Heating your home: is it cheaper to keep it on low all day or turn it on and off?

Manchester Evening News Finance 2 months ago

Now the weather's getting colder, chances are you'll have started to put the heating on at home.

If you ask me, getting out of the shower when your home is anything less than warm should be an Olympic sport. That stuff is DIFFICULT.

There's just one setback to having a lovely, toasty house, and that, of course, is price.

Whacking on the heating can be a costly business, and bills soon rack up during the cold winter months. That said, you'll probably have considered whether it's cheaper to keep turning it on or off, or if it's financially more viable to keep the heating on a low setting all day.

Manchester Evening News has spoken to Martin Lewis' website MoneySavingExpert.com to get to the bottom of things, and we finally have answers.

When asked by the M.E.N. what the most cost-efficient way to heat a home is, Steve Nowottny, of MoneySavingExpert.com, said: “As winter approaches, we’re often asked whether it’s cheaper to leave the heating on low all day even when you’re out, or turn it up only when you need it.

"While the answer’s hotly debated, the consensus among most – though not all – energy experts seems to be that having the heating on only when you need it is the best way to save energy, and therefore money.

"The key point here is that it’s all about the total energy required to heat your home. Given that a certain amount of energy is constantly leaking out of your home, no matter how good your insulation, it’s best to only heat your home when you need it."

He added: "It’s worth noting though that this isn’t clear-cut, and not everyone agrees. Some specialists argue you should avoid turning the heating on and off as it can cause condensation to collect within the walls, which in turn can mean you home leaks heat more quickly."

So if you want to keep costs down, only turn the heating on when you need.

If you're struggling with costs, you can see if you're eligible for Government-funded grants for heating and such as winter fuel payments, cold weather payments and the warm home discount.

 

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