doors & letterboxes and insulate if necessary.
7. Older boilers can be inefficient - modern combination or condensing boilers are much more energy efficient

If you smell gas
If you believe you can smell gas: There are a number of cheap and easy energy efficiency measures which you can take in order to make your home energy friendly. In taking these simple steps you'll not only save money but you'll also be helping to save the environment. Start saving money now!
Water Saving Tips - Water Efficiency in the home
Conserving water in the home not only saves you money, it also helps to protect the environment.

On average, we all use 160 litres of water a day in the home for cooking, drinking and washing. Modern appliances, such as washing machines and dishwashers can assist us with our daily chores, but use large amounts of water. By making some small changes in our daily routine, we can start to save water in our homes.

Approximately 80% of household water use is at the washbasin. Don't leave the tap running while you brush your teeth, shave or wash your hands as this can waste up to 5 Litres of water per minute.
A 5 minute shower uses about a third of the water of a bath:
Spray taps typically save up to 80% of the water and energy used with standard pillar taps.
Each cycle of a washing machine uses up to 100 litres, so make sure you only use your washing machine when you have a full load.
When purchasing an appliance, choose one that is water efficient.
Wash your car with a bucket and sponge. A hosepipe can use up to 100 litres of water an hour.
Leaking taps - one drip per second wastes 15 litres of water per day. Drips can also stain your bath or sink and the tap seating could be permanently damaged.

Up to 20% of heat lost from a home is lost through the roof. Effective attic insulation can pay for itself within two to three years.

Hot Water Cylinder
A lagging jacket on the hot water cylinder will keep water hotter for longer and pay for itself within a few months.

For a given area of wall or window, a window will allow up to eight times more heat to escape.

As much as one quarter of the heat lost from a house can be lost through the walls. Properly insulating walls can reduce this by two-thirds.

Badly fitting windows and external doors can account for more than one-sixth of heat loss.
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