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Lowering heating bills with automated energy devices and good home management

automated energy devices

Automated energy devices such as smart thermostats are becoming more popular. According to the manufacturers, they can reduce your heating bills anywhere between 12% and 25%. However, the exact amount of savings you can achieve with these remote devices varies. It does depend on how practical you are with operating the heating in your home in the first place.

What automatic energy devices do is make you more aware of your circumstances and relative settings through the use of their apps. This encourages you to be more proactive, which means you can get the most out of the technology. But only if you are okay with using apps in the first place.

If you are into using apps like this, then automated energy devices can deliver savings.

It’s possible to install these types of devices yourself if you’re comfortable with DIY – particularly plumbing and electrical DIY. If you’re not, it’s best to call in the professionals. In the South London area, CW Services Plumbing and Heating are here to help.

Automated energy devices are only part of the picture

Automated energy devices can help to save you money, but of course, you have to spend money to acquire them in the first place. If you use them to the fullest extent, you will recover your initial outlay in time. There are, however, other things you can do without splashing out any serious money. It simply entails getting the best out of what you already have.

Over the years any central heating system that uses heated water will degrade. A build-up of dirt and silt is unavoidable with time. When this happens, your system won’t operate as efficiently as it should. This will push the operating costs up.

You will also find that your hot water boiler becomes less efficient over time. Components wear out, and settings have to be changed. If these things are not attended to, they will contribute to inefficient operation, again costing you money.

Take extra care with gas appliances

If you have gas heating appliances and they are not professionally maintained, they could emit CO poisoning. It is why it is so important to have all gas appliances maintained by a Gas Safe registered plumber or fitter on an annual basis.

However you want to cut down your energy bills, CW Services can help. Whether it is with fitting automated energy devices or making the best of what you already have. We are Gas Safe registered. It means we can ensure that your gas appliances are not only working efficiently but that they are safe to use too.

If you’d like to chat with someone about automated energy devices, why not give us a call? You can reach on either 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184. With the cold weather beginning to bite, now is a good time to save on your heating bills. Why not get in touch with us today?

Will a remote thermostat installation save money?

remote thermostat installation

If you would like to know whether remote a thermostat installation will save you money, the answer is yes, it could. It’s something you should explore. With the cost of living constantly on the rise and all of the current uncertainty about Brexit, rising costs are likely to accelerate.

So, if you are looking to reduce your outgoings, having a remote thermostat to control your heating may be a good way of keeping your heating bills low. It would also be good for the environment too.

Ecobee or Nest?

There are several so-called “smart thermostats” on the market here in the UK today including Ecobee and Nest. Ecobee claim that their devices can save an average of 23% as regards heating and cooling bills. Nest split their claims down saying they can save 10-12% on heating bills and 15% of cooling bills.

You do, however, need to be a little bit careful with manufacturers’ claims. Remember that they are out to sell their products in the first place. It means that the information they advertise is slanted in their favour. According to “Which,” the savings the makers profess assume you leave your heating on most of the time. This may or may not be the case.

If you are considering going for a remote thermostat installation, Ecobee and Nest are probably the two you will want to check out. There are other systems, but these two are prominent in the UK. There are however more Nest installations than Ecobee. According to the Gadgescentral.co.uk website, the Nest third generation remote thermostat is the best option.

Will a remote thermostat installation work with your heating system?

Remote thermostat installation is becoming more popular. However, as the technology is relatively new, many people are unaware of the compatibility requirements. For example, if you have an older style HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning) system installed, a remote thermostat may not work.

If you want to be sure a remote thermostat installation will work with your heating system, call CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We are based in South London and are one of the top Nest installers in the area.

We may be able to advise you over the phone, or if necessary, come to your home or place of work. We provide services to the domestic and the business sectors. We do not charge for site visits.

Other ways of reducing your heating costs

If you are searching for ways of reducing your heating bills, a remote thermostat installation is one of several options. You can have your central heating system flushed through using our Power Flush technology. You can also employ us to service and maintain your hot water boiler. The more efficient your boiler, the more economical it is to run.

If your central heating system is gas-fired, you’ll be pleased to hear that CW Services are Gas Safe registered.

Whatever your plumbing or heating needs we are here to help. Why not call us today on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184?

When should you book a boiler repair in South London?

boiler repair in South London

Book a boiler repair in South London as soon as you know your boiler is malfunctioning. The same goes whether the boiler is electric or gas-fired.

If your boiler stops working altogether, you’ll want to fix it straight away from a convenience point of view. But if it’s not running efficiently, you ought to get it repaired or serviced from the cost angle. An inefficient boiler will result in higher bills. But that’s not all.

The dangers of CO emissions

If you have a gas-fired boiler, it could be emitting CO gas. CO is the abbreviation for Carbon Monoxide. It is invisible, and it has no odour. In other words, it is impossible to detect without the proper equipment. If your appliance is not burning its fuel efficiently, it could be poisoning you. In a confined environment, this can be deadly.

Whereas you can appoint any plumber to carry out a boiler repair in South London, only a Gas Safe registered plumber can work of gas appliances or piping. Their special training teaches them the correct way to service or repair boilers, fires, and gas cookers ensuring they do not emit CO.

The landlord’s legal responsibilities

If you are a landlord who lets property, you are legally obliged to have gas appliances serviced every 12-months. You must also have the equipment certified. A copy of the certification must be given to your tenants. This is something that we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating can do.

With winter now upon us, the last thing anyone wants is a boiler breakdown. The best way of avoiding having to organise a boiler repair in London is to have your boiler regularly maintained. You can take a yearly maintenance contract out with CW Services. It’s the easiest way of ensuring against a breakdown and of also preventing CO emissions.

