Which? Trusted Installer

Five Energy Saving Myths Uncovered

23rd March 2014

Find an Installer

Five Energy Saving Myths Uncovered

With climate change being a hot topic, many home improvement specialists are promoting the thermal efficiency properties of the products that they offer. By using innovative techniques and high quality materials, many home enhancements are able to trap in pockets of hot air to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat the property.

When it comes to energy saving tips, there are plenty of myths out there about what can help to reduce your bills. From turning the pressure down on your shower to leaving the oven door open to heat your home, the tips on how to save energy are well spread. But what about the things that don’t add up? We've tackled five of the top myths for your peace of mind.

1. It Is Cheaper to Run Appliances at Night
Sometimes this is true, sometimes it is false: it all depends on which tariff you are on. Economy 7 tariffs will be cheaper at night than during the day, but it may not make a difference for those on other tariffs. Check which tariff you are on to ensure that your efforts are not going to waste when you try to cut down on your energy use.

2. Turning up the Thermostat Higher Will Heat Your Home More Quickly
Not true. Your home will always heat up at the same speed, even if you turn the thermostat higher than you need in an attempt to speed the process up. This means that turning up the thermostat will not help you cut down on energy, it will only prolong the energy and time needed to reach the desired temperature in the first place.

3. Electrical Items Don't Draw Power When Plugged in but Not Being Used
False. Some laptops, mobile phone chargers, games consoles and more can still draw power, even when they aren't being used. Known as "vampire power", this electricity usage can increase your electricity bills, so be sure to turn wall switches off when they aren't being used - or, even better, unplug unused electrical devices completely.

4. Computer Screen Savers Save Energy
This is not true. Your screen is still on when a screen saver is being displayed, and the screen saver itself is essentially acting like another computer program which needs electricity to run. You'd be better off putting your computer into its sleep setting when away from the screen, or turning the screen off completely rather than leaving it to run.

5. Leaving Your Central Heating on a Low Setting All Day Is Cheaper Than Turning It up and down When Needed.

In actual fact, most people will find that a combination of timer controls and room thermostats will work better. By leaving your heating on all day, even when not at home, you'll be wasting heat at times when you don't need it. A timer control means that you can set the heating so it's at the perfect temperature for when you get home, and room thermostats will keep it there.

How Do Ultraframe Products Help to Save Energy?
Our whole product range, including conservatories, orangeries, extensions and replacement conservatory roofs, has been designed to excel in thermal efficiency. We heavily invest in research and development to ensure the heat retention properties of our products meet the demands and expectations of the modern homeowner, standing as a worthwhile investment for any home.

Our replacement conservatory roofs feature an intelligent design that enable you to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This means that not only will you be able to enjoy a new addition to your home that remains useable throughout the whole year, you could also see a reduction in your heating costs and carbon footprint throughout the year.

We also offer our innovative super insulated columns, which achieve a thermal efficiency performance that is five times higher than traditional brick piers. Inspired by aesthetics from the Italian Renaissance, these columns effortlessly combine function and form to offer a high performance home improvement solution. When combined with double or triple glazing and one of our leading conservatory roofs, you’ll be able save a notable amount of energy across the board.

Find Your Nearest Approved Ultra Installer

Saving energy has never been easier with our leading rang of home improvement products. Designed to keep you warm and comfortable throughout the year, no matter the weather or season, we offer you more for your property. Our systems stand as the most technologically advanced on the market, offering a unique standard of quality in the industry.

Find your nearest approved Ultra Installer to enhance your home with the very best. All of our Ultraframe specialists are vetted and assessed before they are approved. You won’t have to settle for anything less than the very highest standards of professionalism, reliability, efficiency and promptness throughout the whole installation process.

Related Articles

3rd July 2019
Deposit Protection and Insurance Backed Guarantees for Home Extension Projects

If you’ve taken the exciting decision to add a conservatory or extension to your home, then it’s important to ensure that you and your investment are looked after during the build process and beyond.

Financials Planning
27th August 2019
Beware of Conservatory Insulation and Cladovers

If you have an old conservatory that needs updating to make it into a room that is comfortable to enjoy, whatever the weather, you will no doubt have been doing research online and may have come across companies offering conservatory insulation.

Upgrading Thermal Efficiency Safety
7th November 2019
Are orangeries cold in winter?

Are orangeries cold in winter? No - orangeries are not cold in winter, in fact they are very warm. Orangery roofs are highly thermally efficient, meaning that orangeries are warm and comfortable, whatever the time of year.

FAQs Thermal Efficiency Design
20th November 2019
Tiled conservatory roof prices

If your conservatory has seen better days or you’re wanting to transform it into a living space that is more like a home extension, then you might be considering a tiled conservatory roof and wondering about tiled conservatory roof costs and options.

Building Upgrading Financials
20th November 2019
Is a conservatory roof replacement worth the cost?

Conservatory roof replacements are a popular home improvement project, with many homeowners choosing them to turn their outdated conservatory into a warm room that they can use all round.

Upgrading Financials Building Planning

Get A Free, Tailored Quote

Got your heart set on your next home improvement? Get in touch and we'll offer you a bespoke price.

Request A Quote

Download Our Brochure

Take a moment to relax and browse through our brochure, it's an easy way to see our full product range.

Download Brochure
Find an Installer Start Your
Download Brochure View Virtual Tours