Is it better to keep the home heating on all the time?

There are mixed messages as to whether information about switching appliances and heating on and off is actually more costly than keeping it on permanently. Read our pointers below to learn how to save some money with your energy costs by managing your home heating more efficiently.

Option 1 – Leaving your heating on

The argument for leaving your home heating at a low setting all the time is that your house will always be at a comfortable temperature. The thought behind this is that it will take more energy to heat up your home once switched off than it does to keep it switched on at all times. However, by doing this you are using up more fuel which inevitably means your home is less energy efficient and is costing you more money.

Option 2 – Using a timer to set the temperature

More often than not, most households use a timer to choose when the home heating system will come on so that it is ready for when it is needed. Modern thermostats can also have a separate setting for different times and optimum energy efficiency; for example having the heating on more frequently at the weekends when you may spend longer periods of time in the house.

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The importance of insulation

One of the main reasons that people believe their house will take more energy to bring the temperature back up to a desired level is due to poor insulation.

20% of heat is lost through windows and doors in the house, so it is important to make sure that the risk of this is minimal and to check for any possible draughts where heat can escape. If your house is well insulated it will have a higher level of energy efficiency and be more cost effective for you and your family.

Testing your temperature

The best way to find out which of these options is cheapest and more energy efficient for you is to conduct an experiment in your house. For one week to a fortnight, leave your heating on a low setting all of the time, not forgetting to take a meter reading at the start and end of the week.

For the next two weeks, again checking the meter, choose when you most need your heating and put it on a timer for a couple of times a day; perhaps just before you are due to get up and just before you arrive home for the evening. Compare the two meter readings to find out which is the more energy efficient for your particular situation.

Energy efficiency in the home is a huge factor towards cutting costs and helping to reduce your carbon footprint. Each individual household will have different needs and if you take the time to find out what is best for your property you will see it is well worth the effort.