Dial on the side of a radiator to set temperature

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

Some people say that leaving heating on at a low setting all the time is a better idea than switching it on and off.

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 it’s highly likely that you’ll use up more fuel, which will inevitably cost you more money. Alternatively, you could use a timer, or a smart thermostat.

Using a timer to set when the heating comes on

If everyone in your household is out of the home for a lot of the day, it probably makes more sense to use a timer to set your heating for the times when you’ll be home.

Timers are generally easy to use, and will allow you to choose the periods of time you want the heating to come on.

For example you could have it come on half an hour before you get up in the morning and switch off around the time everyone leaves the house. You could then time it to come back on around the time you are normally back home in the evening and turn off when everyone is going to bed.

This means that no energy is lost by having the heating on throughout the day if no-one is home.

Smart thermostats

As well as regular timers for when your heating comes on and off, we’re seeing an increase in the popularity of smart devices, like the Hive, Nest and Climote. These smart thermostats allow you to control your home heating and water boiler simply from within the home, and remotely, via an app.

The argument for these kinds of devices is that they help you to actively manage the temperature in your home.

Smart thermostats save you money over time by helping you to be smarter about your usage and some even ‘learn’ your behaviour - helping you to be more energy efficient without even knowing it.

The biggest saving you can make on your energy bills can still be made by switching provider, so compare gas and electricity deals now.