ENERGY bills this winter are expected to rise in the face of soaring gas prices. Anxious Brits are looking for penny-pinching ways to reduce their energy bills, but do you need to turn off your hot water when it’s not in use?
As Brits tighten their belts for a winter of rising energy bills as a result of the ongoing energy crisis, many are looking for tips that could reduce the cost of their household bills. Should you leave your hot water on all day, or will it save energy to turn it on only when you need it? The answer might surprise you.
Fuel prices have continued to rise as a result of the ‘energy crisis’ in the UK, and those costs are now being passed on to consumers.
The energy price cap has risen by more than £130 for 15 million consumers, adding to their household bills and leaving many Brits feeling anxious about their energy usage this winter.
Experts at EnergyHelpline.com are helping consumers keep their bills down by busting some popular myths about saving energy, and saving money on household bills.
So, should you turn the hot water off when you’re not using it?
Some 40 percent of Brits surveyed by EnergyHelpline believe you should turn off the hot water when it’s not in use, but this is FALSE.
There are two schools of thought on this, and you can see where either side is coming from.
By leaving the hot water on, the water remains heated all day, and therefore you aren’t using energy to heat the water from cold.
By turning the hot water off, and only on when needed, the argument is that it takes more energy to heat the water from cold.
Tashema Jackson, comparison champion at Energy Helpline, explains why it’s a myth that leaving your hot water on will make your bills more expensive.
She says: “There really isn’t any saving to be had by turning your hot water on and off.
“It’s better to make sure your boiler tank has a good insulating jacket so the water doesn’t require reheating.
For those on an Economy 7 tariff where energy is cheaper at night, you can make some savings by setting your water heater to come on at night for use during the day.”
In short: turning the heating on and off all day. “Brinkwire Summary News”.