MARTIN LEWIS, the founder of the website Money Saving Expert, is no stranger to sharing ways you can save money in your home. One of his most useful tips during the winter months is how to save money on your utility bills. Which is option is cheaper - turning your heating on and off when you're not using it or keeping it on all day?
Martin Lewis, 46, is renowned for his money saving tips, helping people save cash in all aspects of life,
With the Christmas period often taking a large portion of your hard-earned cash, bill-payers will no doubt want to save money where they can.
But, while you may have landed a utility tariff which suits your needs, it can be hard to know exactly how to maximise the efficiency of your gas and electricity outgoings.
However Money Saving Expert Martin has been on hand to debunk the myths on whether it's cheaper to keep your heating switched on all day or whether you should be turning it on and off when you're not using it.
With UK energy costs easily stacking up, cranking up the central heating can be something of a concern for those who are footing the bill.
Not only is it bad for the environment, upping your thermostat when you don’t need to is a huge waste of your hard-earned money.
Luckily, Martin Lewis has already issued his advice on the matter of heating a home.
Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield during an instalment of This Morning last year, the 46-year-old addressed whether homeowners and tenants should switch off the central heating, or leave it on all day.
It came amid long-time confusion about whether it’s more efficient to turn on the heating as and when it is needed, or to keep the switch on on a low setting throughout the day.
The idea of the latter option saving energy in the long-term has been branded a myth by experts at the Energy Saving Trust - and Martin was quick to reiterate similar advice.
He told the ITV presenters: “They say it’s better to only put the heating on when you need it – as you pay to pump energy in as and when is needed, and to keep pumping it in constantly isn’t efficient.”
The TV star went on to reveal the “best” tip for heating your home - which saw him recommend the use of a timer.
“Using a timer's best,” he insisted. “Because your thermostat is designed to turn your heating on and off to keep your home at the temperature you set it.
“So in general I’d stick with that.”
However, Martin went on to consider how having the heating on at specific times of the day may not suit everyone.
Those who are based in the property throughout the whole day, for example, are likely to need the help of central heating during the colder months.
People who have - or are at risk of - damp, may also need to boost the temperature inside their home