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There are lots of ways to save money, from being more frugal to walking instead of driving. One of the best methods is to stay in control of your home’s temperature, as this can help you to make savings every single month and simultaneously lower your household’s carbon footprint.
The perfect temperature
It’s much more cost-effective to keep your home at a pleasant temperature and then have a little boost when required, rather than leave it to become cold and then whack the heating on full. This is because a comfortable temperature will be relatively low, ranging from 18 to 21 degrees depending on your preference. If, on the other hand, you allow your surroundings to become very chilly, it’s not just the air that needs heating up.
When the thermostat is set very low, your furniture, curtains, bedding, floors, fabrics and even your clothes will become cold. This means that when the radiators start pumping out heat, the sofa, kitchen counters, dining table and your own skin will take much longer to warm up, so you won’t feel the full benefit for a while. The result is heating blasting out for hours before you actually feel comfortable, which can be prevented by never letting the temperature to drop too low.
Smart controls are an excellent way to stay on top of your heating, as you can carry the thermostat around with you, use the app on your smartphone, or even connect the system to Alexa or Google Home. By heating your home gradually when needed, you could also make significant savings on your utility bills.
Tiny reductions save ££
If you get to the point where a certain temperature, such as 21 degrees, feels that little bit too warm, reduce it by 1 degree. Aside from not having to worry about getting hot and sweaty for no reason, this will also have a positive effect on your bills.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, reducing your home’s average daily temperature by just a single degree can save you £80 to £85 a year. The more you reduce it, the more you save, but remember that letting it get too cold and then ramping up the heating could have the opposite effect and cancel out this energy saving.
Always bear in mind that the easier the job you’re giving your boiler, the less energy it needs to consume, so finding a balance is key. Again, by investing in smart controls, you can easily check the temperature from your phone on a regular basis and adjust as required.
Lower the temperature at night
By lowering the thermostat’s setting when everyone’s gone to bed, you can make savings every single night. Many homeowners turn the heating off entirely overnight, although it’s important to not let the temperature drop below 16 degrees as this can be too cold for some people, including young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems.
Depending on the time of year, it might be that the temperature stays comfortable regardless of the central heating, but either way it’s important to check that it’s turned down low at night so that the radiators don’t generate heat when there’s no need for it.
We can help you save on your bills
From an annual boiler service that ensures efficiency, to installing new boilers and smart heating controls, we have multiple solutions for homeowners who want to reduce their energy usage and save on utility bills. To find out more, contact us today on 0800 138 2223 or fill in our online form.