Heating and hot water – the facts
Installing and using heating controls can significantly reduce your heating bills by only heating your house and water to the temperatures you need – when you need it. A room thermostat and seven thermostatic radiator valves cost around £350 and could save you £70 – £150 a year.
Here’s a quick introduction to heating controls and how you can make changes to save energy and money.
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- Thermostats – enable you to control the overall temperature of your home. When the thermostat senses that the house has reached the desired temperature it turns the boiler off and only turns it on again when the temperature falls. Set it at 17oC to start with and turn it up by one degree if you still feel cold.
- Programmers – enable you to control the timing of when your heating and hot water turn on and off. Set the programmer to turn on half an hour before you get up and off half an hour before bedtime.
- Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) – you can control the temperature in each room. A setting of ‘1’ is suitable for unused rooms, ‘2’ for bedrooms and kitchens, ‘2’ or‘3’ for living rooms and ‘3’ for bathrooms.
- Boiler thermostats – you can control the temperature of the water in your hot water cylinder. It should be set no higher than 60oC to reduce wasted energy and limescale formation.
Home Energy – Heating Controls (L0)