Did you know that Guillermo Rodriguez holds the Guinness World Record for wearing the most Christmas jumpers at once (17, in case you’re interested)? I suspect he was trying to save money on his energy… it’s a shame for him that he hadn’t read this blog before he went on his shopping spree. Oh well, all that matters is that YOU take note of our top tips on how to save money on your energy during the winter blizzards.
Heating on low 24/7 vs Heating on and off
Heating is very cheeky. It’s constantly escaping out of your home… I’ve tried to catch it so many times but trust me, it doesn’t work! If you’ve ever heard that keeping your heating on all day is cheaper – as opposed to just switching it on and off when you need it – then you’re WRONG! Leading energy experts such as The Energy Saving Trust and British Gas confirm that this is a myth! You’ll constantly be losing energy all day and therefore losing P’s (pennies, pounds, papers) too.
I know that as soon as you get into your house from fighting that blizzard outside it’s almost impossible to resist the temptation to whack the thermostat dial up to 300 degrees (ok, this might be a slight exaggeration) but this will leave you with a massive bill! Experts say the key to heating up your home to a comfortable temperature whilst keeping bills low is by using thermostatic radiator valves or a programmable room thermostat.
Ask your landlord whether your property has thermostatic radiator valves or a room thermostat. I bet you’re wondering, ‘What’s the difference?’.
Thermostatic radiator valves are the little knobs on the bottom of your radiators. They allow you to control the temperature of each individual radiator. It would make sense to only have the valves turned up on the radiators in the rooms you use.
A room thermostat has your back! It’s different from thermostatic radiator valves as it automatically stops your heating system from using more fuel than needed. It only turns the heating on when the room temperature drops below whatever temperature you’ve set it at. By timing and controlling your heating, you can save £70 – £150 a year! WOW! If you keep on top of this there’s no risk of coming back to a freezing home – and 17 jumpers aren’t going to be required.
Just cooked a tasty roast dinner, but your eyes were too big for your belly? You go into the kitchen drawer to find all the cling film has been used up. Maybe check your windows? That’s right – windows!
A trick of the trade is to put a layer of clingfilm over your windows as it acts as a temporary extra layer of insulation. Any airtight and transparent material can work; however, we recommend cling film as it’s cheap!
Halogen Heaters vs Other Portable Heaters/Central Heating
A little lesson for you… Halogen heaters are the portable heaters that you sit right next to, close your eyes and instantly feel like you’re on holiday in Dubai, but as soon as you move away you’re back to being in Antarctica. This is because their heat is directional – you have to be right in front of it to feel it!
Other portable heaters include convection heaters, electric panel heaters, or free-standing electric radiators. These heat up the air in the room, creating a convection current. They take longer to heat up but once switched off the heat lingers for a while.
Electricity is wayyy more expensive than gas, so if you have gas central heating I’d advise you to take advantage of this; you can change the thermostats on your radiators, so your central heating is only heating the rooms you need warm. However, you’re not going to break the bank if do want a little extra heat from a portable heater – I just wouldn’t heat the whole house with portable heaters.
Should I leave the heating on whilst I’m at home for Christmas?
YES! Make sure you keep your heating on low whilst you are away, otherwise your pipes will freeze. I’m pretty sure you and your housemates don’t want to be clubbing your Christmas money together to pay for your pipes to be repaired – it’s a hefty bill!
Keep Hot Water Boiling Constantly vs Just When I Need It?
It’s always cheaper to time boiling your hot water so it’s only on when you need it, otherwise you’re wasting energy and, again, wasting the P’s! The only exceptions are for electrical immersion heaters and Economy 7 or 10 tariffs. In this case you want to heat your water during the night as that’s when it’s cheaper for you guys. So, I guess with these energy-saving tips saving you money, you can afford to buy enough jumpers to challenge Guillermo Rodriguez for his World Record Title!
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