Exact temperature you should set your thermostat to save money this winter
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Experts have worked out the exact temperature that you should be setting your thermostat at when it's time to put the heating on for the winter.
While government measures have slowed down the skyrocketing cost of energy bills - the average household won't pay more than £2,500 a year - it's still going to be a very hard winter for many.
A cost of living crisis is in full swing as energy bills have still risen significantly, and with the price of pretty much everything else going up too it's putting the squeeze on lots of people who were already struggling.
When winter comes the normal solutions for dealing with the cold tend to be putting the heating on or popping on an extra layer.
This winter is probably going to be one for lots of extra layers as the rising cost of living and the high price of energy bills could make Brits think twice before turning the heating on.
With that comes the battle with the thermostat, that sacred domain of dads all over the nation who would never let you near the thing, let alone consider touching it.
What you should be setting your thermostat to depends on your age and health, as some people will need to turn the heating up a little bit more to avoid certain dangers.
According to the experts, when you set your thermostat you shouldn't be going above 21C as that'll cost you much more money and won't bring much benefit.
The World Health Organisation reckons 18C is a good temperature for most people to be at, and it's the recommended setting for people to have the thermostat on while they're asleep.
Meanwhile, they suggest that the elderly or those with health issues could do with turning the heating up to 20C in the rooms of their home they'll be spending most of the day in.
Charity Age UK has suggested the elderly should turn the thermostat up a degree higher to 21C just to be on the safe side.
Ideally a room shouldn't be colder than 12C or hotter than 24C as that can cause a range of health issues, including a higher risk of strokes and heart attacks.
If the temperature indoors drops to 9C or below, that starts to pose a serious danger of hypothermia.
According to British Gas, this year the date the average British household will stick the heating on is 24 October.
However, almost a quarter of Brits are planning not to turn on the heating at all this winter as polling points towards 23 percent opting to leave it off altogether.
Brits have been warned not to try saving money by switching off their boilers as that could actually stop it working altogether and require someone to come out for repairs.
Other solutions in our incredibly boring dystopia include spending time at 'warm banks', places specifically designed to be warm so that people who can't afford to pop the heating on aren't freezing all the time.