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Make yourself more fuel efficient today

Fuel efficiency tips are a great way to learn practical information to help you save money on your fuel spend – and when you save money on fuel, you can budget better for the rest of your household bills.

Whether you need short term fixes or advice to help you save money in the long term we have you covered, with these easy tips to help make yourself more fuel efficient today.

Read on for some great tips, or if you have some more you would like to share, just let us know!

Turn your thermostat down

Thermostat management in a busy household can be tricky – there’s always someone who is permanently too hot or too cold, resulting in frequent disagreements over what the thermostat setting should be.

When it comes to fuel efficiency, the best advice is to keep your thermostat slightly lower than the temperature you think it should be at – just a degree or two cooler than the current setting could be enough to save 10% off your energy bill over the course of a year, for a temperature change so minimal you probably won’t even feel the difference. Why not give it a go?

Use home heating oil additives

Fuel efficiency isn’t just about how much fuel you use, but the quality of the fuel you’re using too. At Emo.ie, we always promise our customers great value and great quality home heating oil, but you can add the X Factor to your home heating oil with a single bottle of additives to your tank.

This can help make your fuel more stable, remove sludge and condensation build up in the tank and help your boiler combust more efficiently – meaning more heat for less oil used.

Pro tip – adding the additives before a delivery helps to ensure they mix well with the oil, giving you a better end result!

Flush your heating system

If you think your heating system isn’t working as well as it should, you may want to consider having the system professionally flushed by a plumber or heating system specialist. Over time, build-up of sludge in the pipes and radiators can reduce their efficiency, and this is the best way to clear them and help restore their efficiency.

Improve your insulation

Insulation comes in many forms – roof, cavity walls and underflooring are the main types. If you think your heating could be going further than it is at present, why not consider upgrading your insulation where you need it most?

If you can’t improve your insulation just now due to the expense, or perhaps you’re living in student or rented accommodation, make subtle temporary changes instead.

These can include adding thick rugs to wooden floors, thermal curtains to block draughts from windows, and sealant around any cracks in the window frames where you can feel the cold air.

Move furniture away from the radiators

Your heating is on, but you may not be feeling the full benefit of it due to obstructions in front of or on top of your radiators. Try pulling the larger items of furniture like beds and sofas away from the wall to allow the warm air to circulate freely and heat your space.

Try to avoid hanging damp laundry over the radiators too, as this defeats the purpose of having the heating switched on, and may also contribute to damp issues in your home.