As autumn begins creeping in and temperatures start to drop, it can be tempting to get cosy indoors and switch on your central heating as soon as possible.
But heating expert Jordan Chance has said you could save money if you to wait until at least October 31st to start turning up the heat, which coincides with the day the clocks are set to go back this year.
Jordan says: “Turning on your central heating is notably one of the sure signs that winter has arrived. Although there is no single temperature at which you should turn your heating on, many aim for the time when clocks go back, falling this year on October 31st.
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“There are, however, a series of ways to delay putting your heating on, keeping you warmer for longer and saving you those extra pennies. Using a draught excluder is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to keep your home warm, preventing cold air from entering and warm air from leaving under your doors.
“It is also important to note that leaving your heating on low all day does not reduce your heating bills! Having the heating on only as and when you need it, is the best way to save energy. Using a thermostat with a timer offers a simple and speedy solution to controlling your heating effectively.”
The experts at PlumbNation have also shared a series of tips that could help you save money this winter – from wearing warmer clothes, to cleaning your radiators.
One of the major ways to save money on your heating bill is to stop heat from escaping your home through unwanted gaps.
Experts say you need to identify the “problem areas” where draughts are causing issues – most likely doors, windows, chimneys and floorboards.
These areas can them be fixed using draught-proofing strips around your windows and doors, or flexible silicone-based filler to fill the gaps in your floorboards.
Add an extra layer
Before you jump to putting your heating on, try wearing warmer clothes like jumpers or fuzzy socks.
Adding clothing layers will insulate your body and make it easier to regulate your body’s temperature.
The more layers you wear, the less the heating will need to be on, reducing your heating bills.
Turn your thermostat down
It sounds counter-intuitive, but experts say that when winter strikes you should try turning your thermostat down rather than up.
Apparently, you can save up to 10 percent on your heating bill just by turning your heating down by 1 degree.
Most homes have their heating between 18 and 21C, so why not try reducing your heating by 1 degree and seeing if you notice a temperature difference? You could save heaps of cash without actually compromising on your warmth.
Experts also say there’s no truth behind the myth that turning your thermostat up will heat your house quicker – in fact, it just sends your bills skyrocketing.
Clean your radiators
If you don’t already clear the dust out from your radiator regularly, then it’s time to start.
According to experts, layers of dust in your radiator can prevent heat from escaping effectively, meaning your radiators will have to work harder to warm your room.
Heating afficionados also say you should never dry your clothes on a radiator, as it can prevent the heat from escaping and heating your room.
This means your boiler has to pick up the slack and work at a greater rate, which in turn increases costs.
Get your boiler serviced
Experts say you should service your boiler every 12 months, and if you haven’t had yours looked at in a while, it could be costing you money.
Defective boilers can increase your heating bill massively as they will need to work significantly harder to bring your home up to the desired temperature.