The early evening sky has steadily grown darker, and our breath now fogs in clouds as we walk across town and try to warm our fingertips. Winter has arrived, and the cold is upon us.
Channel Islanders spend, on average, at least 10% of their total household budget on home heating, so it makes sense to ensure whichever system you are using is as cost effective and energy efficient as possible.
Oil-fired central heating continues to be a popular choice for homeowners in the Channel Islands because modern boilers are more efficient and cost effective to run. But efficiency, as with all things, depends on how well you maintain your system.
Did you know the belief that “initially turning up the thermostat will give you more heat quicker” is a myth? You should keep your thermostat and radiator valves set at a constant level, as a low-level of background heat will be more effective than always turning the heat up or down, making the boiler work unnecessarily. Turn your thermostat down to between 18 and 21 degrees and leave it there. You’ll soon notice a difference. Reducing your thermostat by just one degree can knock 10% off your heating bill.
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