A recent survey by the Energy saving Trust revealed that while four fifths of Britons believe they understand their heating controls, half misuse energy by turning up their thermostat.
“As the temperature begins to drop, it is important that we are aware of the best ways to stay warm this winter, Millions of householders are confused by their heating controls. But there are steps we can all take to deal with the current cold snap.” Says Phillip Sellwood, Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust
With it being chilly outside, make sure you’re in the know on these heating myths, to save you money on your energy spend.
Here we reveal the biggest heating myths…
1. You should turn the heating up when it’s cold outside
Half (52%) of the people responding to the Energy Saving Trust survey said they turned the thermostat up when it’s cold outside, but a home shouldn’t need this as the thermostat is there to maintain the internal temperature, whatever the weather. The energy saving trust advise that 18C is the average temperature, with it being the most comfortable.
2. You should turn the heating up when it’s cold outside
Over a third (35%) of people in the survey also admitted that they turn their room thermostat up when they want the room to heat up quicker.
“This does not help a room become warmer any quicker and only heats the home to a warmer temperature,” says the trust.
3. You should leave the heating on low constantly
It’s also very common for people to think it’s more energy efficient to leave the heating turned on at a low temperature constantly, rather than turn it on and off.
“This means the home is heated when no-one is there to benefit and then the home is too cold when people are in the home,” the experts said.
4. Keep your water heater on all day so you don’t run out
If your hot water tank is properly insulated, water heated for half an hour in the morning should stay warm until midday.
It’s much better to set your water to come on for half an hour before you get up to shower.
5. Keep electric storage heaters on all the time
“Our research also found that few people with electric storage heaters fully understand how they work (only 38%),” says the Energy Savings Trust.
“This means that households with electric heating could be paying more by not using them efficiently.”
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