You’d be surprised at the big savings you can make from getting smarter with your heating controls. 

The Fairhall family have been doing just that in their latest video, tweaking their thermostat settings and sending their meter readings off to their suppliers to make sure they’re paying for their exact energy usage.

Now it’s your turn. Become a savvy saver by following these easy tips to make the most from your heating:

Turn your heating down

Turning your heating down by just one degree can help you save up to £65 per year. Just remember to keep your thermostat set to a comfortable temperature; between 18 and 21 degrees is ideal for health and wellbeing.

Make your heating controls work efficiently

Make your heating controls work efficiently, setting ‘on’ and ‘off’ periods to ensure your house is warm when you need it most. Think about your daily routine, and whether there are periods throughout the day when the house is not in use and heating is not required. It’s good practice to time how long it takes for your house to get from a cold to a comfortable temperature – this is the warm-up time. Then turn the heating off completely and time how long it takes for the house to start to get uncomfortably colder – this is the cool-down time. Incorporate both these times into your daily thermostat programme to make sure that the heating will be just right when the kids get back from school and the house won’t continue to be heated after you’ve left for work. Don’t forget to adjust these time settings when the clocks change!

Also, it’s not true that cranking up your thermostat heats your home faster. If your room thermostat turns your heating on and off according to a set temperature, no matter how high you set the temperature, the rate at which your central heating will distribute heat remains constant.

Don’t leave the heating on all day

It’s a common misconception that leaving the heating on all day at a low temperature is cheaper than turning the heating up and down, or on and off, as needed. However what this actually means is that your home will never be at a comfortable temperature and you’ll waste heat that’s not needed. Instead, you can set your thermostat to turn the heating on or off when your home reaches a pre-set temperature. Combine this with a timer control that only turns the heating on when you need it and you’ll be using your heating much more efficiently, saving money on your energy bills.

Don’t overheat unoccupied rooms

Save money by not overheating parts of your home that are unoccupied or need lower temperatures, for example bedrooms or rooms with lots of glazing.

Supply accurate meter readings

If you don’t supply your energy supplier with accurate meter readings on a regular basis your usage will be based on estimates predicted by how you’ve used energy in the past or by national average figures. Providing these readings can save you money in the long run and prevent disputes from arising in cases where inaccurate readings mean that you’ve been under or over paying for your usage.

Switch and save up to £200

Shop around for the best energy tariff and save up to £200 or more on your annual bill. My Home Energy Switch finds you the best deals on the market, guides you through the sign up process and then does all the paperwork to make the switch happen – taking away any hassle that comes with switching tariffs and suppliers. See how the Fairhall family saved a whopping £189 on their annual energy bills in under 10 minutes in their video diary.

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