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Take Control of Your Thermostat to Save Money


Take Control of Your Thermostat to Save Money

Keeping all areas of your home warm can be a bit of a challenge. It does not matter whether you buy heating oil from Emo Oil, use electric radiators, a wood-fired boiler or gas central heating, your energy bills will not be cheap.

All forms of fuel and power are expensive. On averages, UK families have to put aside about £1,135 to pay their energy bills. The recent cold snap only increases those costs. Experts calculate that, most UK and Irish families will have to find an additional £44.62 to cover their December and January power bills. This is because most households had to turn their heating up to be able to stay warm.

The fact that energy bills are so high means that most homeowners have already insulated their homes and turn the heat off in rooms they do not use. They also have their boiler properly serviced to make sure that it runs as efficiently as possible.

However, a surprising number of people still have their thermostat turned up higher than necessary or, worse, are frequently heating an empty home. Both habits waste a surprising amount of power or fuel. Therefore, a lot of families are still spending more than they really need to on heating bills.

Exactly how much you can save by turning your thermostat down is very much up for debate. Each organisation uses different criteria to work out how much a family will save. Some state that you will save 1% of your fuel bill for each degree you turn the thermostat down by, while others say it is closer to 3%. Who is right is very hard to say, but what is clear is that turning your thermostat down is going to save you quite a bit of money. Therefore, it is definitely worth trying to do so.

The best approach is to gradually reduce the ambient temperature of your home. Doing this gives everyone a chance to slowly adjust to the change. Turning the thermostat down by one degree each week works for most families. At the same time, it is worth getting everyone into the habit of wearing socks, slippers, long-sleeves and maybe a jumper while they are in the house. This will allow you to turn the thermostat down by an additional degree or two.

If you do not already own a programmable thermostat it is well worth considering investing in one. That way you can avoid wasting money by heating an empty home.

The smart kind allows you to ring in and turn the heating down or off should you be delayed. Perhaps you need to stay late at work or want to pop around to spend time with a friend, on the spur of the moment. In that situation, you can use your Smartphone to change the time that your heating comes on to just before you think you will arrive home, so it is still lovely and warm when you walk in.

If you would like to learn more about smart thermostats and how to use them to heat your home economically, I recommend that you read this article. It goes into quite a bit of detail, but is written in an easy to understand way.


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