‘Simple’ five-minute radiator cleaning task could help you to save £50 on your energy bill

James Longley, managing director of Utility Bidder, said: “Removing dust from radiators might not sound like the most obvious solution to reducing your energy bills this winter, but carrying out simple tasks to keep your heating systems clean can go a long way to reducing your energy bills.

“Before any approach to clean your radiator, you should make sure that the heat is turned off and the surface is cooled.

“Using a duster, a radiator cleaning brush, or any similar tools you can find, make sure you deal with remaining patches of dirt within the radiator vanes once larger areas of dust have been cleaned and removed.”

The expert said this can be partnered with the use of a vacuum cleaner and a cloth to give the radiator a proper full clean.

The lining process doesn’t have to be a difficult process either, and keeping on top of it in small and regular periods will help to save money throughout the year.

James continued: “Cleaner heating systems mean a higher efficiency, and you may then be able to turn down your thermostat.

“Every degree you lower your thermostat could help lower your energy bill by around 10 percent.

“With this in mind, a low energy use one-bedroom property in the UK typically uses 1,800 kWh of electricity annually, which on average leads to a cost of £687 using national average unit prices.

“Energy price cap rates fluctuate throughout the year, but using the current energy price rates of 0.27 per kWh for the period from October 2023 up until January 2024, electricity speed would stand at around £40.50 per month and £486 annually.

“Taking into account savings of up to 10 percent from cleaner energy systems, you could, in turn, save nearly £50 per year on your electricity bill by changing small habits at home.”

Another way to clean radiators involves using a hairdryer to blow out all of the dust which cannot be reached with a brush.

Nancy Emery, a cleaning expert at Tap Warehouse, recommended laying down an old sheet or towel to catch it all.

The expert said: “Then simply point the nozzle of the hairdryer down the back of the radiator along the wall and give it a good blow – you’ll find having the hairdryer on the highest setting should force all the dirt and dirt free.

“Once you have done this you can pick up the sheet and dispose of the debris in the bin and then vacuum in and around the radiator to ensure you have it all.

“During winter, it is best to try and complete this task once a week because there tends to be more dust that settles as we don’t open windows as often.

“Finally, clean the outside of your radiator once a week with warm, soapy water and a soft sponge.”

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