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Keeping your heating bills low is a hard ask, especially during winter. So it’s a discussion that can bring some family members and flatmates to boiling point; what temperature should we leave the heating on? But now the arguments can be put to one side.
That’s because one company believes it’s discovered the perfect temperature to have throughout our homes as we keep warm this winter.
As Christmas approaches, it’s natural to keep a closer eye than usual on the purse strings, particularly for things like heating bills. And according to heating experts Boiler Plan, we should all be keeping our homes at 19 degrees C to have a warm home at a low price.
But can you really keep your home permanently warm at this temperature if it really begins to freeze outside?
Well, according to Boiler Plan, you can. They breakdown their top 5 tips for keeping warm this winter – without cranking up the thermostat.
Insulating your property will prevent heat from escaping and prolong the effects of heating your home. Having well-located windows and well-sealed doors is a good start. You should also ensure that walls, lofts and foundations are thermally insulated as that can reduce heat loss by 25-50 per cent.
2. Keep the thermostat low
Ultimately, you are in control of how you heat your home. But, as the temperature rises, so does the cost. According to the Energy Saving Trust, turning down your thermostat by just one degree could save you up to £85 a year.
3. Go smart
Having a smart meter or smart thermostat can bring multiple benefits. A smart meter allows you to track in real-time the amount of electricity you’re using and enables you to limit the amount of waste. A smart thermostat means you can switch your heating on and off as you please remotely. This defeats the need to have a pre-set timer on your boiler, reducing waste and keeping costs down.
4. Swap your bulbs
Switching from normal halogen bulbs to LED or energy-saving light bulbs can reduce energy consumption, and also have a longer lifespan. Experts believe that you can save roughly £35 a year from making these changes to your lighting – another example of a short-term investment delivering a long-term monetary gain.
5. Buy energy-efficient appliances
Replacing old inefficient household appliances also provides an opportunity to bring your spend down. Items such as a kettle, fridge or even your boiler itself may not be as efficient as they could be. By changing your appliances to more energy-efficient models, the amount of electricity used to maintain them will be cut significantly.
Its performance will also be enhanced, resulting in lower energy bills in the short and longer term.