The majority of homeowners will be looking for ways to cut down on their heating bills this winter, as energy prices have soared over the last year.
Dispelling the myth that having the heating on low all day is the best way to have low bills, the Money Saving Expert website says the Energy saving Trust recommends only putting the heating on when it is needed.
It stated: “The key thing to understand here is that it’s all about the total amount of energy required to heat your home.”
By having the heating on all day, “you’re losing energy all day”, which is why it is cheaper to only turn it on when residents are cold.
However, it is not just about keeping people warm. The Energy Saving Trust notes that turning the heating on and off can cause condensation in the house, as the temperature is constantly changing.
“This condensation can help conduct heat outside the home, they say – meaning you leak heat more quickly and so you will use more energy as a result,” the Money Saving Expert added.
Those who have homes that are prone to condensation may have to balance the benefits of cheaper energy bills with potential damage to the property due to the extra moisture in the air.
Other ways to reduce condensation, and therefore, lower the risk of dampness include wiping down windows and sills every morning, using extractor fans when cooking or in the bathroom, opening windows, installing insulation, buying a dehumidifier, and hanging clothes outside to dry, instead of indoors.
When it comes to reducing energy bills, make sure you use boiler repair in north London to ensure your central heating system is in good condition.