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Mum shares clever boiler trick that could save money on gas bills

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 25/01/2022 Catherine Furze & Gemma Jones

A money saving mum has taken to the internet to share a simple tip that could help save huge amounts of money off your energy bills.

The mum shared her advice on anonymous forum, Mumsnet, as she said that the hack has saved her £95 off her energy bill since the beginning of December.

As families brace themselves for soaring bills due to the energy crisis, she said that the tip was sent to her in an email by Octopus Energy as part of the provider's Winter Warmer scheme, reported Chronicle Live.

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The tip involves checking your flow settings on your boiler and anyone can do it - it only takes minutes to make the quick change.

She said: "You can use less gas by checking your flow settings on your boiler. Mine was set to 80 degrees by default which meant I was spending huge amounts on heating up water that then has to be cooled down with cold water.

"I'm taking part in the Octopus Winter Workout and according to them I have saved £95 since the beginning of December and this is the only substantial change I have made."


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Typically boilers come pre-set to a temperature that is far higher than needed, this doesn't make your home warmer, but it can add massively to your bills and emissions.

Octopus says it’s like putting your foot flat to the floor when driving – it’s hugely wasteful but doesn’t really affect your journey time.

Here's what Octopus Energy says you need to do.

  • If you have a combi boiler, set your flow temperature to 50c for heating and 55c for hot water – it’ll take a little longer to heat up, but the gas and CO2 savings make it worthwhile.
  • If you have a boiler and a hot water cylinder, set the flow temperature on your boiler to a few degrees over 60c for heating and hot water, and setting your hot water cylinder to 60c also (you’ll usually find the control for your cylinder ⅓ of the way up the tank.)

If you have a hot water cylinder, you should keep the dial on 60 degrees or more to stop bacteria like legionella from multiplying.

If you have a combi boiler, you don't need to worry, legionella only breeds in standing water and combis keep it flowing.

The mum said: "I assumed everyone knew about this except me but my sister hadn't heard of it and she's very hot on money saving so I thought there must be others out there."

Other Mumsnetters were impressed. One said: "Good call. I’ve worked in the energy sector for 10 years and didn’t know this."

Octopus estimates that on average, turning the water flow temperature down will save you 8% on your gas bills.

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