This article from BT discusses common myths that could be pushing up your winter heating bills.
5 Home Heating Myths
Before you reach for that thermostat as the nights get colder, make sure your lack of heating knowledge isn’t costing you the earth.
1. You should turn the heating up when it’s cold outside
Half (52 percent) of the people responding to the Energy Saving Trust survey said they turned the thermostat up when it’s cold outside, but a home shouldn’t need this as the thermostat is there to maintain the internal temperature, whatever the weather.
2. You should turn up the thermostat to heat the room quicker
Over a third (35 percent) of people in the survey also admitted that they turn their room thermostat up when they want the room to heat up quicker.
“This does not help a room become warmer any quicker and only heats the home to a warmer temperature,” says the trust.
3. You should leave the heating on low constantly
It’s very common for people to think it’s more energy efficient to leave the heating turned on at a low temperature constantly, rather than turn it on and off. Wrong.
“This means these homes are heated when no-one is there to benefit and then the home is too cold when people are in the home,” the experts said.
4. Keep your water heater on all day so you don’t run out
If your hot water tank is properly insulated, water heated for half an hour in the morning should stay warm until midday.
It’s much better to set your water to come on for half an hour before you get up to shower.
5. Keep electric storage heaters on all the time
“Our research also found that few people with electric storage heaters fully understand how they work (only 38 percent),” says the Energy Savings Trust.
“This means that households with electric heating could be paying through the nose by not taking advantage of cheaper night rate electricity.
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If you find yourself doing one or more of these things you might be costing yourself more on heating bills. Does your home simply feel too cold and your heat is lacking? It could be a different problem. Contact Superior Co-Op today and we can help you find your solution!