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Are you constantly thinking how much having the heating on is costing?

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Aldibaldi555 Mon 14-Oct-19 20:43:33

Not put the heating on here yet but will need to soon.

Got a plug in radiator in DC room.

Are other people just constantly aware of how much having heating on is costing?

We’re not poor by any means, but it’s expensive. Admittedly we have a large, older house.

RushianDisney Mon 21-Oct-19 15:21:51

I am usually the sort to just put on a jumper until it's properly frosty, but as our landlord decided to replace our washer dryer with a normal washing machine I have to have the heating on to dry laundry. We have no outside space where we could hang it so it has to be inside, and it takes days to dry without the heating. I am worrying about how much it is costing, but haven't got space to put in our own tumble drier so it's the only option.

Cerseilannisterinthesnow Mon 21-Oct-19 15:12:55

We have just moved to a house with gas central heating from an old farm cottage with oil central heating. Much prefer the gas as just have it set to come in in the morning and then on again at night whereas with the oil I rarely put it on as it was so expensive and never felt very warm

Clutterbugsmum Tue 15-Oct-19 12:30:18

Not really, as we tend to 'over pay' during the warmer months and use that money in the winter.

We live in a 10 yr house that has really good insulation so the house stays fairly warm during the winter. I tend to just boost the heating for 30 mins a day before the children come home.

LucaFritz Tue 15-Oct-19 12:02:59

No because I've never used it. Probably never will even when DS arrives in January. My apartment is always around 16°c and i just wrap up warm and put on extra thermals etc this time of year i don't see the need for expensive heating when you can just layer up to get warm

Dowser Tue 15-Oct-19 12:00:03

I don’t have a tumble drier. Clothes go on washing line and I finish them off on the radiators if need be
Yes even in summer..20 mins to warm them up and get the clothes fully aired
I have three 8 feet long radiators so can get a full load dry pretty quickly
I do have other radiators as well but in cooler rooms so I don’t use them for drying
My south facing wall has barely any windows in it , so we don’t get much from the sun in winter

Dowser Tue 15-Oct-19 11:45:53

No, compared to my holiday bill it’s peanuts.

Actually joking aside, I do feel for anyone who can’t afford to keep their house warm.
It’s an absolutely miserable existence being cold and scared to use your valuable resources.

I was cold as a 50s child. That was the way then . One coal fire. No central heating.
Ice on the bedroom window in the winter mornings.
Awful way to live and we weren’t poor or rich...just didn’t have these luxuries or the technology. Not sure which.
We didn’t get ch till 1973.
Sheer bliss.
I hope we have a mild winter and you all keep yourselves and houses warm

Zaphodsotherhead Tue 15-Oct-19 11:25:21

I have no heating. Well, I do, but it's oil fired and I ran out of oil four years ago and can't afford to refill the tank. I just have an open fire in one room and an electric blanket.

I can't afford the electricity bill I have now (or barely) so don't use plug in radiators either. I wear a LOT of clothes. But it's perfectly possible to survive (contrary to the belief of my friends. Plus humans existed without central heating for millenia, and people have their houses too warm most of the time anyway).

Lardlizard Tue 15-Oct-19 11:13:44

Tbh I don’t think about it

Celebelly Tue 15-Oct-19 11:12:08

Yeah we just stick the thermostat at 20 for daytime and 18 overnight and just leave it to it. The heating just comes on and off throughout the day and night, but I'm not really aware of it. I work from home anyway (plus I'm still on mat leave) so our bills are always a bit higher as we are in the house during the day.

sleepyhead Tue 15-Oct-19 11:05:37

The point of the thermostat is that you set it to the temperature you want your house to be (If you've got a portable thermostat keep it in the room you use most) and it'll switch your heating on if the temp in the room falls below that, and off again once it gets up to it.

So the heating will be going on and off but the temp in your home will be constant.

If you set it to say 18 degrees then it likely won't come on at all all summer but will kick in once the temperature drops. In the evenings you can turn it up a bit if you want a higher temp for sitting around, and you can usually set a much lower temp for night time so it likely will not come on at all unless really really cold (or just turn it off).

Waah! I miss my GCH!

WhoKnewBeefStew Tue 15-Oct-19 10:53:44

We've just had a log burner installed and I've bought a dyson heater for my office (it's an out building conversion). I'm hoping to see a reduction in my heating costs

Rachelover60 Tue 15-Oct-19 10:48:38

No, I never think about it. Always pay by DD or SO monthly. I can't bear cold but I've only put heating on once this autumn, which is quite surprising for me; it will be on day and night soon enough.

