As the weather gets colder almost everyone across Devon will have put their heating on at some point over the last few weeks. But with so much supposed 'advice' flying round out there, it can be hard to know how to save that all-important cash when it comes to your energy bills. One of the most common questions is whether it's cheaper to switch the heating on and off as and when it's needed or leave it running on low the entire time.
Should you turn the heating up or just get another blanket from upstairs? The thermostat can be a heated (ha!) topic for debate in any household due to how much it can cost to keep your house warm throughout winter. Another question on the topic of heating is: Is it cheaper to just leave the heating running or to constantly switch it on and off again? Well, money saving expert Martin Lewis has the answer.
Sometimes saving money on your utilities bills can be counterintuitive. For example, only switching your heating on when you need it may not save you money. In fact, it may cost you more as your boiler uses extra fuel to re-establish a comfortable temperature around the house. There are a lot of tips on saving energy out there - and the advice isn't always good. And with winter due to set in later this week it's not an issue you can sidestep anymore - unless you're a polar bear or a walrus.
@andrew_r_hall@craig_clare The pointraised was about the impartiality of the information I give. I pride myself on only ever saying what I believe is in the consumers best interest regardless of the impact on my or MSE finances. My wealth means I don't need to work. I do it because I'm passionate about it.
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Selecting a term
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