When to turn off your heating and how to keep your home warmer for longer

With energy prices set to skyrocket in the UK from April many people are wondering when is the right time to switch off their heating for spring and summer, and it’s sooner than you think

As the cost of living continues to rise, many Brits are being forced to reassess their spending to see where savings can be made out energy use of the food they eat.

Luckily for us, Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for the central heating to go out for a few months, which will be a huge relief to many families struggling with soaring gas prices.

But when is the right time to take the plunge and turn off the heat? Well, apparently it’s sooner than you might think.

According to heating experts from Utility Bidder, new research has revealed the nation will turn off its heating for a week today, Sunday March 13.

The experts have also shared their top tips for staying warm and saving money on your heating bills as spring approaches.

Many people struggle with the rising cost of living


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Utility Bidder says: “There isn’t a specific temperature at which you should turn your heating off as it depends on how well insulated your home is (and what your ideal temperature is!).

“Better insulated homes will be able to stay warm well into early spring even in low temperatures, but every home will be different.

“The most effective way to control your heating is to use a room thermostat set between 18 and 21°C.

“As many of us are spending more time at home, you may have the heating on more during the winter than in previous years and may want to turn the heating off early this spring to save a few pennies.

“With many of us still working and living in our homes, our heating, light and energy bills are likely to remain higher this spring and as such there are a few things you can do to keep your home warm and save money on energy bills.”

Many people forget that they can control the heating both on the radiator and on the central thermostat


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Bleed your radiators

Bleeding your radiators is a quick task you can do yourself that costs nothing but can help you save money on your energy bills by improving the efficiency of your radiators.

Close your curtains

By closing your curtains and tucking them behind your radiator, you can keep the heat in the room instead of escaping through windows and walls.

Do not cover radiators

Whether you’re drying clothes or placing furniture in front of your radiators, all of these factors block airflow, making your boiler work faster and costing you more money.

Also, make sure you clean your radiators regularly, as a build-up of dust can prevent heat from escaping.

Covering the radiators could prevent heat from escaping


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Don’t leave your heating on low all day

The heating experts said: “A much-discussed issue is the idea that it’s cheaper to leave the heating on low all day, but that’s a myth.

“In the long term, the best way to save energy and therefore money is to only heat when you need it.”

Make sure you use a timer as this will ensure the heater is only on when you need it.

Do not block radiators with furniture

You might not pay much attention to your radiators when placing furniture in your home, but that can be a mistake.

Blocking these heaters with pieces of furniture can prevent them from heating your rooms as efficiently as possible.

British thermal units

When shopping for new radiators this fall, be sure to calculate your BTU needs correctly to increase your heating efficiency and save money in the long run.

Choose a plan that suits you

It is important to choose a power plan carefully before committing to a contract.

You should consider how much energy you’re using, what type of fuel you’re using and how much you’re willing to pay, as all of these things affect the cost.

For example, using only 100% renewable electricity per unit will likely cost more than electricity coming from the national grid.

Consider purchasing an additional rug

Not only can this add an extra design pop to your room, but rugs can also add extra layers of insulation to your flooring, which will help trap cold air, keep your living room warm, and save you money too.

Turn off radiators in rooms you are not using

There’s no point in paying to heat areas of your home that you don’t use.

Whether there’s a guest room where nobody sleeps, a study you rarely use, or a dining room you only sit in on special occasions, there may be different parts of your home that don’t need to be heated most of the time.

Turning off radiators in these areas can be a simple but effective way to save energy at home.

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