New research by GoCompare has revealed that 24% of couples have argued about when to turn on the central heating. You might call them heated debates.
A further 12% have argued about the energy bills when they arrived, debating who is responsible for the most energy use.
However, the really worrying parts of the survey showed that only 17% of people will keep their homes as warm as they can regardless of the cost. That leaves a lot of people concerned about their heating and looking for other ways of staying warm.
If you are concerned about turning the heating on or up, then why not try the following tips to help you save money on your fuel bills?
18 is the magic number
With the thermostat set at 18˚C, you should be warm enough in jeans and a jumper. If 18 feels cold to start with, try bringing it down towards that by one degree each week until you get used it. Reducing the temperature by just one degree should save you 10% on your fuel bills.
Timing is everything
If your boiler has a timer function on it, then learn to use it. With some clever time keeping, you can make the house warm when you get up or get home from work, without having the heating on the rest of the time. Remember that the house takes a little time to warm up, so set it to come on twenty minutes before you need it to be warm.
Only heat what you use
There is no point heating rooms that you don’t use. So if there are rooms in the house you are not using, turn the radiators off in the space. Keep doors closed so that heat doesn’t leak away from the rest of the house. Hallways and corridors can also be cooler as they are only transitional spaces.
Find the draughts
One of the biggest ways heat is lost in the home is with draughts. Find out where the cold air is coming from and seal. It could be around old windows or door frames. Draught excluders are usually cheap and easy to fit, and they can make a huge difference.
It can be easy to let larger-than-expected bills cause problems with your monthly budget. If you urgently need cash to cover unexpected bills and money-saving tips haven’t helped, a payday loan may be an option to help to tide you over. These are most effective when repayments can be made quickly following payday.