Exact date to turn your heating on this winter – and how to shave £100 off your bill | The Sun

WITH colder weather around the corner, we explain the exact date to put your heating on this winter.

Although it's up to you when to switch on your radiators, many households tend to pop their heating on at specific times of the year.

According to Utilita, most people start switching their heating on when the temperature reaches 12.5 degrees outside.

This is usually around October 24 or 25.

For UK homes, 12 degrees is considered to be too cold – while 30 degrees is too hot.

Many households will be considering holding off later than this to put the heating on this winter as bills are set to soar to £2,500.

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From October 1, a typical family will pay no more than £2,500 a year for their energy bills for the next two years under the government's Energy Price Guarantee.

The price cap is currently £1,971 a year, which means households will have to find an extra £529 a year for their energy bill.

The freeze includes the £400 energy rebate that all households will receive between October and March 2023.

We also explain what temperature you should crank the thermostat up – and how to save £100 with a simple heating trick too.

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What temperature should I put my heating on?

Energy Saving Trust recommends you should setyour thermostat to the "lowest comfortable temperature".

For most of us this is between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius – but there are exceptions.

"People experiencing certain health conditions may require a slightly warmer environment," a Utilita spokesperson said.

How can I save £100 off my bill?

The average central heating temperature households set their heating to is 20°c.

It means plenty of people have room to turn their thermostat down to the recommended temperature.

Turning your thermostat down by just one degree can save you £100 on your energy bills.

So turning it down by an extra two or three could shave up to £300 off your bill – a big saving as costs are set to soar.

How else can I slash my energy bills?

Tumble dryers are one of the biggest energy guzzlers, costing around £1.27 per cycle, according to Uswitch.

Turn it off at the switch and use a clothes horse instead to dry your clothes for free.

While properly draught proofing your house can save £45 a year – you can use old socks and towels to put up against your door.

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Smart meters can shave £65 a month off your energy bills.

Washing your clothes at 30 degrees instead of 40 could save you another £12.

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