Temper(ature) tantrums: four in ten people disagree over home heating in winter

By JaneBranscombe

Four in ten (41%) people get hot
under the collar when it comes to the temperature in the home during winter,
according to new research1 from

With the clocks going back on
Sunday and winter well on its way,
E.ON is sharing new research and tips to help keep
households harmonious while helping ensure people are using no more energy than
they need.

Home heating hints

According to the new research1:

  • Just 15% of people know that heating accounts for around almost two thirds (60%) of a typical household’s energy use2;

  • Only one in five people know that 18oC is NHS England recommend temperature in most lived-in rooms and bedrooms (21%)3;
  • A fifth of people mistakenly think leaving the heating on all day is cheaper than putting it on only when it’s needed or using programmable heating controls (18%);
  • One in five incorrectly assume that setting the thermostat to maximum
    will make their house warm up quicker than just setting the thermostat to the
    desired temperature and waiting (19%).

There are a number of simple steps
people can take to manage their home heating effectively, without compromising
on their comfort or health. For example:

  • Bleed radiators if rooms don’t heat up or if radiators feel cold at the top and hot at the bottom;

  • Don’t cover radiators or block them behind furniture – leave space for heat to flow into the room;
  • Keep curtains and blinds open during the day to let in warm winter
    sunlight – but close them when it gets dark to help keep heat in.

Plugging the gaps

A typical home can lose around a
third of its heat through uninsulated walls and up to a quarter through the

  • It’s worth having walls professionally insulated and ensuring there’s at least 270mm of loft insulation, if insulation is below the joist. Low income households may even be eligible for free insulation4;

  • Plugging gaps under floorboards could reduce heating bills by nearly 9%2. And filling gaps around windows, doors, pipes, loft hatches and even keyholes and letterboxes with draught-proofing supplies from local DIY stores will help keep heat in too.

Winter water use

The research1 shows
that only one in five (18%) people know that heating hot water for use around
the home accounts for roughly a quarter of a typical household’s energy use,
making it the next biggest contributor, after heating. There are simple ways to
help control this:

  • Lowering the temperature on a water cylinder to 60°C could reduce water heating costs by 18%2;

  • Insulating hot water pipes with foam insulation sleeves can save energy by cutting the need to reheat water;
  • Fitting a cylinder jacket can reduce heat loss and cut a household’s gas bill by 5%1;
  • Cutting down on baths can help cut energy use – baths can use twice as much water as a five-minute shower with an efficient showerhead;
  • Many modern showers heat up straightaway, removing the need to leave them running before getting in

up longer nights

Lighting a home typically accounts for 8% of its
total energy costs2.

  • According to the research1, one in ten people (9%) incorrectly think it’s cheaper to leave lights on instead of turning them off when they leave a room – regardless of how soon they’ll need them again;

  • Occupancy sensors automatically switch lights off when no one is in a room and timers turn lights off after a pre-set amount of time – both can help cut lighting waste, as can adding motion sensors and timers to outdoor lights;
  • Switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and light-emitting diode bulbs (LED) in rooms used most often, like the kitchen, living room, or outside, can help cut costs. CFLs and LEDs both use about a quarter of the energy of traditional bulbs and can pay for themselves in a year or two years

Looking after laundry

  • Tumble dryers use a lot of energy so give clothes an extra spin in the washing machine before tumble drying them as this will help them dry much quicker;

  • Folding clothes loosely onto racks in airing cupboards can also help dry them off too.

For more information about how to save energy in the
home, and to find out how your energy use stacks up compared to similar homes, please


Notes to editors

1. Research conducted by OnePoll
for E.ON with 2,000 UK adults in October 2015;

2. Source for all data and tips:

3. “Keep your home warm:

  • If you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, you should heat your home to at least 18oC. It’s a good idea to keep your bedroom at this temperature all night if you can. During the day you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer. Make sure you wear enough clothes to stay warm.
  • If you’re under 65 and healthy and active you can safely have your house cooler than 18oC, if you’re comfortable.
  • You can also use a hot water bottle or electric blanket (but not both at the same time) to keep warm while you’re in bed.”

Source: nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/KeepWarmKeepWell.aspx

4. E.ON is helping people who
are on certain benefits and own or privately rent their home to get free loft
and cavity wall insulation and funding towards a new boiler through the
Affordable Warmth Scheme. This is part of ECO, a Government led scheme helping
people heat their homes for less. For more information, visit

For more information contact:

Jag Bickham,
02476 181 308,

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