Having your heating on to heat your home when it is cold outside protects your home from damage due to pipes bursting, through to being ill. But many people are unsure as to the best way to use the heat in their home and the ways to save money.
The debate is whether you should leave the heating on all day if you are not home or if you should just be putting it on when you get home. There are different reasons for both.
- If you are at work all day then it is going to save you money if you have the heating on a timer and have it coming on just before you get home so it is warm. If you are at home all day, you will want to feel comfortable but it could save you money to have your heating coming on at those times of the day when the temperature drops. If it is possible, move about and warm yourself up during the times when the heating isn’t on. If the temperature drops, too much you can normally just switch it on for an hour or so to heat up your home. This advice is good as long as you don’t have an older person, ill person or young child living in your home; they need the extra care to make sure they are warm because they are less able to regulate their own body temperatures. Becoming active in your home can generate warmth in your body and this can make it easier to keep the heating at a lower level.
- Using thermostats on every radiator in your home will allow you to control the temperature in each room. Those rooms in your home, which are not used during the day, can have their temperature reduced; this means that you will use less energy to heat your home, saving you money. It is a great way to control the temperature in bedrooms, people sleep better at different temperatures and this means you don’t have to have your room as hot as another family member. Again, if there are different age groups living in the home, it is easier to have the rooms at the right temperature for them and their needs.
- Drying your washing on an airing frame isn’t so much about heating, but if you are placing items on radiators and airing frames to dry your clothes and then turning up the heating to actually dry the washing might not be the best use of the heating. You are creating a moist and damp atmosphere in your home and this can have a negative impact on your health, unless you are opening a window to allow the extra moisture escape outside, instead of building up inside your home. This build-up of moisture can damage your health and the inside of your home. In the long-term you are also increasing the heat that you need in your home, to get the washing dry and for your home to feel warm. You might need to consider other alternatives, for instance, if using a tumble dryer on wet days could be cheaper; there are some great models available that don’t use as much energy. Alternatively, you might consider if there is an area outside you can dry your washing.
There are many different ways that you can save money when you are heating your home, being energy wise is important because it can save you money long-term.