Are You Using Your Thermostat Wrongly? Five Home Heating Errors Pushing Up Energy Bills

The vast majority of the British public think they know how to use their home heating controls - yet new research shows that more than 60 per cent are making at least one basic error that could be costing them dearly.

Simply setting your thermostat to 22 C, not 21 C, could add £75 a year to your annual energy bill.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, here are five common myths - busted.

Myth 1: Turn the thermostat up when it's cold outside (52 per cent of people do this) This shouldn't be necessary, because the very purpose of the thermostat is to maintain the desired temperature, whatever the weather.

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Myth 2 Turn up the thermostat to heat the room more quickly (35 per cent of people do this) If you come home to a chilly house it may seem tempting to turn the thermostat up to maximum - but it won't get you back up to a comfortable temperature any sooner.

"People think it's like pressing your foot down on the accelerator in a car, and the further you press your foot down, the faster you get to the speed you want," Mr Shreeve explains.

"But actually, a thermostat doesn't control the speed at which your house heats up - it just controls the final temperatures." So you won't get to the temperature you want any sooner - but you will end up with an overly-warm house, unless you turn it back down in time.

Myth 3: Leaving the heating on low constantly is more efficient than turning it on and off (38 per cent of people think this) According to the Energy Saving Trust, this simply means "these homes are heated when no-one is there to benefit and then the home is too cold when people are in the home".

Much better to use a thermostat programmer to control the timing of your heating - keeping you warmer when you are at home, and saving you money when you're not.

Do you do any of these basic heating errors?

Myth 4: You need to keep your water heater on all day to make sure hot water doesn't run out (31 per cent of people do this) A lot of people seem to think their hot water will run out easily, so leave their water heater on all day. This "could be costing far more on their energy bills than necessary", the Energy Saving Trust says.

"You want to make sure your hot water tank is properly insulated. If you've heated water in the morning and your tank is well insulated that should remain warm until midday," Mr Shreeve advises.

Set your hot water to come on roughly half an hour before you want to get up and start showering in the morning. You might then want it to come on again for a bit later in the day if you're likely to be doing things like washing up - but leaving it on all day will simply waste money.

Myth 5: Keep electric storage heaters on all the time (only 38 per cent of people with storage heaters fully understand how they work) "Households with electric heating could be paying through the nose by not taking advantage of cheaper night rate electricity," the Energy Saving Trust says.

Electric storage heaters are designed to work by using cheaper, off-peak electricity to "charge up" overnight and then releasing the heat during the day.

But many people don't really understand how they work.

Mr Shreeve says many storage heaters also have in-built electric panel heaters. Leaving the heaters on all the time with incorrect settings could result in them using the panel heaters not the storage ones - costing you far more.

Here's the Trust's advice on how you should use a storage heater:

"A standard electric storage heater has two controls, an Output setting and an Input setting. The Output setting will control how much heat the heater gives out (as long as there is stored heat available). The Input control determines how much electricity the heater will take from the grid during the coming night, and hence how much stored heat will be available the following day.

"So you need to set the Output dial according to how much heat you want now, and the Input dial according to how much heat you think you will need tomorrow.

"If a heater runs out of heat in the evening while you still need it, or if the weather gets colder, you may need to turn the Input dial up. If the weather gets warmer, or the heater never runs out of heat in the evening, you can probably save money without getting cold by turning the Input dial down.

"Turn the Output dial to zero before you go to bed or go out, so you're not wasting energy overheating empty rooms. You can probably do this quite early, maybe an hour before you go to bed, as it will take a while for the heater and the room to cool down.

"And when summer comes and you don't need the heaters any more, turn them off at the wall, not just by turning the dials to zero. Remember you will need to turn them on again the day before you need the heating to come back on."

