Save £270 a year on your energy bills by painting your walls olive green, scientist claims

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Save £270 a year on your energy bills by painting your walls olive green, scientist claims



PAINTING your walls olive green could save you £270 a year in heating bills, according to scientists.
A new experiment found that people in olive green rooms felt between two and three degrees warmer than the true room temperature.
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Some people even reported feeling a whopping five degrees warmer in the green rooms.
The study claims that if you feel warmer, you’re less likely to turn to the thermostat.
And turning the heating down two or three degrees would mean that someone in a typical three-bedroom, semi-detached house with gas central heating could save nearly £300 a year.
If you’re someone who overheats, on the other hand, you might want to consider painting your walls dark blue.
People in rooms painted this colour reported feeling up to two degrees cooler than room temperature.
The experiment was designed by Professor Charles Spence and conducted at Valspar’s Love Your Colour experience.
157 participants took part in the study, which tested whether certain colours can affect the perception of body temperature.
The participants were placed in three separate rooms, each set to the same ambient temperature of 18°C.
They were then asked to record the body temperature they felt from one room to the next.
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Professor Charles Spence, head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory, commented: “This illustrative study goes some way to showing that our senses are intrinsically linked and that the colour our walls are painted can really impact our thermal comfort.
“Olive green features undertones of warming shades, such as yellow and brown, which may explain why it was such a popular choice for making participants physically warmer when it came to body temperature.
“These suggestive findings offer some intriguing possible solutions on how to help save on fuel costs.”
A Spokesperson from energyhelpline said: “Anything that encourages you to lower your energy costs can be a useful tool in keeping your bills as low as possible.
“Turning down the thermostat can absolutely have a positive impact on your bills – and if you couple that with switching to a bargain tariff, you can bring down your bills even more.
“The average UK switcher saves a brilliant £300 on their energy bills, just by taking a few minutes to switch & save. If you lower your bills even further by lowering the thermostat, you could end up with even more cash in your pocket – rather than in your suppliers.”
The average cost of painting a large room is £515, according to TrustedTraders.
And of course, it’s important to remember that painting the room won’t actually make it any warmer, you just might feel the cold less.
With that in mind, there are probably better ways to spend your money to save on fuel.
Free ways to save on your energy billsTHESE quick hacks will shave some money off your energy bills, without you even noticing it

Turn it off. You can bring down your bill by £30 a year by turning off appliances, according to advice from the Energy Saving Trust. Remember, standby mode still uses energy — and so costs you money.
Jump out. Cut down the time you spend scrubbing yourself in the shower. It is estimated that just one minute less a day in the shower could shave £7 a year off your bills.
Use the oven to heat a room – Leave the oven open after using it to heat the room. But make sure children aren’t around as they could burn themselves, and remember to switch it off first! It could save you between £66 and £116 a year if you cut out the heating for two hours every day
Banish drafts on the cheap – Put an old dressing gown by the front door as a draught excluder. Draughts let in too much cold air and waste too much heat, according to the Energy Saving Trust. It could save you £20 a year
Keep it cool – Around 90% of a washing machine’s energy expenditure is spent on heating the water, so if you wash your clothes at 30-40°C rather than 60°C you’re saving significant amounts of money.

uSwitch.com energy expert Sarah Broomfield said: “It’s true that different colours can be perceived as warmer or colder, but painting your walls to avoid putting the heating up might not convince everyone – not to mention the fact that there’s no account for taste when it comes to colour!
“There’s a much cheaper and quicker way to save money on your energy bills than spending the bank holiday weekend doing DIY.
“Switching your energy deal takes just minutes and could save you over £300 per year.
“And there are plenty of other simple things you can do around your home to keep the warmth in and bills down.”
For instance, insulating the loft costs between £300 and £400 and will save up to £270 each year, according to MoneySupermarket.com.
It should last for 40 years so you could save almost £11,000 in total.
Which? recommends making sure that when you get new appliances, they are energy efficient.
This can save you you £54 a year for a washing machine, £93 a year for a tumble dryer and £94 a year for a fridge freezer.

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