Earth Hour – the difference your thermostat makes

Smart use of heating is the most effective way to save energy at home.

This weekend, on March 30 at 8.30pm, people across the globe will participate in Earth Hour. The symbolism of switching off your lights at night to save energy is visually powerful. But to make a real difference you should consider switching down the thermostat, organisers said.

In EU households, heating and hot water alone account for 79% of total final energy use. Lighting and home appliances combined account for only 14% of EU household energy consumption.

Research showed turning down the heat by 1°C helps to save around £75 a year per person on an average household’s energy bill.

Smart thermostats were recommended to homeowners to automatically turn heating off when an open window is detected to prevent energy wastage.

There are many energy-saving solutions already available which were not being fully utilised, and Earth Hour was ‘the perfect time to start thinking about the positive changes everyone can make’.