Month: December 2015

12 Days of Energy Savings

The Christmas season can be costly, and not just in terms of all the presents and extra food that you need to buy. It can also cost more on your energy bills, so now is the ideal time to look at ways of becoming more energy-efficient to reduce your usage.

12 Days of Energy Savings  Anchor Pumps

1. Use a Timer

Many households have decorative lights on over the festive period. To save money, you can use a light timer so that they go on and off when needed.

2. Choose LED Lights

If you’re buying new Christmas lights, consider the LED options. They might cost a bit more to purchase, but they will last longer and use considerably less energy than traditional versions.

3. Turn the Heating Down

Having your heating pumps working all the time will put a strain on your finances. Just turning down your thermostat by a degree or so won’t affect the level of heat in the house, but you will notice a difference in the cost.

4. Have an Energy Audit

If you want to discover the best ways to save energy and how you are currently wasting it, you should invest in a home energy audit.

5. Fit a Thermostat

You don’t want the heating on all day if you’re not there, but it is nice to come back to a warm home. A programmable thermostat will let you set the heating to turn on and off at the right time.

6. Save Energy When Cooking

Even cooking the traditional Christmas dinner can use more energy than is necessary if you’re not careful. There are some easy changes you can make that will save energy, such as using a saucepan that’s not too big and not opening the oven door unnecessarily.

7. Install a New Central Heating Pump

Modern central heating pumps, such as those available from Anchor Pumps, are more efficient than older models, so installing a new one could be a good investment.

8. Switch It Off

Even appliances that you’re not using will be wasting energy. Switch off televisions and audio appliances rather than just leaving them on standby, and turn off chargers when your gadgets are fully charged.

9. Insulate Your Pipes

A simple measure such as wrapping your water pipes to insulate them can save you money. It will help to keep your water warmer and reduce your energy usage.

Read our top tips for protecting your pipes this winter here.

10. Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances

If you’re buying new appliances or gadgets for Christmas, then check the energy-efficiency rating of them and buy the best you can.

11. Make Use of the Sun

There might not be much sunlight at this time of the year, but you can still make the most of it. Open the curtains so that the sun can warm up your home naturally and for free.

12. Reduce Draughts

Draughts from windows and doors can result in significant heat loss. Check for gaps, and seal these up to limit the energy that is wasted.

Merry Christmas from all the team at Anchor Pumps!

Anchor Pumps Tips: Cutting the Cost of Heating Your Home

Heating your home is one of the biggest costs you face during the winter months. Of course, you can’t do without heating at all, but there are some things you can do to reduce your heating bills this winter. 

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Turn Down the Thermostat

It may sound strange, but you can turn down your thermostat by a couple of degrees and still have a warm house while making significant energy savings. Most people have their thermostat set to around 20 degrees, so turning it down to 18 will make little difference. It’s also pointless to turn your thermostat up in winter – doing so won’t make the house warm up any faster, and you’ll waste energy by making it too hot.

Check Your Timer

Are you heating your home when you’re not in? Older timers allow you to turn your heating on and off twice a day, but more modern ones are more flexible. Consider setting it to turn the heat off about 15 minutes before you go out or go to bed, as the house will retain residual heat for some time.

Service Your Boiler

It’s a good idea to have your boiler serviced before the winter sets in. This will ensure that it’s working efficiently as well as minimising the risk of a breakdown. Make sure that all of the ancillaries such as heating pumps and diverter valves are checked at the same time.

Cut Out Draughts

Draught-proofing your doors and windows is cheap and easy but makes a big difference to how warm your home feels. If you’re only occupying one or two rooms, close internal doors to keep the heat in.

Check Your Insulation

Warm air rises, so most heat is lost through the roof. If you’re looking at improving your home insulation, the loft is the best place to start. Windows are the next biggest source of heat loss, so make sure they’re in good condition and double-glazed. If you have a property with cavity walls, you may want to consider insulating them too, but note that this isn’t suitable for some properties – those in exposed areas, for example.

For more top tips, check out the Anchor Pumps infographic, helping you save more on
heating and water bills this winter! 

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter!

Temperatures can plummet during the cold winter months, which can cause the pipes in your home to freeze. In the worst-case scenario, the pipes could go on to burst, which could result in extensive damage, not what you need just before Christmas!

There are lots of ways in which you can protect your home from frozen and burst pipes, and it’s also good to know that there are ways to deal with the damage should the worst happen. To help, the team here at Anchor Pumps share their advice;

frozen pipes

There are a number of reasons why your pipes might freeze during periods of very cold weather. Pipes that are insufficiently insulated will be prone to freezing, as will those that are exposed to draughts due to damage at the location where they come into your home. Other vulnerable pipes include those that are tucked away inside cupboards that may not receive enough warm air.

Perhaps surprisingly, pipes don’t generally burst at the spot that they freeze. First the water freezes, which causes it to expand inside the pipe. This leads to a build-up of pressure between the ice and the faucet. As the pressure builds, the pipe will eventually give way and burst.

This sequence of events can be avoided in many cases with some basic DIY. Ensure that both your loft space and the sides of the water tanks and properly insulated. One excellent deterrent against burst pipes is to lag them (that is, wrap them in a special insulating and strengthening foam). And if you have noticed that you have any dripping taps, do replace the washers as a matter of priority.

The majority of boilers these days come with a built-in thermostat which detects significant drops in temperature and will automatically trigger your boiler to switch on if your pipes are in danger of freezing. It’s wise to check that your boiler has this facility and that it is working correctly. On particularly cold days you could also consider opening any key cupboard doors and the loft hatch to allow warm air to circulate more effectively.

On really cold days, or if you are planning to be away from home for several nights, it is advisable to either leave your central heating on constantly at a low setting or time it to come on several times a day to keep the temperature at a constant level. In addition, it really is essential to know where your stopcock is located and how to turn it off. Tell anyone who has a key to your property where it is too so that they could access it in an emergency.

If you are unlucky and your pipes do freeze despite your best preventative efforts, there are solutions that will help you deal with the consequences. Anchor Pumps stocks a range of high-quality submersible pumps which will ensure that the clean-up process is as efficient and stress-free as possible.