As energy bills and cost of living increase, many are looking to turn their heating off as soon as the reasonable time comes to save energy at home – and it's looking a lot earlier than expected.
With the promise of warmer weather among us and the clocks going forward this week, it's safe to say that spring is right around the corner. More and more people are keeping their heating on for shorter amounts of time, up to the point until it's no longer necessary. This is the exact date you should turn your heating off, according to experts.
The exact date you should turn your heating off
Heating experts at BOXT say that the 26th of March is the official day to turn your central heating off, so you can start cutting costs on energy bills and make the most of promised warmer spring season that's (hopefully) coming our way soon.
'With the cost of living rising across the country, many Brits will be feeling the financial squeeze. While many may be waiting for the temperature to change, there is no single temperature at which you should turn your heating off, however, many aim for the time when clocks go forward, which this year falls on the 26th of March,' says Andy Kerr, founder at BOXT.
'Better insulated homes will be able to keep warm even when temperatures are low into the early spring, but every home will be different. The most effective way to control your heating is to use a room thermostat that is set between 18 and 21°C.'
Andy Kerr at BOXT adds the reminder that leaving your heating on low does not reduce your heating bills – only having the heating on when you need it is the best way to save energy. He even recommends looking into smart heating.
But just because the experts say it's time to turn your heating off doesn't mean you should compromise your comfort if you're still shivering (understandable considering the weather we've had recently).
Beyond recommended timeframes from the experts, your comfort in your home is on a case-to-case basis. In reality, there isn't a perfect time to turn your heating off as there are many variable factors. At the end of the day, turn your heating off when it best suits you.
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Anna Cottrell is Consumer Editor across Future's home brands. She moved to the world of interiors from academic research in the field of English Literature and photography. She is the author of London Writing of the 1930s and has a passion for contemporary home decor and gardening.
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