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Is your home heating set too high?

If so, you could be wasting hundreds of Euro on your bills.

Research published today by Switcher.ie shows that many of us could be wasting hundreds of Euro on our energy bills by overheating our homes.

In fact, one in five of us are basking in temperatures at home that rival the summer heat of the Costa del Sol. Not surprising, then, that the same number are comfortable at home in vests, tank tops, or t-shirts.

If this sounds like you, it’s worth considering whether or not you could turn the heating down a notch or two.

Each increase of 1 degree on the thermostat increases heating bills by up to 10%, so you could save a packet by better managing the temperature at home.

How to manage the temperature in your home

There are several things you can do to improve the efficiency of your heating and make sure you’re not overspending unnecessarily. For example:

  • Use a thermostat to manage the temperature - and remember, each one degree increase could add up to 10% onto your heating bills.
  • Use a timer to control when heating comes on and off. It’s not efficient to leave the heating on all day - even at a lower temperature - so setting the heating to come on when you’re home will have a positive impact on your energy bills.
  • Wrap up and turn the heating down. If you’re one of the people who wears summer clothes at home, even during the winter, turning down the heating by a couple of degrees and throwing on a jumper could have a huge impact on your bills.
  • Invest in a smart thermostat. These devices, such as the Nest, Climote or Hub Controller, allow you to actively manage your heating via your smartphone - even when you’re not at home.

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Make an energy switch to save even more

A recent report from the CER has also shown that a high percentage of consumers could benefit by switching supplier or being on a better tariff.

At the moment, the average gas and electricity customer can save up to €318 by switching from standard tariffs to the cheapest deals on the market.

So, if you’ve been with your supplier for some time, it would worth reviewing the deals that are out there and seeing how much you could save by switching.

Comparing deals and making a switch only takes a few minutes using Switcher.ie’s free gas and electricity comparison tool.

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