Over three quarters of Brits (78%) claim to know how to use their home heating controls. But more than half of people make at least one error that pushes household bills up by £75 a year.
According to The Energy Saving Trust, the five most common myths are:
- MYTH 1: Turn the heating up when it’s cold outside. More than half of people (52%) turn the thermostat up when it’s cold outside. A home shouldn’t need this as the thermostat is there to maintain the home temperature whatever the weather.
- MYTH 2: Turn up the thermostat to heat the room quicker. Over a third of people (34%) turn their room thermostat up when they want the room to heat up quicker. This does not help a room become warmer any quicker and only heats the home to a warmer temperature.
- MYTH 3: Leave the heating on low constantly. Thirty-eight per cent of people think it's more energy efficient to leave the heating turned on at a low temperature constantly, rather than turn it on and off. This means these homes are heated when no-one is there to benefit and then the home is too cold when people are in the home.
- MYTH 4: Hot water runs out if you stop feeding the tank. Nearly a third of people (31%) leave their water heating on all the time to make sure they never run out, which could be costing far more on their energy bills than necessary.
- MYTH 5: Keep electric storage heaters on all the time. The research found that few people with electric storage heaters fully understand how they work (only 38%). This means that households with electric heating could be paying through the nose by not taking advantage of cheaper night-rate electricity.
Philip Sellwood of Energy Saving Trust, said: “Rightfully, millions of householders are confused by their heating controls because, let’s be honest, it is a bit of a minefield. There are plenty of myths out there and it’s no wonder people aren’t getting it right. We are urging customers to learn about the myths, check their tariff, switch suppliers and insulate their homes.”
For more energy-saving tips, read our 15 ways to cut bills.