You can improve the way in which your home is heated, just by making some subtle adjustments…
Reducing the Temperature of Your Home by 1 Degree - Does it Make a Difference?
Sure, we might be heading into the summer months but it still doesn’t hurt to learn all about the things that you can do to enhance the efficiency of your boiler and explore many other benefits. Have you ever stopped to think about the temperature of your heating? Have you ever thought about the impact reducing it by 1 degree would have? Our guess is that it is not something you have thought about, after all, 1 degree is nothing, right? Wrong.
What we want to do is educate and show you just what a decrease of 1 degree can do for you.
Lets Cover the Facts
A lot of research has been covered here but it has been found that around 66% of homes in the UK set their heat to more than 20 degrees. However, reducing that by 1% could help them to save money but also help the UK to reach its climate change targets. More worryingly is that almost three million homes set their heating to 25 degrees or more. Therefore, the aim is to look at the impact of lowering that temperature because reducing it by 1 degree could help you to save £80 on your bills. Furthermore, if every household did the same, then collectively, the savings would be around £1.4 billion.
In general, people who are of a younger age choose to ramp up the temperatures, with around 21% of people aged between 18 and 24 opting for a toasty temperature of 25 degrees or higher. In contrast, only 3% of people aged 55 and over will do the same thing. Of course, as people get older it becomes more important to ensure that their homes are warm, which is why it is recommended that older people should have their temperature set at 21 degrees. However, still around 60% of over 55s set their radiator thermostats at 20 degrees or more. Therefore, if you want to make your home as efficient as possible, then you can do the following things.
Consider Your Heating Usage
One of the main contributors to carbon emissions and high energy bills is higher temperatures. While it is important to keep our homes warm, many of us might want to think about how we use our heating system. Is there a need to heat empty rooms and should you leave your heating on during the day when you are not around? Perhaps it can work better to wear an extra jumper or use a blanket to help save money.
One of the best things you can do to help make your home more efficient is to have the right insulation. You can insulate your hot water tank, install double glazed windows and even have draught proofing installed. You can also improve the insulation in your loft, opt for cavity wall insulation if required and even choose internal or external wall insulation. There are many options available and grants too, which means that you can also make savings on these insulation options.
Use Heating Controls
One of the best things we can do is to gain complete control over how we use our heating systems through the use of smart controls. Heating controls and smart heating controls give us better control over how our systems are used. If your radiators have traditional valves then you could choose to install thermostatic radiators valves. These will enable you to control the temperature of each radiator, giving you the scope to reduce the temperature in rooms that are not used while increasing it in other rooms such as the living room. Smart devices are also making a significant difference because they make it possible to monitor your behaviours, patterns and movements which then adjust your heating accordingly. You can choose to set it based on when you get close to arriving from home or you can have it changed based on the weather. With these systems, the possibilities are almost endless but you will have more control.
You now have an array of options when it comes to ensuring your heating system is working in the right way. With the temperature too high, you could be wasting money but keep it low and you’ll make savings while also helping the environment. If you’re looking for assistance with insulation costs or heating costs, then you might want to look at some of the incentives that are currently available.
Homeowners are still able to get a FREE boiler grant or insulation grant via the ECO scheme, which is still available to households that qualify. Warma UK are currently working throughout the UK helping privately owned and rented homes to improve home energy efficiency and save money on rising energy bills.
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