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What temperature is your thermostat set at?


Outside temperatures here in Cardiff have been up and down over the last week – but with heavy frosts and lows of -1 some mornings I’m sure that, like me, you’ve had your heating on.

With energy bills rising by 12.5% last autumn (the fastest rise since 2014) it’s in everyone’s interests to try and conserve fuel – not to mention better for our planet.

Half the people who responded to an Energy Saving Trust survey said they turn their thermostats up when it’s colder outside; however, as it’s the thermostat’s job to maintain the same internal temperature, whatever the weather, this is unnecessary.

Some of the best ways to conserve heat are the simplest: draw curtains or blinds – this really does keep the heat in, reducing heat loss by as much as 17%; bleed your radiators regularly; ensure that large items (such as sofas) aren’t positioned in front of radiators where they block the heat; turn your heating off if no-one is at home. You could also use a heating app to control the thermostat when plans change. ​ Our best tip? By turning your thermostat down by just one degree it should be possible to reduce your energy bill by at least 2% - and often by as much as 10%.  The average room temperature in a UK home is 18°C, and central heating thermostats are generally set to around 20°C – while the World Health Organisation’s standard for warmth is 18°C for suitably dressed healthy people. (Bedroom temperatures should be set a little lower, at about 15°C or 16°C, to ensure a good night’s sleep.) The Energy Saving Trust suggests potential savings of £75 a year for a typical three bedroom home, when you turn your thermostat down by one degree.

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