CENTRAL heating is something we rely on to keep warm in the UK during the winter. What is the best thermostat to use? How can you save money?

Central heating is key to keeping warm, but it can be expensive having the heating on all day.

What is more, it is not good for the environment to be wasting energy by having your heating on constantly or needlessly high.

So how can you make sure your heating is not burning a hole in your pocket?

Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis has spoken on this matter on ITV.

Last year he revealed that using a thermostat with a timer that will regulate the temperature in your home is the best way to save money.

He said: “Using a timer's best 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.”

Martin also said that those looking to save money should not have their heating on when they don’t need it.

Martin said: “They say it’s better to only put the heating on when you need it.

Central heating: Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis has spoken on this matter on ITV (Image: GETTY)

"You pay to pump energy in as and when is needed, and to keep pumping it in constantly isn’t efficient.”

However, if your house is prone to damp then keeping the heating on at a low level could be helpful.

He said: “There are some engineers though who argue that keeping the heating on low with all the radiators on and the boiler down can work as it reduces condensation.

“Which when the heating is turned off collects within the walls, and can help conduct heat outside the home – meaning you lose heat more quickly and so will use more energy as a result.

“So if your house is prone to that you may want to think about it