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Get Ahead for Winter #getaheadforwinter
Cold weather will increase the demand for LP Gas - an energy that provides householders with all the advantages of mains gas when not connected to the gas network. It currently provides heat and hotwater to over 150,000 homes and businesses in the UK. LP Gas is usually delivered via road tanker to an indivudual bulk tank. The increases in demand can often be at a time when bad weather can materialise quickly and disrupt deliveries.Going into winter with a full tank of LP Gas ensures that householders and business can access the fuel and heat they need, regardless of any external weather conditions and issues with supply.
Many LP Gas suppliers have sophisticated customer data systems which will automatically top up their customers’ tanks to ensure their gas is sufficient going into winter, and throughout the year. For those customers who order when they need gas then we urge those customers to plan ahead and order early to ensure the have enough to heat their home for when the weather turns colder but also in case of snow and ice which can result in blocked roads and limit the ability for deliveries to be made.
For customers who opt to use LP Gas from the convenience of a cylinder we would also encourage you to ensure that you order in good time with your supplier and would recommend that an extra cylinder of gas is purchased.
The LP Gas industry works closely with Government, devolved administrations, and local authorities in winter to try and ensure essential deliveries get through. Both the UK and Scottish governments publish advice on winter preparedness and we would recommend all customers living in rural areas where the effects of bad weather are most accute should familiarise themselves with the advice provided.
For more advice, follow us on Twitter @UKLPG or use the hashtag #getaheadforwinter
Our Top Tips to Get Ahead for Winter:
- 1. Give your boiler an overhaul – make sure your boiler and any other gas appliances are serviced every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer. This ensures that they run at their most efficient.
- 2. If your boiler is 15 years old or more it is probably time to replace it. Make sure you go for an energy efficient condensing boiler which could cut your heating bills significantly and now achieves running efficiencies of 90%.
- 3. Loft insulation is a straightforward job, which you can probably do yourself in about half a day and will dramatically cut the heat lost from your home. And insulate your hot water tank by fitting it with a thick jacket – the thicker the better - this can reduce heat loss by up to 75 per cent. Do you have thermostats on your radiators? This is another easy way to improve efficiency of your heating system and give you more control over room temperatures.
- 4. Draughty external doors are responsible for 15% of heat loss in the home. Draught-proofing is a cheap and easy way to prevent heat loss. Hanging thick curtains over the door will also help to trap heat.
- 5. A key way to reduce your heating bills is to make sure that your home is highly energy efficient. A Green Deal Assessment will identify the best steps to take, such as replacing your boiler or installing loft or wall insulation. Green Deal financing is also available to help cover the costs of the improvements. To find a list of assessors see: http://gdorb.decc.gov.uk/assessors.
- 6. If you order LPG yourself please look at the tank level now and consider ordering from your supplier well before winter – going into winter with a full tank may be more cost effective, provides peace of mind and means that when it turns cold you needn’t worry about your energy supply.
- 7. You may already be on automatic top up so your LPG supplier will take account of your needs and so you needn’t worry. But if you aren’t on this system with your supplier you may want to ask them if they can provide this service to you.
Once Winter Arrives:
- 1. Use a programmer to set when the heating and hot water come on and go off based around your routine. By heating your home and hot water only when necessary, you'll save energy and money.
- 2. Lowering your thermostat setting by just 1°C could save you money, however ensure that a minimum temperature is maintained of 21 degrees in living rooms and 18 degrees in bedrooms.
- 3. Bleed your radiators, releasing any air trapped in them. This will improve your heating efficiency instantly as hot water can flow into every part of the radiator, so it does a better job of warming your room.
- 4. Close all the curtains as soon as it gets dark to prevent heat escaping through windows.
For ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) click on or copy this link into your browser: www.acre.org.uk
For Scotland click on or copy this link into your browser: www.readyscotland.org
For the UK click on or copy this link into your browser: www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/get-ready-for-winter
For Citizens Advice please click on or copy this link into your browser: www.adviceguide.org.uk
For AgeUK please click on or copy this link into your browser: www.ageuk.org.uk