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You have a branch line past the spigot that is frozen in some place. First you need to shut off the circuit breaker to your water heater. You may have already burnt up the heating elements in the water heater if it has no water in it. Anyway shut off the breaker to the hot water heater. Check for gaps in the skirting around your water heater, plug up all the gaps as tight as possible. Now purchase a heat tape and wrap it around the exposed pipe under the trailer. Cover the heat tape with some insulation wrapped loosely over the heat tape - then plug the heat tape in - make sure light comes on indicating the heat tape is working. This may take several hours for the heat tape to unfreeze the obstruction. Also open the panel to your water heater and put a heat tape on it also on the incoming cold water line. I know it's cold work but it needs to be done and done right to allow you to have water in this cold weather. When you finally get a flow of water from your hot water faucets - then you can flip that circuit breaker back on for the water heater.1. Chronic Flame Sensor Failure - Furnace and Water HeaterI have had issues with gas lines having moisture problems ,and causing failures. I had drip legs in the gas line but had to install longer ones and drain them 2x per year to eliminate the problem. A drip leg is usually close to the appliance just after The shutoff valve. A drip leg is a T with a single dead or capped off pipe pointing down. A drip leg catches liquid and chunks in the gas line that can cause valve and ignition problems. If you do not have a drip leg you might want to install one after The shutoff valve at the furnace. If you do have one it may need to be drained, to drain turn the gas off, make sure any pilots have gone out and you have fresh air available. Remove the cap from the drip leg and if water flows out you probably found your cause. Make sure when reassembling to use gas rated pipe dope or tape (it is usually yellow). After reassembly and pressurizing make sure to leak test the drip leg with a bubble solution to verify there are no leaks. How long is long enough for a drip leg? I have had homes that only had 4" long legs to the home that had lots of water in the gas needing 12-18" having that much water is unusual but it will cause valve and ignition problems as the water/oil? Contamination causes hot surface igniters to fail. Your problem sounds similar so I would check that as it is something you can do.2. Is there a water shut off switch for the water heater?There should be a turn-off somewhere in the line to just shut it off there. Follow the line back until you find it3. Is there a way to convert a Natural Gas water heater to LPG?In answer to your question, yes you can make a conversion, but it would be beneficial to employ the knowledge of a skilled person, generally i give advice to all types of home projects, but Gas is something you should leave to the experts. A guy traveling down from heaven was met by a guy on the way up, the guy on the way down, said hey buddy do you know anything about gas boilers, the guy on the way up, said no way man, but what do you know about gas fires? They were traveling in opposite directions but the result was the same. The moral of the story, hire a professional, if he makes a mistake, at least your feet are still on the ground. Good luck Paul M.4. How to remove sulfur odor in hot water heater?Most water heaters have an anode tube. This will have to be removed. However, this will shorten the life of the heater but this will probably be a good trade off. There is another type of tube to use but I can not remember what it's called. Maybe someone else will log on give you the information. Regards, Dale.
Service Life and Precautions of Water Heater
When I came home during the Spring Festival, I found that the water heater in my home was "old age".It has been sticking to its post for nearly 13 years. It is not easy to live so tenaciously after going through repair and mending. The old people at home uphold the excellent traditional virtue of diligence and thrift and mend for another year.Fortunately, it broke down again this time, and under the strong replacement requirements of Xiaobian, the family is finally going to usher in a new water heater.Diligence and thrift are indeed commendable, but household appliances have a service life. If they exceed the service life and fail, there are potential safety hazards even after maintenance, so replacement should be considered.China Household Appliances Association has already issued a series of standards for "safe service life of household appliances", which clearly defines the safe service life of water heater: the service life of electric water heater is 8 years.Water heaters that have exceeded their service life may have the following problems:1. Increased energy consumption;2. Accidents are easy to occur, because exceeding the service life will lead to the aging of components and increase the possibility of leakage;3. In case of safety problems, the manufacturer will no longer bear the responsibility and cannot claim;4. The function design is backward and inconvenient to use.Take our water heater as an example. Before it broke down completely, there had been several times of non combustible fire, and the bottom of the shell was rusty and dripping water from time to time.The key is that our water heater was designed more than ten years ago. We need to rotate the knob to adjust the fire power and temperature. The key is that we can't adjust to the specific temperature value. We can only choose high temperature and low temperature, which is very unwise.The use experience is getting worse and worse. The water temperature goes up when the water is a little smaller. Taking a bath in summer is like drenching down with water at 70 or 80 degrees.Another potential safety hazard is that it is a direct row water heater. There is no suction and exhaust device in the direct row water heater.When the water heater burns water, it sucks in indoor air to participate in the combustion of liquefied petroleum or natural gas, consuming oxygen in the indoor space. Carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and other waste gases generated in the combustion process are directly discharged indoors. When the oxygen in the indoor space is exhausted, the