This is when you should turn your central heating off, according to the experts

Lisa Walden
·3-min read
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Photo credit: Malorny - Getty Images

From Country Living

With spring on the horizon, the question is: When is the best time to turn the central heating off?

According to Utility Bidder, most households will turn their thermostat down on Sunday March 14th to save money as the weather warms up. While this will be different for everyone, this date is predicted to be the most popular with households around the country.

"There's no specific temperature at which you should be turning off your heating, as it will depend on how well insulated your home is (and what your ideal temperature is)," say Utility Bidder.

"Better insulated homes will be able to keep warm even when temperatures are low into the early spring, but every home will be different. The most effective way to control your heating is to use a room thermostat that is set between 18 and 21°C."

Want to save some money on your heating bills? Take a look at some of the simple things you can do below...

6 easy ways to save energy at home

1. Bleed your radiators

If your radiators have trapped air inside them, it might be time to bleed them. "Bleeding your radiators is a quick job you can do yourself which doesn't cost anything extra, but can help save you money on your energy bills by improving the efficiency of your radiators," explain Utility Bidder.

Photo credit: Malorny - Getty Images
Photo credit: Malorny - Getty Images

2. Close your curtains

Simple, yes, but closing your curtains and tucking them behind your radiator is an excellent way to stop heat escaping through the windows and walls.

The team advise: "Whether you are drying clothes or putting furniture in front of your radiators, all of these factors will block the flow of air, making your boiler work faster, costing you more money! Also make sure you regularly clean your radiators as a build up of dust can prevent the heat from escaping."

3. Don't leave your heating on low all day

While many think leaving your heating on low all day can save a pretty penny, having your heating on when you need it is the best way to save you energy. Whether it's your bedroom or hallway, turn your radiator off if you're not in the room. Feeling cold? Why not grab a hot water bottle or wrap up with an extra jumper instead.

4. Consider buying an extra rug

A soft rug underfoot can add extra layers of insulation to your flooring, trap cold air and keep your space warm, too. As well as this, a draught excluder is another great way to reduce your heating costs and block unwanted draughts from under doors or cracks.

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5. Pick an energy plan that's right for you

"It's important to choose an energy plan carefully before you become tied into a contract," add the team. "You should consider how much energy you use, the type of fuels and how much you want to pay, as all of these things have an impact on the cost. For example, using only 100% renewable electricity will likely cost more per unit than electricity that comes from the National Grid."

6. Don't block radiators with furniture

Furniture situated in front of a radiator can block heat from coming into the room, meaning you could end up spending money on heat you don't feel. "You might not pay much attention to your radiators when you're positioning furniture in your home, but this can be a mistake. If you block these heaters with items of furniture, you can prevent them from warming your rooms as efficiently as possible."

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