Discerning Fact From Fiction & Making Savings On Gas & Electricity

In this article, we look at some conflicting questions and their answers. To get the answers we have accrued information from independent electricians, plumbers, a Utility Bidder, and the Energy Saving Trust. The reason for addressing these specific questions is because different sources often provide contradictory answers. We have compiled all the different answers from all the different sources so that they can help you make an informed decision. 

1-Which Is Cheaper, An Electric Heater Or Using Radiators?

According to the Energy Saving Trust, the most expensive way to heat your premises is to use electric heaters. One of the cheapest ways to efficiently heat your entire house is to use an effective central gas heating system. The central gas heating system must have a timer, room thermostat, and a complete set of customized thermostatic radiator valves. 

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2-Should I Have A Main Thermostat For Heating My Entire House Or Individual Thermostats For Each Room?

It is crucial to have as many controls as you can for each part of the property to make the most periodical savings on your energy bills. Installing a thermostatic radiator valve and corresponding thermostats is not a one-size-fits-all solution for all kinds of property. A small house will have different heating requirements in comparison to a larger piece of property. Even so, the smaller house will benefit by having more thermostats in each portion of the house. 

Each room, lounge, and area of a larger house should have an individual radiator valve that can also be controlled by the main thermostat. This way you can switch off the heating for rooms in the house that are not being used by anyone to make savings on your energy bills. 

3-Does A Mobile Phone Or Laptop Charger Use Electricity When It Is Plugged In Without A Device Connected To It?

A lot of electronic devices such as laptops, mobile phones, PDAs, and game consoles need to be charged so that they keep functioning on a routine basis. But a lot of times the charger is still connected to the wall outlet without a device being connected to it. According to the Energy Saving Trust households waste approximately £35 of energy by leaving their chargers on the wall socket without a device connected to it. One way to check if the charger is still consuming energy is that it will be warm to the touch even without a device connected to the charger. 

4-Does It Make A Difference In My Energy Bill Whether I Run Heavy Appliances During The Day Or At Night?

Yes, it does make a difference for consumers on an Economy 7 or 10 tariff with their energy provider. For these consumers, it is advisable to use heavy appliances at night instead of using them in the morning. This is because these consumers will be paying more per unit in the daytime than they will pay per unit at night. It doesn’t make any difference on their energy bill for consumers that are not on an Economy 7 or 10 tariff when they use heavy appliances.

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