People across the UK do an array of different things to save energy and cut their bills. This includes investing in insulation and efficient new modern boilers. While many of the things can have positive results, there are a number of energy saving myths. Some of them may actually result in you consuming more power. We would like to discuss some of them here, including three important tips about your central heating.
Electric heaters are cheaper than radiators
Many people think they will spend less money by plugging in an electric heater rather than turning on their central heating. Sadly this is definitely not the case. Electricity is generally far more expensive per unit than gas. As a result you’ll spend more for the amount of time you have the heater on.
The myth comes from the fact that people believe they will be wasting energy by heating other parts of their home by turning on the boiler. While this may be true, you can overcome it by turning down the radiator valves in rooms you don’t need to heat. You can also use a modern thermostat to set the exact temperature you want so you only use gas to reach it.
Constant use is better than on/off
Another major myth is that leaving the central heating on a low setting is better than turning it on and off when you need it. The belief is that it takes more energy to turn the boiler on and off than it wastes having it on all the time. Again this is not true.
When your heating is on it is using energy. On the other hand when it is off it uses none at all. Even a low amount will eventually add up to a big bill after a few hours. As a result it is better to use the turn on/turn off method.
Turn the TRV to max
The thermostatic radiator valve is very important because it decides what temperature it will reach before turning off. Typically 3 is around 18-20 degrees. If you put it on the highest setting the TRV won’t turn off. This is very bad for your energy consumption because it will keep your boiler burning more fuel.
It is important to keep in mind that turning the radiator valve up won’t make the room get warmer faster. If you turn it up you’ll still have to wait for the temperature to rise. Rather than risk wasting energy by turning it to max you should adjust it in smaller increments and check on it. Remember to turn the TRV back down later though.
Warm works with engineers from across the UK who have a lot of experience with central heating and boilers. They can offer advice about saving energy with your system. A wide array of services can help, including choose a new installation or powerflushing the radiators to get rid of sludge.
If you need any help contact us to find a specialist near you.