If you have an emergency and need a boiler repair in South London carrying out straight away, we offer a 24/7/365 call-out service.

A gas or electric boiler repair in South London

The good thing about having an electric boiler is that they don’t require an annual service. There is no danger of CO emissions as there is no flame. Also, because there are no moving parts, there is little to wear out.

As far as costs are concerned, gas fired boilers are cheaper to run. They are however usually more expensive to install. There is also the cost of the annual servicing to be taken into consideration.

Whether your boiler is gas or electric, makes no difference to CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We can install, service and carry out a boiler repair to the highest standards at an affordable price.

So, if you need a boiler repair in South London, or you want to prevent one, don’t hesitate. Call CW Services and speak to Colin on 020 7733 6812, or 07949 095 184.

Where to find a South London emergency plumber

South London emergency plumber

Knowing where to find a South London emergency plumber is pretty obvious. The internet or a local phone directory will have listings. Knowing how to find a good one, however, is another question. When you’ve got a plumbing emergency, you need to call someone you can rely on, and that is where we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating come into our own.

To borrow the words of another advert, “we won’t make a drama out of a crisis.” Quite the opposite in fact. We will come straight round, address the crisis and fix it so you can return to normality.

The first choice South London emergency plumber

CW Services have been the first choice South London emergency plumber for many years. There is no plumbing situation that we cannot handle. Whether it is a domestic call-out, a business call-out or you are a landlord in need of plumbing help; we are the firm to call.

Not only do we have the necessary skills and experience to cope in any situation, but we are also Gas Safe certified. So, as well as problems with water pipes, drains, toilets, sinks, baths, wet rooms and showers, if a gas appliance is faulty, we can fix that too, and in complete safety.

No bodges with CW Services

Some plumbers will come to address your emergency and do a bodge-fix just to get you out of immediate trouble. The problem is however that temporary fixes are only that – temporary. They don’t last long. When they fail and fail they will, you are right back in an emergency situation.

Ninety-nine times out of a hundred we will be able to give you a permanent fix there and then.  Bur, if we have to do a temporary fix, we will tell you. However, the fix will suffice until we can come back to do a permanent repair or replacement.

We will tell you exactly what has happened and why. We will then explain what needs to be done to make a permanent repair. We’ll let you know how much it will cost and when the work can be completed. You’ll have all the facts, and you will be in control.

Quality work at an affordable price

Many a South London emergency plumber will play on the situation and overcharge you. Not us. We have one labour rate. That same, competitive rate applies whatever time of day or night you call us out. The same goes for bank holidays etc. Our emergency call out service is available 24/7/365. If for any reason we can’t get to you, we will recommend another plumber to try.

If ever you need a South London emergency plumber, call CW Services. You can call us on our office phone – 020 7733 6812, or on our mobile number – 07949 095 184.

Ways to reduce your heating bill

Boiler check-ups in London

Being a homeowner comes with certain responsibilities. One of the most important is paying your utility bills. With the onset of winter with its attendant cold weather, you might want to look for ways to reduce your heating bill. It is after all, probably one of the biggest bills you will be faced with. Finding a good plumber who does boiler check-ups in London will be a big help.

Fitting loft insulation and double glazing

There are several ways you can go about reducing your heating bill. If you live in a house with a loft, getting insulation fitted is one of the most significant savings you can make.

Okay, first of all, you must pay for the insulation and the fitting; unless of course, you are a competent DIYer. Once fitted, it will last for many years. During that time, you’ll recover the cost and more in terms of lower heating bills.

In the same way that loft insulation can make significant reductions to the cost of heating your home, so too can having double glazing fitted.

Organising regular gas boiler check-ups in London

Another way of making savings is organising boiler checks in London or wherever else you might live. If your boiler runs on electricity, it doesn’t need an annual service. However, if it drives the central heating in your home, you should have your thermostats checked. It will also benefit you to have your water pipes checked too.

Over the years sludge and silt builds-up within water pipes and radiators. These can affect the system efficiency, so having them cleaned or Power Flushed is well worth doing. It’s a different story if you live in London and have gas-fired central heating. Gas-fired boilers contain moving parts. These wear over time and need replacing.

Organising annual gas-fired boiler check-ups in London will not only ensure your boiler works efficiently. It will also make sure that your boiler is working safely too. With ongoing wear and tear, your boiler will not burn its fuel properly. This applies to all gas fittings. It’s not something that you would notice, but this can lead to carbon monoxide being emitted.

Beware of CO poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO gas) is colourless and odourless. This makes it undetectable to your senses. If you are in an enclosed space where these emissions are taking place, you could be killed. The gas lulls you off to sleep. If you remain asleep, you can suffer brain damage and eventually you would die.

Because of the severe nature of CO poisoning, it is recommended to have all gas appliances checked yearly. These types of boiler check-ups in London must be carried out by Gas Safe certified engineers or plumbers. Here in South London, CW Services Plumbing and Heating are appropriately qualified. Be safe and arrange an annual boiler check-up and service with us today.

Landlords take heed

If you happen to be a landlord, any gas appliances in your properties must, by law, be serviced every year. You must also provide your tenants with a copy of the safety certificate. It is something that CW Services can do for you. As well as the private sector, we also work in the commercial sector too.

If you would like to appoint us to service your gas appliances, please call us on 020 7733 6812, or 07949 095 184. Don’t take any chances with your well-being. Contact us today. As well as keeping safe, you can minimise your heating bills by ensuring your gas boiler is working efficiently.