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Simple boiler trick could save you £70 on energy bills: 'You will be just as warm'

The cost of living crisis has got people across the country worrying about their bills.

A leading forecast predicted that energy bills could climb to an average of almost £1,900 a year as winter hits its peak.

The warning from analysts at Cornwall Insight shows that the UK is still languishing in economic uncertainty.

While the immediate future feels bleak to many, a personal finance journalist has offered people advice on how to save as much as £70 on energy bills.

Sophie Smith, whose TikTik has accumulated over 500,00 views, says a simple change to your boiler settings could soften the blow.

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She explained: “Turn your boiler’s flow temperature down to 50C heating and 55C water.

“The settings for most boilers is too high. This simple step could save you money and your home will feel just as warm.”

Responding to the advice, one commenter said: “I have always done this and probably saves a lot more than £70.”

Another added: “Done this ages ago, save a fortune on gas!”

However, some TikTok users were not so sure about Ms Smith’s advice.

One said: “My hot water is fine set at 48 but if I turn the central heating down the house doesn’t warm up, can take about three hours to reach temp even at 80.”

Another said: “The biggest savings are had by turning off preheat. If you turn the heating low the boiler will run longer for rooms to reach temperature. False economy.”

A third suggested: “Turn the boiler off unless heating is needed. Hot water never makes it to the tap when washing hands. I only have it on if I know need hot water/heating in my home.”

Another added: “You save more by having a properly insulated home.”

It is important to note that this tip only works for those who have a combi boiler.

Those with hot water cylinder boilers should not try this because turning the temperature down on a hot water cylinder can cause Legionnaire’s disease.

Legionnaire’s disease is a more severe form of pneumonia caused by legionella bacteria.

Harland Guscott, a boiler engineer and owner of Guscott Heating Services, recently explained to The Mirror how reducing your boiler temperature can dave you money.

He said that you can reduce your bill by 6 percent – 8 percent if you drop the temperature by 10C.

At current cap levels, that could save you as much as £840 a year.



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