Households have been told a number of ways they can save on their energy bills as the cost of living crisis hits the UK
A boiler expert has shared the exact temperature to set home temperatures to in order to save on energy bills.
As the cost of living crisis continues, following a number of rules can ensure that households can save as much as possible.
Ensuring that pipes do not freeze is also essential to protect residents and prevent certain illnesses.
Damage caused by pipes bursting due to cold weather cost £9,300 on average to put right last year, according to analysis of home insurance claims.
The founder of Boxt, a boiler supplier, said: “The ideal room temperature during the winter is between 18C and 20C. During the winter months, it can be tempting to crank up the thermostat.
“However, experimenting with different temperatures can both reduce energy bills and potentially lead to a better night’s sleep.
“Instead of setting one temperature across the whole day, try switching between daytime and nighttime temperatures, as this may make you more comfortable at home and also reduce your energy usage.”
He continued: “It is a myth that leaving your heating switched on all the time will help you save money on your energy bills. This is not the case, as your boiler will be continually using energy.
“Instead, it is much more energy-efficient and cheaper to set your boiler so it only fires up when you require warm water or heating, and only set your thermostat to the temperature you want your home to be.
“Cranking the thermostat up more won’t make the system heat up any faster, but will mean it continues burning energy for longer to reach that higher temperature.”
Other energy-saving upgrades recommended for homes include low-energy lighting, boiler replacement, insulation, upgrading heating controls and replacement windows.
Elsewhere, the Government launched a campaign sharing ways in which households can save money.
The £18million initiative urges people to turn off appliances at the plug, which ministers say could save about £170 combined each year.
Households are also being told to cut heating loss by putting draft excluders around doors or adding clear film across windows, with the potential to save a further £60 annually.
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