Tips on reducing your fuel bills and energy usage.

Each week, our sustainability team will share energy-saving tips that can help you save money.

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. 

A free service open to tenants and leaseholders, our home energy advice team can visit you in your home, giving you expert advice on how to;

  • Stay warm
  • Set your thermostat
  • Programme your boiler
  • Control your radiators
  • Use electricity more efficiently
  • Switch to cheaper tariffs 

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