Martin Lewis: Most ‘efficient’ way to heat homes – should you keep heating on low all day?

Martin Lewis discusses UK energy price cap increase

Martin Lewis, 48, has spoken on the topic a number of times over the years, most recently during a This Morning appearance last year. The money saving expert advised viewers on the best way to heat their homes during cold weather.

Many are unsure if the most cost-effective way of heating their home is to leave the heating on low all day, or to switch it on and off as needed.

Martin gave his advice to Holly and Phil on the age-old dilemma. 

He said: “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.”

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Explaining the best way to get the most out of the heating when it is really needed, Martin continued: “Using a timer’s best, because your thermostat is designed to turn your heating on and off to keep you home at the temperature you set it at. So in general I’d stick with that.”

There is one type of home this does not apply to though.

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

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Energy bills are likely to rise for millions of Britons following a change to the rate cap on Friday.

Energy prices will increase for millions of British households in April after the regulator Ofgem announced the price cap for domestic energy deals would be raised.

The price hike is being driven by a need to cover suppliers’ additional costs.

The current price cap meant households were facing savings of £100 a year.

April 2021 will be the first time the energy price cap has been raised in two years.

Ofgem announced an £84 a year cut in October 2020 in the wake of the first Covid-19 lockdown – the lowest level yet for the current winter period.

The typical gas and electricity customer is likely to see their bill rise by between £96 and £1,138 a year for 11 million default tariff customers.

Four million prepayment meter customers will see their energy prices rise by between £87 to £1,156 a year.

The regulator said consumers could potentially save up to £150 a year if they look at switching tariffs.

Jonathan Brearley, chief executive of the regulator, said the rise in spring would be more beneficial as less energy is used during this season.

He said: “Energy bill increases are never welcome, especially as many households are struggling with the impact of the pandemic. We have carefully scrutinised these changes to ensure that customers only pay a fair price for their energy.

“As the UK still faces challenges around Covid-19, during this exceptional time I expect suppliers to set their prices competitively, treat all customers fairly and ensure that any household in financial distress is given access to the support they need.”

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