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Using a thermostat

When heating your home, it is important to be efficient.

Captain Cosy is here to offer advice on how, by using your thermostat correctly, you can help reduce your energy bills and get the most out of your heating this winter.

A thermostat senses the air temperature, switching on when the air temperature falls below the set temperature, and off when the set temperature has been reached.

Some people believe that leaving the heating on and setting the thermostat at a constant temperature is the best way to heat your home, however that’s not always the case.

Turning down your thermostat by just 1°C can save you £80 to £85 a year, according to the Energy Saving Trust.

Here are Captain Cosy’s top tips on how to effectively heat your home.

  • Make sure that the thermostat is free from obstructions such as furniture and curtains; allow a free flow of air so it can sense the temperature in the room.
  • Position the thermostat away from your boiler, fire, any TV’s or lamps and in the room you want to be the warmest.
  • Setting your thermostat to 19/20°C is acceptable. Age UK suggests that older people should set their temperature to between 18-21°C.
  • At night-time, it is recommended to turn your thermostat down to 16-19°C. Lullaby Trust recommends babies should sleep in a room that is between 16-20°C.

Follow Captain Cosy’s tips to keep tabs on how much you’re spending on gas/electric, so you can power your home for less:

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