As energy bills rise, there has never been a more important time to think about how we can cut our bills and save on our heating. Thankfully, there are a few tips and tricks that you can use to help you feel warm and cosy but at a sensible price, whether that’s by making sure your radiators are free from obstruction or taking the time to focus on the insulation around your home. So whether you’re looking for ways to optimise the heating from your vertical radiator, or get the most out of your designer radiator, read on and we’ll look at how you can save money on your heating, and explore whether leaving your heating on low can save you money in the long run.
Should i leave my heating on?
Some have said that leaving your heating on low at all times can save you money, but there are two ways to view this. The first is that energy experts say leaving your heating on always means your boiler is constantly using energy to keep the temperature at the level that you set, which could end up being lost if your home is poorly insulated. If you have an inefficient boiler or an older model, you are likely to find that this will only exacerbate the problem. However, there is another angle that heating engineers take when viewing this question – they believe that in the short term, you could save money as it keeps your home toasty, meaning your boiler won’t have to work as hard to heat up from the cold temperatures you would find if it wasn’t turned on at all.
Ways you can save money on heating
Whilst there are varying opinions on whether you should always leave your heating on low, there are ways that you are sure to save on your energy bills, which we will look at in more detail below, from where you place your furniture, to how insulated your home is, as well as a few other factors that could help you reduce the cost of your heating.
Where you place your furniture is a key element in how well your radiators heat up your home. You should make sure that you do not place any heavy furniture like sofas and curtains in front of or over your radiators, as the heat that they are giving out will be absorbed and you won’t be able to feel the benefit. As a result of this, you are more likely to have to turn up your thermostat, meaning more energy being used, and a higher heating bill.
To reduce the amount of energy you’re using to heat your home, you should make sure the insulation around your house is suitable. A lot of heat is lost through the windows, so you should make sure that they are sealed correctly and if you haven’t already, make sure you have double glazing installed so you can keep the heat in. You should also ensure that you have insulation in place in other areas around your home – the roof is the most important as heat rises. Installing insulation on your roof is the cheapest and most effective way of keeping warmth in your home. You could also consider wall and floor insulation.
Turn the temperature down
You can save a surprising amount on your heating by turning the temperature of your heating down by as little as 1%. Taking the time to make sure your heating is at the optimum temperature during the winter months of 18-21 degrees means you could make a saving of us to 10%! If you make sure that your home is insulated, and that your radiators are in the correct place, free from furniture blocking the warmth – you shouldn’t have to turn your heating up to feel the benefit, saving money and energy.
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