Energy saving myth busting: How to save money on your utilities

Everyone wants to save money on their energy bills, so it’s not surprising that there a lot of tips and tricks circulating for saving energy. But do these money-saving hacks work? We’ve taken a look of some of the most common energy-saving misconceptions, and what you can really do to save some pennies:

Myth: It is cheaper to leave your heating on low all day than turning it on and off

Unfortunately, the popular idea that it is cheaper to leave the heating on low all day, rather than turning it on an off, is a myth. The only way to save money on heating your home is to only turn it on when it is required.

What can I do? If you’re looking to cut down on your heating bills, why not invest in some thick curtains or a cosy blanket for those chilly nights spent on the couch.

Myth: Painting your radiators black will make them more efficient

This myth stems from radiators’ misleading name. Because darker objects are better at absorbing and then emitting heat than light colours, many people believe that painting radiators black will help to increase their efficiency. However, despite their name, radiators actually transfer heat through convection rather than radiation, so the colour won’t have any affect.

What can I do? To make sure your radiators are working as hard as they possible can to heat your home, bleed them regularly to get rid of any air that can cause problems.

Myth: Turning the temperature up with make the house heat up faster

If you blast your heating out at the highest temperature, the room will eventually become warmer, but this will not increase the speed at which heat is distributed. Regardless of the number on the thermostat, it will take the same amount of time to heat the same room.

What can I do? If you want to speed up the process of heating your home, the best thing you can do is to improve the insulation. Double glazing, roof insulation and cavity wall insulation are just a few things that can really help to keep your home warm and lower your heating bills.

At CEL Solicitors, we believe that everyone deserves to live in a warm and safe property, so if you believe that there are issues with your property that your landlord is legally obliged to fix, or to find out your rights as a tenant, contact our expert team of friendly solicitors today on 0151 909 8212 or email info@celsolicitors.co.uk.