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The average UK household sets its thermostat to 20°C, according to the latest research from Uswitch.
An estimated 17.7 million UK homes (64%) are heated to 20°C or above, one degree higher than climate change experts recommend.
But if these households reduced the temperature of their thermostat by just 1°C, they could cut their energy bills by an estimated £80 per year - a total of £1.4 billion for homes across the UK.
With Brits’ travel plans put on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it seems some are compensating by heating their homes to tropical temperatures. One in ten households admit to cranking the thermostat up to 25°C and above - hotter than the temperature in Tenerife at this time of year.
Younger people are more likely to turn up the heat in their homes, with 21% of those aged 18-24 opting to set their thermostats at 25°C or above, compared to just 3% of those aged 55 and older.
Of those aged over 55, 60% said they keep their thermostat at 20°C or above. Age UK recommends older people keep the heat at 21°C in the rooms they use the most.
Sarah Broomfield, energy expert at Uswitch, said: “With temperatures falling, many of us have already turned our heating on, but it’s amazing to think that an estimated two million homes are currently hotter than Tenerife.”
“While it is important to stay warm over the winter, and older people especially should keep their heating on to look after their health, higher temperatures are one of the biggest contributors to higher energy bills and carbon emissions.”
“Anyone who is worried about paying their energy bills this winter should contact their energy supplier, who can offer advice and support. Some people may be eligible for free insulation grants to help them pay for home improvements that will keep costs down longer term.”
“Switching tariffs or changing your energy supplier is another way to make significant savings, so now is a good time to run an online comparison to see what energy deals you could be getting.”