Overheating will add ‘£1.4bn to Brits’ energy bills’

Around 11 million consumers will overheat their homes, adding at least £1.4 billion to their energy bills. That’s according to a new report from uSwitch.com. It adds Londoners are the […]

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Around 11 million consumers will overheat their homes, adding at least £1.4 billion to their energy bills.

That’s according to a new report from uSwitch.com.

It adds Londoners are the UK’s “heating addicts” as nearly two in five (39%) increase their thermostat above 21°C.

However it states those in the East Midlands are the most temperature-conscious.

The report adds more than half (52%) of consumers mistakenly believe that ramping up the thermostat to above the desired temperature will heat their home more quickly.

The recommended temperature for homes in the winter is between 18°C and 21°C and turning up the dial by just one degree can increase annual energy bills by 10%, it claims.

Tom Lyon, Energy Expert at uSwitch.com, said: “Using, or installing, a timer to control your heating is a good way to match the temperature with your schedule at home – for example programming it for when you’re coming back from work, or getting up in the morning.

“Now, before winter sets in, is also a good opportunity to consider switching to a cheaper energy deal. This takes a matter of minutes and could cut annual bills by as much as £300.”