Here at Plumr, we understand the stress and importance of keeping your utility bills to a minimum. It can be difficult to work out if your monthly cost of heating your home is as low as it could be whilst provide you with the service you require. Different sized homes and different systems will have an average monthly cost per month. We’ve outlined some tips below to help you reduce your utility bills whilst still having access to the heat and hot water you need.
Different Types Of Energy Costs
Heating your home and having access to hot water is essential for being comfortable. We use kilowatt-hours (kWh) as a standard measurement to work out what you will need to heat your home. The guide is 1 kWh used to keep a 1,000-watt appliance running for an hour. Whether you use natural gas, fuel, oil, or electricity it’s best to measure the energy in kWh.
It’s not possible to work out exactly how much gas heating costs per hour as it can’t be separated from total gas household use. But you can use the method above to isolate how much energy your home requires for heating. This can help you create a rough estimate of how much your heating costs per year. Work out your yearly energy usage and compare this to your unit rate.
Electric Central Heating Cost
If your boiler is electric, again it is not possible to separate costs to highlight heating exactly. Again you use the method of highlighting your yearly usage, comparing this to your unit rate, and break down the costs. If your unit rate was 14.4p and you use 10,000kWh of energy on heating a year, your total would be £1,400.
Average Cost to Heat a House
The average cost of heating a home in the UK is typically around £400 – £500 per month. However, this is all dependent on property size and usage demands. You would need to work out how much energy you require, and again compare it with unit costs. This will help you to understand if you’re being charged the amount you should be. It’s always best to ensure that you are with the right supplier for you. Comparing deals on price comparison sites is a good way to cut utility bills.
How Can I Use Less Energy?
Highlighting your yearly or monthly costs for central heating usage may make you more conscious of the energy you use. There are ways to lower your energy usage. Simple tips such as turning off heating and electrical appliances when they are not needed to work great. Using energy-efficient light bulbs will also have a positive impact on your energy usage.
Insulating your home will mean you require less heating from your system. However, one of the most effective ways to keep your heating bills to a minimum is to get your boiler annually serviced to replace broken parts and prevent possible breakdowns and emergency plumbing costs.