I’m a heating expert – when keeping it on this winter can cut your energy bill and the times it’ll cost you


MOST households are worried about the cost of heating their homes this winter.And there are theories about whether leaving your radiators on low all the time might actually be cheaper than turning them on for a couple of hours in the morning and evening.

But is this actually the case?

John Lawless, who works for BestHeating.com, acknowledges that it is a tricky question to answer.

“It’s a hotly debated topic and, unfortunately, one without a straightforward answer,” he told The Sun.

“The truth is it might be cheaper to keep your central heating on low all the time, it all depends on a number of factors.”

The amount it costs to heat your home is linked to how energy efficient your home is to begin with.

For example, if your home is well insulated, it will retain heat for much of the day even if you only had the heating on for a couple of hours in the morning.

On the other hand, if your home is full of holes and gaps, you will lose heat faster.

“The key thing to understand is the total amount of energy needed to heat your home,” John explained.

“A lot of that will depend on how good your insulation is, such as whether you’ve got cavity wall insulation, or the recommended 250-300mm of insulation in your loft space.

“Ultimately if you have your heating on all day, you’re losing energy all day.”

While leaving your heating on all the time will mean your boiler is constantly using energy to keep the temperature at a set level, with poor insulation it will have to work even harder to maintain this temperature.

The one time it might be really important to leave your heating on low is if your house is damp, or you are going away on holiday.

This can protect your house against mould caused by damp and frozen pipes, which can cause hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

“In most cases, a timer that makes the heating come on and off, plus a thermostat to keep your home at a set temperature, is probably the best way to go,” John said.

But this only works if you have a well insulated home and an energy efficient boiler, for example, if you live in a new build property.

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