The team at Energise Sussex Coast answer your home energy-related questions to help everyone to save money and keep warm as sustainably as possible.
What is the best way to heat one room when working from home? From Tim, St Leonards
The first step is to stop heat from escaping the room. You can do this by keeping the door closed, draught proofing and putting reflector panels behind the radiators to stop the heat being absorbed into the walls. The cheapest form of heating is gas, so you could turn all the radiators’ temperature controls down in your house except for the one in the room that you’re working from and bring the thermostat into the room with you. Plug-in electric heaters can be shockingly expensive to run; and don’t be tempted to buy a cheap one as it may cost you the same amount to run each week. Oil-filled plug-in heaters with a thermostat are the best option as the oil holds the heat even after it has been switched off. The higher the wattage the more power it uses and the more expensive it will be to run. Stand it in the middle of the room so the heat radiates around the room.
Finally, make sure you apply for the government tax relief for your heating. This very simple application takes less than a minute to complete and you’ll receive £6 a week of tax relief, back-dated for the whole year. If your housemate works from home then they can apply too.
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