Keep costs down and you could be a win­ner

Macclesfield Express - - HOMES -

LAST week, parts of Bri­tain ex­pe­ri­enced their cold­est tem­per­a­tures for three years; as low as -13° in some ar­eas.

With the cold snap set to con­tinue through­out Jan­uary, and snow and ice fore­cast for Greater Manch­ester, it’s al­ways use­ful to main­tain heat­ing af­ford­ably and ef­fi­ciently through­out the win­ter months.

Kass Hus­sain is di­rec­tor of Con­nected Homes at Bri­tish Gas, the team be­hind Hive Ac­tive Heat­ing, a new tech­nol­ogy launched just over a year ago, al­low­ing you to con­trol your heat­ing and hot wa­ter re­motely, us­ing a mo­bile, tablet or lap­top. He ad­vises: ●● Be heat­ing savvy – turn­ing ra­di­a­tors down in the rooms you spend the least time in is a sim­ple way to make your home more en­ergy ef­fi­cient.

You should be­gin to see a dif­fer­ence in your con­sump­tion rel­a­tively quickly. ●● Lower could be bet­ter – re­duc­ing the heat in your home by just one de­gree could save you up to £65 a year on your heat­ing bills.

With heat­ing sys­tems that can be con­trolled re­motely, al­ter­ing the tem­per­a­ture at home can be done quickly, from any­where and at any time. ●● Cool down and sleep sound – gen­er­ally peo­ple are able to sleep com­fort­ably at around 10°C.

This doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean the room’s tem­per­a­ture needs to be at this level, it can ac­tu­ally be lower. With ap­pro­pri­ate sleep­wear and a du­vet with a tog value of 12 to 13 you can be per­fectly warm through­out the night – and save on heat­ing.

Of course, the sit­u­a­tion is dif­fer­ent for young chil­dren and those with med­i­cal con­di­tions. ●● Frost pro­tec­tion – turn­ing off your heat­ing when you’re away for a long pe­riod of time is a good way to help you save, but when con­di­tions turn icy, frozen pipes are a real risk.

An in­creas­ing num­ber of in­sur­ers now re­quire home­own­ers to leave their heat­ing on at a level above freez­ing or drain their wa­ter sys­tem to qual­ify for cover. Make sure your heat­ing sys­tem has a frost pro­tec­tion fea­ture to pro­tect against costly in­surance claims. ●● Bri­tish Gas is of­fer­ing three Manch­ester Evening News read­ers free in­stal­la­tion of the Hive Ac­tive Heat­ing sys­tem, worth £199.

To be in with a chance of win­ning, visit the Face­book page at face­book.com/ manchestereveningnews.

●● With parts of Bri­tain ex­pe­ri­enc­ing their cold­est tem­per­a­tures for years, the Hive Ac­tive Heat­ing sys­tem (in­set) lets res­i­dents con­trol the tem­per­a­ture in their homes re­motely

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