We love everything about Christmas, from the mince pies to carol singing. What we don't love is the hefty bill that comes as a result of cranking up the heating to fend off the winter chill.
However, these Martin Lewis energy saving tips are just the ticket you need to help you save on the dreaded winter heating bill and leave more money for festive gatherings.
If you've ever wondered whether it is more cost-effective to leave the heating on low all day or to turn it on and off as needed, Martin Lewis has the answer.
Martin Lewis heating tips
It's a debate we've all had with our other halfs, flatmates, Mums, Dads, even the Mother-in-Laws. One side holding fast to the belief that leaving the heating on all day is the cheapest way of heating the house. Versus flicking the radiators on and off and cranking up the thermostat only when it's needed.
However, Martin Lewis can finally put an end to the debate. He advises putting your heating on a timer to help save money on your heating.
'They say it's better to only put the heating on when you need it,' says Martin Lewis on ITV's This Morning. 'You pay to pump energy in as and when is needed. And to keep pumping it in constantly isn't efficient.'
'Your thermostat is designed to turn your heating on and off to keep your home at the temperature you set it,' Martin explains. 'So, in general, I'd stick with that.'
However, the Money Saving expert pointed out that if your home is prone to damp, things are different. You might benefit more from having the heating on low throughout the day.
'There are some engineers though who argue that keeping the heating on low with all the radiators on and the boiler down can work as it reduces condensation.'
'When the heating is turned off, condensation collects within the walls and can help conduct heat outside the home. This means you lose heat more quickly and will use more energy as a result,' Martin adds. 'So if your house is prone to that you may want to think about it.'
You heard the expert. Work out how to set your heating timer or leave it on low if you are combating damp. Now all that's left to decide is what to spend the savings on. Another round of mulled wine anyone?
Get the Ideal Home Newsletter
Sign up to our newsletter for style and decor inspiration, house makeovers, project advice and more.
Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.
The best Christmas tree alternatives for small spaces that will work in the tiniest of rooms
Make like a tree, and leave the pine needle trails outside with our top 10 Christmas tree alternatives that won’t overcrowd this Christmas
By Linda Clayton
Amazon has gone IRL, launching its first 'Second Chance' pop-up offering home appliances up to 50% off
The retailer is giving returned products a new lease of life at discounted prices
By Jullia Joson
10 tips to protect plants from killer frosts - the pros use them and you should, too
When a sudden frost is forecast, take these steps to protect your plants
By Andrea Childs