Martin Lewis: Is it cheaper to keep heating on all day or turn it on and off when needed?

Martin Lewis: Is it cheaper to keep heating on all day or turn it on and off when needed? 1026170 1

The weather is getting colder, and many Britons are reaching to the central heating to warm themselves up.

However, many are worried about the additional cost of the heating.

What is the most cost effective way to have the heating on?

Martin Lewis revealed his opinion on heating and how long you should have it on for.

As we approach the peak of winter, Britons are preparing to dust down the heating and turn on their radiators for the winter. 

With UK energy costs easily stacking up, cranking up the central heating can be something of a concern for those who are footing the bill.

But is it cheaper to have your heating on low but constantly, or just turn it on as and when you feel it’s needed? 

Martin Lewis, 46, who is renowned for his money saving tips, has debunked the myth and the answer may be contrary to common opinion. 

Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield during an instalment of This Morning last year, the 46-year-old addressed whether homeowners and tenants should switch off the central heating, or leave it on all day.

The idea of the latter option saving energy in the long-term has been branded a myth by experts at the Energy Saving Trust – and Martin was quick to reiterate similar advice.

He told the ITV presenters: “They say it’s better to only put the heating on when you need it.

“You pay to pump energy in as and when is needed, and to keep pumping it in constantly isn’t efficient.”

The TV star went on to reveal the “best” tip for heating your home – which saw him recommend the use of a timer.

“Using a timer’s best,” he insisted. “Because your thermostat is designed to turn your heating on and off to keep your home at the temperature you set it.

“So in general I’d stick with that.”

However, Martin went on to consider how having the heating on at specific times of the day may not suit everyone.

Those who are based in the property throughout the whole day, for example, are likely to need the help of central heating during the colder months.

People who have – or are at risk of – damp, may also need to boost the temperature inside their home.

Martin went on to address how the system could help to combat condensation, and therefore damp.

“There are some engineers though who argue that keeping the heating on low with all the radiators on and the boiler down can work as it reduces condensation,” he said.

“Which when the heating is turned off collects within the walls, and can help conduct heat outside the home – meaning you lose heat more quickly and so will use more energy as a result.

“So if your house is prone to that you may want to think about it.”

Earlier this week, Martin advised This Morning viewers on which bank accounts they should consider for their children.

Source : EXPRESS

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