Simple tricks that could help you save up to £300 on your energy bills

Adjusting some settings on your boiler could help you save £324 on energy bills.

Today’s announcement that the energy price cap will rocket to £3,549 on October 1 will understandably have many Brits worrying about how they are going to afford gas and electricity.

The Government has promised ‘help is coming’ but, with the Tory leadership race still underway, it could be another two weeks or longer before any policy is set out.

However, there are ways you can reduce your bills in the meantime – and no this doesn’t include being cold all winter.

One of the most effective ways to save around 6-8% of gas is to turn down the flow temperature on your boiler – but only if it is a condensing combi boiler and not connected to a hot water cylinder.

The flow temperature regulates how hot the water is when it leaves your boiler to go to your radiators.

Many condensing combi boilers will still be set to their factory setting of around 80°C but the temperature does not need to be this high.

In fact, 80°C often causes excess heat to escape from the flue, literally dissapearing into thin air.

If you notice steam coming out of your flue, your flow temperature is probably too high, energy efficiency adviser Heating Hub said.

This is not the same as turning down your thermostat, so your home should still stay warm – it might just take a bit longer for the space to heat up.

More than 100,000 Octopus Energy customers tried this trick last winter and some of them knocked £100 off their bills.

Your boiler manual should explain how to adjust your flow temperature.

You can also save money by turning off your boiler’s pre-heat function.

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This setting makes sure there is always hot water ready to use, meaning the boiler constantly keeps a certain amount of water hot.

The Heating Hub’s Jo Alsop said: ‘If the boiler is not on and heating the home, it will fire anyway, just to keep that water at temperature, even if someone is not home during the day, and certainly it will fire all through the night, even when hot water is not in demand.’

That means burning gas through the night, every night, for nothing.

Although turning this function off may leave you waiting longer for hot water – something to be aware of during a drought – it could save around 5%-10% of gas.

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