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The Boiler Upgrade Scheme is designed to help homeowners, self-builders and landlords upgrade their properties from gas/oil boiler (or electric heating) to an Air Source heat pump. The scheme works by offering a voucher of up to £5000 towards the work needed to upgrade.

End User will need to have the system installed by an MCS-approved installer to take advantage of the scheme. MCS register installers can be found here.

Air Source Heat Pumps can be found here.

How Many UK Homes Have a High Use of Electricity in Each Area?

Energy prices are already at record levels and are set to continue to increase

How to Save Electricity at Home

1. Turn off standby

What’s the point of paying for electricity if you’re not using it? Even though your appliances and electronics are turned off, they’re still using small amounts of energy. Turning off appliances and electronics means you’re stopping waste in your bank and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We suggest plugging less frequently used electronics into a separate socket so that there not switched on even when you’re using something else.

Electronics that use standby power include:

2. Clean out your fridge and freezer

An easy way to save electricity in your home is to clean out your fridge.  Your fridge and freezer run 24/7 making it one of the biggest drivers of energy usage on your bills.

Getting rid of thick ice in your freezer means the appliance runs more efficiently to save your bills.

The coils under your fridge remove warmth from the unit. When the coils get dirty, they won’t lose heat as easily. Removing this dirt and dust will reduce your bills and make your home more energy efficient and can extend your fridge's life.

After you finish cleaning the coils, leave a few inches between the back of the fridge and the wall to allow air to circulate better.

3. Switch to LED Light Bulbs

LED lighting is extremely energy efficient and the push around these light bulbs is completely justified. On average LED light bulbs are four to five times as efficient as incandescent lights and measurably more efficient than fluorescent lighting. This is due to producing a large amount of light at a lower wattage, resulting in huge savings over the year.

Your average electricity bill will vary depending on how many people are in a household, having a better understanding of your electricity bill means you won’t pay more than you need to.

British Gas, 2022

Not only will LED lights to save you money but are more environmentally friendly as this light contains no toxic chemicals, win-win!

4. Be smart about water

How to save heating efficiency

1. Install a smart thermostat

Did your last month’s bill seem more? With a smart thermostat, you can track your energy usage using real-time data. You can see when you used the most energy in your home and how this can affect future bills, it also offers suggestions to save energy!

Smart thermostats can make your heating more efficient by only warming the rooms you are using. This can be controlled by your phone which means you can have your home at the right temperature at the right time. So you don’t have to go back to a cold home!

2. Update your boiler!

Old boilers cost more to run than new ones, upgrading your boiler can help save significant amounts. Although buying a new boiler can cost up to £4,000 and isn’t initially a cheap purchase, that one large sum will save money on your bills over time.

Depending on your household regular boilers are brilliant for large families who need plenty of hot water. Whereas smaller households who need less hot water can save money with a combi boiler. Speak to our team of experts and look at our products.

3. Clean your radiator

Radiators are commonly used in your home but are the least cleaned appliance. Built-up dust can cause your radiator to stop working efficiently and ultimately increases your heating bill.

Top Tips:

4. Set your thermostatic radiator valves low

You should set the thermostatic radiator valves in each room at a low level, then gradually turn them up until the room’s left at a comfortable temperature. Turning up the valves won’t make your room heat up any faster it will just continue to heat the room.

Make sure to position furniture away, this easily reduces your heating bills as your home will be able to circulate efficiently.

If you make everyday small changes this has a large impact in the long term on your energy and heating bills and you’re running a more sustainable lifestyle!

Brushed Nickel is a common choice for modern bathrooms as it adds a statement to your home. Interest from consumers in brushed nickel has increased over the last twelve months, as sales have seen a 60% rise (Origins living, 2022).

Brushed Nickel is thought to age better than traditional stainless steel as well as has a softer-looking design.

Why is Brushed Nickel a preferred colour choice?

First of all, Brushed Nickel requires low maintenance and is easy to clean due to the textured surface hiding watermarks and fingerprints. Metal such as Chrome tends to require extensive upkeep to maintain due to the reflective surface. 

Another benefit is that it looks more expensive than Chrome. While it isn’t necessarily as trendy as a brushed gold or a matte black finish, Brushed Nickel appears more premium as well as aesthetically appealing.

Why Brushed Nickel over Chrome?

chrome and brushed nickel finished taps

Brushed Nickel and Brushed Chrome are the two most common finishes. Both are durable and, most importantly, close in cost. Although Brushed Nickel and Chrome share some qualities, Brushed Nickel finish tends to hold up longer than Chrome. 

When choosing showers, you look for one with high durability. The prolonged exposure to moisture and humidity in a shower requires the resilience of Brushed Nickel.

Lastly, if you have a warm colour theme featuring oranges, reds, and yellows, Brushed Nickel will be the perfect finish to compliment your bathroom.

What type of Bathroom accessories comes in Brushed Nickel?

The most common bathroom accessory that comes in brushed nickel is a tap. Designers also recommend paying attention to showers and mirrors. However, we collected some unusual accessories for you to create a trendy and unique design.

- Towel bars

towel rack

Towel bar is a perfect way to dry your towels quickly. Moreover, it can bring comfort and uniqueness to every bathroom. It is time to get rid of an old boring metal towel rack and choose a stylish and durable one in brushed nickel. 

No matter whether you are into the loft, Scandinavian or classic interiors. It will suit any taste and budget. 

- Grab bars

grab bar

Grab bar is a safety device designed to enable a person to maintain balance, lessen fatigue while standing, hold some of their weight while maneuvering, or have something to grab onto in case of a slip or fall. 

Grab bars should be both comfortable and stylish. A brushed nickel finish is an excellent choice because it is unusual and easy to clean. Choose one to add something special to your bathroom. 

- Tissue paper holders

Such a small thing as a tissue paper holder can improve your bathroom’s design or make it look cheap and tasteless. There are so many choices on the market, but it is time to add brushed nickel items to your home. 

Tissue paper holders are usually not so expensive and easy to install, so you can easily try different types and finishes to see what is the best for you.

- Robe Hooks

Robe hooks are must-haves for every bathroom. Each decor should be both stylish and comfortable. A good robe hook will add one more storage for your clothes, towels, and more. 

Details are vital. If you are not confident enough to add something special to your design, small accessories such as hooks and tissue paper holders can be a safe way to start creating your unique bathroom. 

To conclude, Brushed Nickel is the choice for you if you want something classy and durable but still affordable. Changing the finish from a standard chrome to a stylish brushed nickel, you can bring a comfortable and unique addition to your bathroom.