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Making the most of your heating system

Effectively controlling your heating and hot water system is a good way of saving money on your energy bills and increasing the comfort of your home.

Using the system controls correctly will let you keep your home at the right temperature without wasting fuel or heat – so you’ll reduce your carbon footprint too.

Electric Storage Heaters (Economy 7)

If you have an electric storage heating and hot water system, use off-peak electricity to ‘charge up’ the heaters overnight to release the heat when you need it. For instructions on how to use storage heaters please view our Electric Storage Heater Factsheet:

Storage Heater factsheet.pdf


Traditional ‘wet’ Central Heating System

Image of a central heating radiatorIf your home is heated by water-filled pipes and radiators running from a boiler, you have a traditional ‘wet’ central heating system. Your full set of controls should ideally include:

  • a timer / programmer
  • a room thermostat
  • thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs)
  • a boiler thermostat
  • cylinder thermostat

Find out more about how to control your central heating on our Controlling your heating webpage.

Damp, Condensation & Mould

Not heating or ventilating your home correctly is also one of the main factors associated with damp, condensation and mould growth.

Please visit our damp, condensation and mould webpage.

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