The Daily Telegraph

Families will be advised to turn down their thermostat­s

- By Emma Gatten environmen­t editor

THE public will be advised to turn down their thermostat­s and reduce their boiler flow temperatur­es under plans being considered by ministers.

Energy industry experts have warned the Government that freezing bills could reduce the incentives for people to cut usage, potentiall­y leading to energy shortages if supply runs low.

Jacob Rees-mogg, the new Business and Energy Secretary, is understood to support a campaign to tell households how to reduce their boiler’s “flow temperatur­e”, the level at which it heats up water before sending it through the radiator system.

Households can shave up to 8pc off their bills by turning down the flow temperatur­e of a boiler from 80C (176F) to between 55C and 60C, according to industry experts.

Mr Rees-mogg is understood to support the measure because it can bring down energy use without reducing the warmth of people’s homes or impacting their quality of life. The Government has previously resisted calls for a public informatio­n campaign on cutting energy usage, over fears it could be seen as nannying.

It came as Liz Truss vowed to help households not connected to the gas grid to supply their homes with heating oil this winter. The new Prime Minister was yesterday asked what help she would give to 1.5m mainly rural households that rely on heating oil, which is not covered by a price cap, and has seen costs rise 130pc in recent months.

Speaking to Parliament, she said: “Many of my constituen­ts rely on heating oil and we need to make sure we are looking after everybody in this difficult winter we are facing.”

Homes that use electricit­y will qualify for the £400 bill reduction this year, but households will not benefit from the price cap overseen by Ofgem, nor any freeze on prices brought in by the new Government.

Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron has said the unregulate­d price rises could be “devastatin­g” for homes dependent on heating oil, and called for the fuel to be brought under a cap.

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