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Lowering your heating by 1 degree can make a bigger difference than you may think

Can a single degree really make such a difference? Find out whether lowering your home's heating by 1 degree will mean that you are likely to save money on your energy bills! Keep reading this blog post to find out whether you should be slightly reducing your thermostat!

 As we head into the spring and summer months, it might be the time for some of us to start turning off our heaters for the warmer seasons. With many of us expected to spend more time at home than normal, may one degree warmer cost you more than you think? Learn how decreasing your central heating temperature by one degree may help you save money on your annual home heating spending.

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How much are you likely to save by lowering your heating by 1°C?

Despite the fact that it is spring, two out of every three houses in the United Kingdom have their heating set to exceed 20°C, when just one degree lower could save them money and help us meet climate change objectives. 2.7 million households set the temperature of their central heating system to 25°C or higher. By simply lowering your central heating by 1°C, in reality, you may save up to £80 per year on your heating expenditures. If every home that regularly sets its thermostats above 20°C made that shift, it would result in £1.4 billion in savings.

In general, younger individuals like to be warmer, with 21 per cent of 18-24-year-olds stating that 25°C or higher is their favourite temperature, compared to only 3 per cent of 55-year-olds or older. Age UK suggests that older people keep the temperature in their homes at about 21°C, but not everyone follows this advice, with only over 60% of those over the age of 55 setting their room thermostat for their radiators to 20°C or higher. Here are some things you can do to make your home more energy-efficient.

Take your home's heating usage into consideration

Higher house temperatures are a major contribution to carbon emissions and higher energy expenses. Although it is crucial to be warm throughout the winter, especially since many of us will be staying indoors more, it is also a good idea to consider the impact of your home heating consumption. Ask yourself: Are you heating unused rooms? Have you turned on the heat during the hottest times of the day? Could a spare sweater or blanket be a more efficient and cost-effective solution?

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Ensure that your home is properly insulated

Make sure your loft insulation is in excellent condition, insulate your hot water tank (if it isn't already), and add double glazing and draught-proofing to limit heat loss and prevent cold air from entering the house. If you are handy with tools, you may be able to complete some of these tasks yourself. If not, the building sector will continue to operate throughout this second shutdown. Could it be something that needs to be addressed before the weather gets colder?

Get heating controls installed!

If your radiators have conventional valves, thermostatic radiator valves should be installed (TRVs). These provide you with additional control over your radiator's temperature settings. In rooms with heavy occupancies, such as living rooms, you may select a greater temperature. You may then adjust the temperature in areas where you spend less time. Modern household gadgets like the Google Nest Thermostat E or the Google Nest Learning Thermostat may also help you save money on heating by learning your habits and movements and adjusting the warmth accordingly.

Get in touch with our heating specialists

If you are concerned about paying your energy bills at this difficult time, you may contact your energy supplier for guidance and assistance, or get in touch with one of our heating specialists. You may also look into switching tariffs with your energy provider, as this can be a quick and easy cost-effective method to save money on your heating costs, so keep an eye on what bargains are available on price comparison sites!