Energy saving tips: Radiators
Tips on reducing your fuel bills and energy usage.
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This week's tip is around:
Older radiators have valves which let you turn the radiator on and off. If a radiator is too hot, turn the valve clockwise. If the radiator's too cold, turn the valve anti-clockwise.
Newer radiators, or ones that have been serviced recently, will have "TRVs" – Thermostatic Radiator Valves (pictured right). They have numbers on, usually 1–6. The valve shuts off once a room is at a certain temperature, depending on the number set.
How do you know which number to set the TRV to? Here’s our handy guide, which assumes that your TRV goes from 1 to 6:
- Bathrooms — set to 6
Bathrooms have a lot of moisture, which can cause damp and mould. Keep your bathroom warm to stop the moisture settling, and ventilate it properly to stop mould building up.
- Living room — 5 or 6
This is where you spend most of your time, and usually where your thermostat is found.
- Bedrooms — about 3
We tend to sleep better when in cooler rooms because our bodies cool down when we sleep, and we’re often covered in blankets/duvets.
- Unused rooms — 1 or * (frost protection)
Keep doors closed so they don’t take in heat, and set the TRV to the frost-protection setting, shown as a *, or to 1.
- Kitchens – 1–3
Your cooking will warm the kitchen.
- Hallways – 1–3
You might need to experiment a little bit with the settings to make sure your home is warm enough.
- Stay warm
- Set your thermostat
- Programme your boiler
- Control your radiators
- Use electricity more efficiently
- Switch to cheaper tariffs
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