Reduce Your Heating Bills this Winter: Control Your Thermostat

Reduce Your Heating Bills This Winter: Control Your Thermostat Small changes = big savings Boilers and your heating account for about 60% of what you spend in a year on energy, so making a few small changes could have a big impact on heating bills. Don’t pay more than you need to for heating this winter. Read our tips below and start saving today! Make your thermostat work for you If used correctly, heating controls can let you keep your home at a comfortable temperature without wasting too much heat or fuel. Set your thermostat to the lowest comfortable temperature – between 18 and 21 degrees on average. Reducing your temperature by just 1% could save you up to 10% on your bill. The average heating bill in the UK was £720/year as of 2014, so a 10% saving means up to £72 or more per year! A programmable thermostat allows you to set up your heating to turn on and off at different times of the day using ‘on’ and ‘off’ time periods. The majority of models will let you set the domestic hot water and central heating to go on and off at different times. Remember to check the clock on the programmer is correct before you set your programmes – you’ll also need to adjust this each time the clocks change. Measure your warm-up and cool-down times Wait for a cold evening, turn your heating on and time how long it takes your house to warm up to your comfortable temperature (warm-up time). Next, turn the heating completely off and time how long it takes for...