Saving on your heating can be done in countless ways. One example is hiring a local company that is an expert in heating can save you more money than not maintaining your heating system. With that said, here we listed all the saving tips for you. One tip is obvious, the other will surprise you. And even though some measures will cost you some money now, you will eventually save on your heating costs.
What is your consumption?
First, you need to know how high your consumption is. Is this high or low compared to an average situation? Do you want to know more about Energy Saving? Then take a look at the Knowledge Centre for Energy Saving, here you will find many relevant articles.
Saving on gas
Most saving tips are based on a gas central heating boiler. If you have a central heating boiler on fuel oil or wood, there are other measures to be taken. Most households want to save on their gas consumption. Gas consumption usually determines 2/3 of the energy bill, there is often still a lot of profit to be made. With an average household, you quickly talk about € 100 per year, regardless of the benefits for the environment. In addition, your house can get a more favorable energy label, which increases the appraisal value.
Saving on heating: burning natural gas
- Choose a central heating boiler with sufficient capacity: a central heating boiler with too low power is working overtime to keep your house at temperature. If you opt for an economical boiler, it will do its job in peace – so with low gas consumption. On this site, you will find more information about calculating the right power.
- Choose an (ultra-efficient) HR boiler: do you still have an old-fashioned central heating boiler hanging? Then the efficiency of your gas consumption is a maximum of 80%. With the latest HR boilers, an efficiency of 100 to even 107% is possible. With a UHR boiler (Ultra High Efficiency) you can even save more than that.
- Have your boiler maintained: modern central heating boilers also become contaminated during consumption, which can reduce efficiency by up to 10%. If you opt for annual maintenance, the efficiency of your central heating boiler remains the same.
- Save extra on heating with a solar water heater; by connecting a solar water heater to your heating system, you can drastically reduce gas consumption. How much you can save depends on many factors. Ask the installer for a calculation based on your specific living situation.
- Save extra on heating with a heat pump; a heat pump, just like a solar water heater, ensures that gas consumption is reduced. In this case, the central heating boiler uses heat that is extracted from the earth or air to heat the water in the central heating pipes. How much you save depends on many factors. Ask the installer for a calculation based on your specific living situation.
Saving on heating: change your habits
- Shower shorter: by showering one minute shorter per person, gas and water consumption quickly drops by 10% on an annual basis. And so is the energy bill.
- Turn down the heating: if the average Dutch person sets his heating one degree lower than normal as a standard, 7% can already be saved on the energy bill. With that money, you can buy some nice sweaters.
- Turn off the heating earlier: many people do not turn off their heating until they go to bed. Do this an hour earlier and snuggle under a blanket. An annual saving of 4%.
Saving on heating: take measures
- Double glazing: windows often cover a large part of the exterior walls. A huge amount of heat escapes through single glazing. Conventional double glazing already retains much more heat. If you really want to save money, choose HR++ glazing. This type of glass keeps heat inside and allows heat from the sun to pass through extra well.
- Keep interior doors closed: do not leave doors of heated rooms unnecessarily open. Drafts are created immediately, which means that the central heating boiler has to work harder to keep the room warm.
- Place water savers: in addition to heating, a combi boiler provides hot tap water. The less water that goes through the tap, the less your boiler consumes. So place water savers on your taps and shower heads. The water pressure remains the same, you do not notice it and you save up to 50% on your water consumption.
Saving on heating: did you know…
- Breathing and perspiration make the air in the house humid. Ventilate your home for fifteen minutes a day (door or window open), so that dry outside air enters. Heating up dry air costs your central heating boiler less power.
- Curtains form an extra layer of insulation for your windows. Closing the curtains earlier is not only cozy but also energy-conscious.
- The curtains should be open when the sun shines on your windows. The sun’s rays heat your room(s) for free and for nothing.
- Wind on your outside wall causes your home to cool down faster. Is there often wind on the same wall? Consider shielding it, for example with a fence or hedge. You will see that your house cools less quickly and your central heating boiler consumes less.
Extra tips for saving on heating
- Insulate windows and (interior) doors with draft strips.
- Place a draft brush or draft flap in front of your mailbox.
- Place draft brushes under your interior doors.
- Do not hang anything over your radiators, this lowers the heating capacity.
- Buy special radiator foil and place it between the wall and the radiator, so that the heat does not go into the wall, but into the room.
- If there is a curtain in front of the radiator, take a thermostatic valve with a remote sensor. This ensures more precise control of the temperature and thus savings.
- Do you hardly use your attic or not at all? Make sure it is closed off from the first floor or provide extra insulation for the loft.
- Insulate the visible hot water pipes with special foam covers. This keeps the water in the pipe at a better temperature. Per meter of insulated pipe, this quickly saves 10 m3 of gas per year.
- Does your chimney not yet have a draft valve? Place these and prevent heat from escaping from your home.