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Big Energy Saving Week: Keep warm, save money

Big Energy Saving Week: Keep warm, save money

The 20th – 26th January 2020 is Big Energy Saving Week. This is a national campaign by Citizens Advice which aims to spread awareness about easy ways you could save money on your energy bills.

Did you know that a ¾ of energy bills are from central heating and hot water? Even turning your heating on to maximum then turning it off wastes more energy than having your heating on all day at a low temperature. Here are some great tips on how to heat your home comfortably and still save money:

Thermostat – The thermostat is a switch which can turn your boiler on and off at your correct pre-set temperature. Comfortable heating can be between 18 and 21 degrees. To find your comfortable temperature you could start at 18 for one day and gradually build it to 21 and see which you find to be comfortable. Even turning down your main thermostat by 1 degree can save you around 10% on your energy bill.

Timer – Did you know that you waste more energy switching your heating on a high temperature then switching it off than keeping it on a low even temperature? It is best to set the timer to warm your home for when you need it. It is best to set the timer half an hour before you wake up so you wake up to a warm home and have it turn off half an hour before you leave as you shouldn’t notice the drop in temperature. The same rule applies for when you return home and go to bed.

Radiator Valves – Thermostatic Radiator Valves are designed to control individual radiators and they are not connected to the boiler so turning a radiator off won’t turn off your boiler. In living areas like living rooms and bedrooms you could have them set to maximum to get the most out of your heating. In rooms you don’t use as much you could set the radiators to a lower temperature and keep the doors closed to help prevent condensation.

Keep checking back throughout the week for more easy ways to save money on your energy bills. You can find out more about the Big Energy Saving Week here.

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