A report by the Energy Saving Trust suggested that nearly 80% of people thought they knew how to use their heating controls, but were actually using them incorrectly.

With this in mind, we've debunked some of the energy-saving myths you may have thought were true, which could be costing your money.

Turning up the thermostat will heat your home quicker

Wrong. Your home won't actually get hotter quicker, you'll just find it's hotter than you need it when it had warmed up. 

This is a sure-fire way to waste energy, and it's far better to set a timer to turn the heating on 15 or 30 minutes before you get up in the morning or get home from work. This will ensure you're waking up or coming home to a warm home, and you'll resist the temperature to turn the thermostat up full whack because the house is cold.

Leaving hot water on all the time

Another completely untrue energy-saving myth. If your home has a conventional system which heats just enough water for your requirements, by leaving it on all the time you're paying to heat water that is surplus to your needs. A big waste of money!

Save money by keeping the heating on low constantly

We dread to think the money energy companies are cashing in on with so many homeowners using this tactic, thinking they're saving on their bills. 

Ultimately this will cost you more in the long-run, and the most efficient (and cheapest) way to manage your heating is to use a thermostat or combine timer, only heating the house when you need it.

So there you have it - 3 supposed energy-saving tactics you can stop using immediately.

To summarise: don't be tempted to turn the heating up to get the house heated up quicker, and use timers for both your hot water and heating to ensure you're not paying for more than you need.

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