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18-12-2012, 08:15   #1
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We have three upstairs rooms that are not used in the daytime so my question is would turning the radiators in these rooms off during the daytime save money.
I thought it would make sense to do this but others tell me it won't make any difference.
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18-12-2012, 08:17   #2
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We have three upstairs rooms that are not used in the daytime so my question is would turning the radiators in these rooms off during the daytime save money.
I thought it would make sense to do this but others tell me it won't make any difference.
If you turned off all radiators the boiler would cut out saving £££££,so cutting out three saves££.
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18-12-2012, 08:53   #3
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Yes, not heating rooms that aren't used will save money.
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You might find that the practical effect of turning off unwanted radiators might just concentrate the heat more into the used ones, and therefore your downstairs rooms get 2 or three degrees warmer. To actualy save money and keep your downstairs rooms at the same temp you should turn your upstairs radiators off and turn the heating water temprature down a little at the boiler as well.

You wouldn't have to do this if your radiator system was 100% efficient with no heat loss in the connecting pipes, and your boiler was at the maximum heat output that your radiator system could take.
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It will save money, but depending on the building may take longer to warm these rooms up when you do come to use them.
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18-12-2012, 09:38   #6
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We sometimes use an oil filled radiator in one room only when it gets cold, but not really cold. This can actually work out cheaper than using the central heating if, like us , you have several radiators that will not turn off. The real problem here of course is the massive hike in the cost of fuel that this government have allowed to happen.
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18-12-2012, 09:56   #7
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We sometimes use an oil filled radiator in one room only when it gets cold, but not really cold. This can actually work out cheaper than using the central heating if, like us , you have several radiators that will not turn off. The real problem here of course is the massive hike in the cost of fuel that this government have allowed to happen.
The was no price hikes under Labour then?


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You might find that the practical effect of turning off unwanted radiators might just concentrate the heat more into the used ones, and therefore your downstairs rooms get 2 or three degrees warmer. To actualy save money and keep your downstairs rooms at the same temp you should turn your upstairs radiators off and turn the heating water temprature down a little at the boiler as well.
Unless it's thermostat controlled, in which case the boiler will just be regulated to keep the downstairs at the temperature it's set at.
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The was no price hikes under Labour then?


Yes Vote Labour and Diesel and domestics bills will be reduced ? In your dreams!!
Prices were bound to increase from the day that the tories sold our national asset. As well as paying it's own running costs it now needs to make massive profits for greedy shareholders. England freezes while shareholders get rich.
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Buy some shares then, take your own share of the profit (to compensate for risking your capital).
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Turn them off, then on a quarter turn so they take the chill off

Leaving rooms unheated can lead to problems such as condensation and mildew, which can be problematic and expensive to sort out. If you dry washing indoors, or cook on a hob, or take showers or baths, or breathe, you're introducing moisture into the air, which condenses on cold surfaces

Don't turn the rad off in the room with the thermostat, else the boiler will go nuts trying to deliver heat to it via more distant radiators
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Buy some shares then, take your own share of the profit (to compensate for risking your capital).
That does not address the fact that some are having money extorted from them for essentials, so that others can make vast profits.
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That does not address the fact that some are having money extorted from them for essentials, so that others can make vast profits.
It's helps to stop you being one of the exploited.

And it might help you to reconsider the use of emotive terms like "greedy shareholders".
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It's helps to stop you being one of the exploited.

And it might help you to reconsider the use of emotive terms like "greedy shareholders".
I am talking here about principles. It is very obvious that they are a concept that you are not familiar with.
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18-12-2012, 10:32   #15
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Prices were bound to increase from the day that the tories sold our national asset. As well as paying it's own running costs it now needs to make massive profits for greedy shareholders. England freezes while shareholders get rich.
actually a recent analysis showed a very large fraction of the price increases is being caused by green taxes increasing, not profiteering by the companies. Of course its convenient for the government to blame the companies and claim they are just increasing prices solely to increase profits.
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18-12-2012, 11:31   #16
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THe best way to save money is not to use your heating at all. Go to Oxfam or other such charity shops, purchase socks, jumpers trousers etc. THen go home and put these additional clothes on, so one can wear several pairs of trousers, thus saving money on heating the home. Its simple really!
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We have three upstairs rooms that are not used in the daytime so my question is would turning the radiators in these rooms off during the daytime save money.
I thought it would make sense to do this but others tell me it won't make any difference.
It depends whether you keep the doors shut to the rooms that aren't being heated.
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I am talking here about principles. It is very obvious that they are a concept that you are not familiar with.
You managed to conclude that from advice on how to avoid 'exploitation' of buying a service from a profit making company... You must be very clever.
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You managed to conclude that from advice on how to avoid 'exploitation' of buying a service from a profit making company... You must be very clever.
Thank you for your very precise and correct observations.
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Eeeerm...come on fellas. The thread topic is to do with turning radiators off and the why's and wherefores of if it saves money or not.

Nothing to do with political point scoring about greedy or not companies and or governments.

I'm asking nicely...Please stay on topic!

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