concentration of toxic gas increases.If it happens that the bathroom is closed, the air is not circulating, and people inhale for too long, it will directly lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and loss of life in serious cases. Fortunately, the country has already banned the production and sales of direct row water heaters.It is also suggested that when installing the gas water heater, it is best to choose the ventilation place on the balcony or kitchen.When choosing the water heater this time, I also had a good understanding of the common sense of the water heater.One of them is the liter. The liter of water storage water heater refers to the amount of water that can be stored in the water tank. The liters of gas water heater can be understood as the heating capacity, which refers to how many liters of water can be increased by 25 ℃ per minute.For example, 10L gas water heater can raise 10L water by 25 ℃ per minute. The larger the number of liters, the higher the heating energy consumption, hot water volume and heating time.When we choose the gas water heater, we choose the number of liters according to the specific use needs at home, not the bigger the better.If there is a kitchen and a bathroom for 2-3 people, generally 10-12 liters of hot water is enough. If the family has a large population and is still a double bathroom, a water heater with a large number of liters can be appropriately selected to meet the hot water demand.Another point is that it is best to choose a thermostatic water heater. You can use hot water with appropriate temperature in summer or winter to ensure the comfort of shower.At present, the water heaters on the market can basically adjust to specific temperature values and ensure constant temperature, so that consumers can have a more comfortable and satisfactory use experience.In short, any electrical appliance has a service life. For electrical products that often fail beyond the safe service life, the best solution is to replace them. After all, safety comes first.The service life of the water heater is 8 years. It should be checked regularly during use to prevent explosion risk caused by gas leakage. It is best to install it in the ventilated place of balcony and kitchen to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.In the selection of liters, consider the use habits and needs of the family, not the most expensive, but the most comfortable.Editor ajx
Landlord Installed New 30 Gallon Electric Water Heater, Is It True Only a 10 Minute Shower?
The water heater is too small for the amount of people. You should have at least a 40 gallon. The preferred would have been a 50. But thats renting for you. They go the aka cheapest route1. Why would a new electric water heater blow breaker?You may have it wired backwards. Breaker could be weak. or over loaded. The new heater may be drawing to many amps for the breaker, just a thought. Good luck. ww2. should i wrap my amtrol electric water heater with insulation?Most new-ish water heaters already have a lot of insulation. Adding more will never even recoup the cost of that insulation. It wo not hurt anything though, so long as you do not cover up any vents.3. My hot electric water heater produces hot water, but there is water on the floor?It could be either one. Check all the fittings on top of tank. Most warrantys are 5 years4. Is connecting a 16A plug to 10A sockets for an electric water heater a problem?First thing you need to check out the wire size in there. If wire size or above you can change the 10 A socket to 16A5. moving electric water heater to old shower coveYou can move the water heater to just about anywhere that would be convenient. However, it is not a good idea to reduce the size down from 3/4" to 1/2" directly off of the tank. You will likely run into issues with water pressure. In branch plumbing, it is best to keep the size of the pipe at its maximum until it branches off to a specific fixture. Most fixtures, with the exception of a toilet takes 1/2". A toilet is actually reduced to 5/8" by the time it gets to the fill valve. 5/8" is an odd size in plumbing, so most plumbers typically run 1/2" anyway.You should try to extend the 3/4" pipe as far as you can go, and then tee off of it using multiple 3/4 x 3/4 x 1/2 tees. When you tee off, try to make that run directly to a fixture without teeing off again. This will greatly help keep the water pressure balanced. If all of the plumbing is 1/2", then the fixtures will compete against each other for water because there is not enough volume of water coming through the pipe6. What is a Electric Water Heater Timer?Basic timer switch at power source to water heater. Allows user to turn wAter heater on and off at certain hrs. For example, on at 5 am, off at 9 am then on at 4 pm and off at 9 pm. Nine hours instead of 24 constantly reheating same water7. I have to continuously press the reset button on my electric water heater?The reset is failing. You need to service it. it is telling you that there is a short in the unit. It could be a heating element starting to short out. It could be the thermostat going bad. Those are the 2 most common things to go on a electric unit. Unless you know how to remove the element I would call the plumber or a friend that has this type of knowladge. It's not hard you just need the right tool and knowladge8. My Mobile home electric water heater has a leak but i cant find the cold water shut off, can anyone help?good advice from gilfinn. I would also drain the heater to stop the leak completely. Hook a hose to the drain, open the spigot and let it drain out. You might have to open a hot water spigot in the bathroom or kitchen also so the water will flow.9. Electric water heater leaks around the top, how do I fix it?By design it is always filled to capacity, it is a pressure tank. Do not mess with the relief valve, it is there to prevent the tank from exploding due to malfunction causing overheating (if you are curious about that just do an internet search of boiler explosions). Do not turn off the water supply and drain the tank without also turning off the heat source (electric or gas, by the way?). you (or a plumber) should be able to determine if the fittings are leaking and repair them if they are. If the tank itself is compromised you need to replace the whole unit
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