MarkinTime Tue 15-Oct-19 10:45:23

If i'm cold, i put the heating on.
We don't have it on a timer and the thermo is set at around 22 degs.
If we are at home all day, say at weekends, we put it on when we get up and leave it alone until we turn it off at bedtime.
We don't worry about the cost of it. We like to be warm.

theoriginaltms Tue 15-Oct-19 09:50:08

@Frankley yes I heard this too but my thermostat only seems to switch the heating on at 25 degrees! X

Frankley Tue 15-Oct-19 08:51:54

Had only ancient asbestos filled electric storage heaters for years. Decided to smarten up and had them removed and new thin modern ones put in. Electricity company put in a new meter, for Economy 10. I don't think the new heaters were as efficient as the big old ones and we froze and paid a fortune. We have just chucked them all out, got gas to the house and l can't believe the luxury of having instant warmth when needed. I don't know yet how much it will cost us, but some people tell me it is cheaper to set the thermostat and leave it on all the time and other people say to switch it on and off as required. Any ideas on what is cheaper way to run it please?

theoriginaltms Tue 15-Oct-19 08:40:41

Mines been back on a few weeks now just a couple of hours in the morning before we wake up and a couple of hours again just before I know we all get home so it's warmed up ready. I absolutely hate being cold!

MadisonAvenue Tue 15-Oct-19 08:35:05

I worry a little and I don't usually like to have the heating on until the end of October but, despite my best efforts, as I turn the thermostat down, my husband follows me and turns it back up. He likes it set to 22c with all radiators on. I went into a room which is rarely used yesterday evening and the radiator was on (suffice to say, it isn't now!).

I don't think it's cold enough to warrant having the heating on yet, it's hasn't really gone much below 15c during the day here and we're in a very well insulated new build.

TamingToddler Tue 15-Oct-19 08:29:34

We have ridiculous storage heaters and an electric only flat. I used the overnight function on one storage heater the other night, and woke up to £4 electric used. That's meant to be the cheap rate!

I definitely can't afford to be spending £4 on heating plus whatever we use throughout the day, usually £2.50.

I'll have to put it on at some point because my house is too cold to dry the washing quickly enough on the airer. All that being said I'd rather cut back else where and just have my heating it.

Crusytoenail Tue 15-Oct-19 08:27:48

Yes I worry about it, I'm on a meter for both and have had it on a few times this year - I do have a tumble dryer but I try not to use it regularly but need to for doing work stuff between shifts. Heating set for an hour in the morning and 5-9 in the evening, turned off if not needed. We don't have a shower and I can't afford to get one fitted, so we have to have baths, which is a money drain, literally. But we need to be clean. Been cold wet and windy here like today a lot of the time recently and I've got to get washing dry somehow. How do some of you dry your washing without the heating or a tumble dryer? I found even my thin work stuff takes a couple of days with nothing in weather like this and any longer and stuff starts to smell foisty.
I do get frustrated coming home from work knackered and freezing after 40 mins on a bus to not afford to put the heating on to warm me up - it's on for an hour for DD getting up for school but that's a good hour before I get in, and my place is semi detached and first floor with windows everywhere. So no matter which way the wind is blowing it's cold somewhere here! I'm worried what will happen when it gets really cold. Using the slow cooker a lot as we only have an electric oven to try and save a bit there. January fed up with constantly watching the meters go down and not really feeling warm ever!

PrincessHoneysuckle Tue 15-Oct-19 08:13:02

Dh informed me last night it costs 17p an hour to have our heating on which wasnt as much as I thought! I hate being cold

BlackeyedGruesome Tue 15-Oct-19 07:57:58

Yes think of the cost to both my account and the environment.

It is quite warm here still. I am still wearing shorts at home but had to put socks and a cardi on last night. The flat keeps very warm, apart from ds's room.

defectiveinspector Tue 15-Oct-19 07:52:22

Can I ask why people have their heating on overnight? In winter ours goes off just before we go to bed and then comes on again in the morning. If you do have it on overnight why don't you think about trying without it? Perhaps change it to go off midnight to 6am? I'm sure you won't miss it.

lazylinguist Tue 15-Oct-19 07:48:59

Nope. I have it set to 18 between 7a.m. and 9p.m. from about now until early spring. I don't think about the cost really.

Fishcakey Tue 15-Oct-19 07:41:43

Our gas bill is never high so I don't worry about it. It's the electricity we use the rest of the time which makes my eyes pop out of my head!

Irisloulou Tue 15-Oct-19 07:36:40

I have wood burner and an Aga.
The heating hasn’t been on this year, And it’s only ever on for an hour in the depths of winter, but I have lovely big south facing windows.
I’m well insulated, curtains all interlined, we have jumpers and dressing gowns and slippers. Blankets on the sofa.
Having one toasty room is in my opinion the best if you are concerned about the bill. You don’t need lots of radiators on.

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