Heating Controls

You could save £160 every year

Check List:

  • Can you set a time for when your heating comes on?
  • Can you control the heat of your house?
  • Can you turn down the heat on your radiators?

How can I save money?

By keeping your house to approximately 19-20 degrees you could be saving £55 every year on your bills. 

For every one degree you turn your heating down you save £55.

Heating controls are vital to ensure that you are not producing so much excess heat that it mostly goes to waste. Stop heating spare rooms or those that are rarely occupied or even more wasteful, heating the home when you are out.

The equivalent would be to have a kettle that keeps itself hot all day just on the off chance you fancy a cup of tea once or twice a day. You wouldn’t keep your car idling outside without driving it either, would you?

However people do the same with their heating all the time. 

But can you turn down your heating by one degree? To do this you need a thermostat. The older models look like a dial and they are often in hallways. 

These dial thermostats are not always as effective as a modern wireless digital thermostat. It is very hard to accurately turn your heating down by one degree with a dial, which may or may not have the temperatures written on it.

A modern thermostat is cheap to fit and very easy to use.

Temperature Control

It is important that you are able to control the temperature of each room in your home and to do this you should have a room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves.

A well-controlled heating system with a room thermostat in one room and TRVs in all other rooms will save energy in two ways. The heating controls will: 

-  Keep every room at the temperature you want, with no rooms warmer than they need to be.

-  Make your boiler run more efficiently.

This means that your boiler will use less gas to keep you warm and comfortable and your bills will be lower.

Time Control

As well as a temperature control in each room you will also need a timer for your heating system to set the overall on and off times. These should be matched to the times you are in your home and it is a good idea to get to know how your programmer works so that you can adjust the operating times on days when your circumstances changes.

Nearly all homes have some form of timer. More modern versions are also available, known as ‘programmers’, and these can give more flexibility such as allowing you to set different times for weekdays and weekends. Some are even combined with a room thermostat (a ‘programmable room thermostat’) so that you can set different temperatures for different times of the day.

More information:

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/wales/Heating-and-hot-water/Thermostats-and-controls

http://www.controlyourhome.org.uk

http://www.nef.org.uk/energysaving/heatingcontrols.htm

Heating Controls

You could save 640kg of carbon every year

Check List:

  • Can you set a time for when your heating comes on?
  • Can you control the heat of your house?
  • Can you turn down the heat on your radiators?

How can I save carbon?

For every one degree you turn down your heating this could save 230kg of carbon.

Heating controls are vital to ensure that you are not producing so much excess heat that it mostly goes to waste. Stop heating spare rooms or those that are rarely occupied or even more wasteful, heating the home when you are out.

To put the above into perspective can you imagine being silly enough to have a kettle that keeps itself hot all day to save you the trouble of refilling and boiling the water each time you want a cup of tea.  Keeping your car idling outside without driving away is another comparison to putting your heating on and then leaving the house.

These scenarios sound wasteful and costly but people do the same with their heating all the time. 

By just keeping your house to around 19-20 degrees you could be saving 230kg every year. You could save more if your house is not hot enough to allow you to wear a T-shirt and shorts in the winter.

But can you turn down your heating by one degree? You will need a thermostat for you to be able to do this.  Older thermostats look like a dial and they are often in hallways. 

These dial thermostats are not as effective as a modern wireless digital thermostat. It is very hard to accurately turn your heating down by one degree with a dial, which may or may not have the temperatures written on it.

A modern thermostat is cheap to fit and very easy to use.

Temperature Control

It is important that you are able to control the temperature of each room in your home and to do this you should have a room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves.

A well-controlled heating system with a room thermostat in one room and TRVs in all other rooms will save energy in two ways. The heating controls will: 

-  Keep every room at the temperature you want, with no rooms warmer than they need to be.

-  Make your boiler run more efficiently.

This means that your boiler will use less gas to keep you warm and comfortable and your bills will be lower.

Time Control

As well as a temperature control in each room you will also need a timer for your heating system to set the overall on and off times. These should be matched to the times you are in your home and it is a good idea to get to know how your programmer works so that you can adjust the operating times on days when your circumstances changes.

Nearly all homes have some form of timer. More modern versions are also available, known as ‘programmers’, and these can give more flexibility such as allowing you to set different times for weekdays and weekends. Some are even combined with a room thermostat (a ‘programmable room thermostat’) so that you can set different temperatures for different times of the day.

More information:

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/wales/Heating-and-hot-water/Thermostats-and-controls

http://www.controlyourhome.org.uk

http://www.nef.org.uk/energysaving/heatingcontrols.htm