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Energy Efficiency

Code of Practice on the Efficient Use of Gas

There are many ways to use natural gas around your home. You can save money and help the environment if you use it efficiently. Enjoy the convenience of this clean and versatile fuel by following some simple advice.

If you would like more information, please contact:

Bryson Energy

Phone: 0800 1422 865
Webwww.brysonenergy.org

Environmentally friendly natural gas

Natural gas is the most environmentally friendly fossil fuel. Switching to natural gas reduces the levels of sulphur, particulates and carbon dioxide in the air. In comparison with other fossil fuels, natural gas burns with minimum waste and emissions.

How to reduce the amount of natural gas you use

Heat can escape from your home in many ways – through the roof, walls, windows and floors and by draughts. If you require assistance with any energy efficiency matter we can help you over the telephone or send you our Energy Efficiency Booklet. Please call 0345 900 5253 to speak to one of our trained staff.
You can make a significant difference to the amount of natural gas you use and save money if you follow these useful hints.

Useful hints

Check your room temperature

Don’t open doors or windows to cool a room. Instead, control the temperature with low cost Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs). You could save up to 10% off your heating bill if you reduce the temperature by 1ºC. Try to reduce the temperature gradually until you find a comfortable level. It takes a few hours for your whole house to change to the new temperature.

Check your hot water temperature

Have a thermostat fitted to your hot water system. You can set this to make sure you don’t heat water more than necessary. The normal maximum temperature for stored hot water is 60ºC.

Avoid paying too much for hot water

Make sure your cylinder’s insulating jacket is at least 75mm (three inches) thick and meets all relevant British Standards. If you have a thin jacket on your cylinder, add a second jacket over it. Taking a shower is normally cheaper than having a bath.

Control your central heating

Use your central heating sensibly - only switch on your central heating when you need it. This saves money and avoids wasting energy. As a guide use your timer to set your heating to go off 30 minutes before you go out for the day or go to bed.
Help to prevent burst pipes in winter. If you are away from home for a long time, program your heating to come on for a few short periods each day and set the thermostat to low or install frost protection controls.

Don't heat rooms you don't use

In unused rooms, make sure radiators are turned down low. Shut doors and windows. Air the room occasionally and check for condensation or mould. Don’t turn off the radiator next to a room thermostat. This gives a false idea of the temperature in the rest of the house.
If you use natural gas heaters or fires, save money by turning them off if you leave the room for any length of time. Natural gas heats a room very quickly once the appliance is switched back on.

Don't let heat escape

Don’t open windows when your heating is on. If your house is too warm, turn the heating down. If you need more air, open the door to that room. Consider installing double-glazing and draught-proofing doors. This can save you money and makes your house more comfortable.
Heavy lined curtains are excellent at retaining heat. Make sure they don’t cover your radiators. If possible, use curtains with heat-reflective, insulated lining. However, be careful not to block air vents in your rooms where fossil fuels are being used.

Boiler Servicing

An inefficient boiler will waste energy. Service your boiler annually to help ensure it operates both safely and at optimum efficiency. Always ensure work is carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.

Energy Efficiency Natural Gas Appliances

Some of the latest natural gas appliances are over 90% efficient. The current lifespan of a boiler is around 12 years. Fitting an A-rated high efficiency condensing boiler with the correct heating and hot water controls can make a huge difference to your heating bills over time.

There may be grants and offers available to help you install an energy efficient heating system. To enquire about available grants please contact 0300 200 7874 for information on the government's Affordable Warmth scheme. Alternatively please contact Bryson Energy on 0800 1422 865 or visit www.brysonenergy.org.

You must use a Gas Safe Registered Installer for all natural gas installations and servicing at your home. For a list of Gas Safe Registered Installers you can contact 0800 408 5500 or online at www.gassaferegister.co.uk

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