Using your controls
The room thermostat allows you to set the temperature you want. It will turn the boiler off when this temperature is reached and turn it back on again when the temperature drops.
The lower you set the room thermostat, the less energy the heating system will use. Most people are comfortable at a temperature of 19 – 21oC but the elderly or less mobile may prefer it a little warmer.
Trying to warm the house more quickly by turning the thermostat to a high setting does not work. All that will result is the house overheating and higher fuel bills!
Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs)
These allow you to set the temperature for individual rooms by controlling the amount of hot water going into each radiator. They will automatically open to allow the room to warm up but close down to maintain comfort.
For rooms that are not used very often you can save money by keeping the TRV at a low setting, providing background heating only, and turning it to a more suitable level when the room needs to be warmer.
TRVs work by sensing air temperature so it is important to keep them free of obstructions such as furniture or curtains.