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YellowHighlighterPen Mon 28-Sep-20 13:26:30

Can anyone help with this please? Now the weather's getting colder, I need to think about heating. Normally I'd be out at work 5 days a week but now I can visit only 1 service user per day and then be working at home. I might be out for an hour and a half or for 7 hours - I won't know how long until I'm actually in work that day.
I have 14 radiators at home so it might make sense to get a room heater for my working room at home. How do I decide which kind and which would be cheaper - central heating or room heater? Central heating is gas.

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YellowHighlighterPen Mon 28-Sep-20 13:28:54

Sorry forgot to say that I have 1 DC in Yr 12 who is home when not in lessons and 1 older DC who's looking for work so often at home so it could be that 3 rooms need heating for a large part of the day.

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Bwlch Mon 28-Sep-20 14:06:56

Heating just one room when you are actually in it will almost certainly be the cheapest option. If you want to heat multiple rooms, it's less clear cut. You might be better turning off the radiators that you don't need and using the central heating.

You really only have the option of electric heating if you want to heat one room and it doesn't matter what type because they all cost the same to run per kilowatt of output. There are non-electric alternatives but they invariably give of fumes and/or huge amounts of water vapour.

RubyViolet Mon 28-Sep-20 14:10:58

For employers it’s a win win isn’t it. No overheads to pay now the offices are closed.
I think many people will be taking this up with their workplace. Hopefully some fair minded bosses will contribute towards this.

Whymustyoubringinthebirds Mon 28-Sep-20 14:19:53

This might not suit but I use an electric throw when I'm working keeps me warms, the room I work in has no radiator in it

YellowHighlighterPen Mon 28-Sep-20 15:39:22

Thanks everyone. I have a little fan heater which warms the room fast and a halogen one which takes a long time but I think is cheaper to run. Maybe I'll need a combination of both for maximum efficiency. I'll use both then switch the fan heater off when it's warm enough and the halogen can take over. My nose and fingers get too cold to do without a room heater and I need to type.

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Wilma55 Mon 28-Sep-20 15:42:59

Don't forget to claim the £6 a day wfh allowance (see Martin Lewis)

Houseextender1 Mon 28-Sep-20 15:45:20

Theres lots of info on mse about this, things like make sure you're on the cheapest provider for utilities, small heaters next to you, etc. That might help.

YellowHighlighterPen Mon 28-Sep-20 15:53:37

Thanks. I'll look into that.

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Horsemad Mon 28-Sep-20 16:28:56

Wilma55

Don't forget to claim the £6 a day wfh allowance (see Martin Lewis)

£6 a week, not a day.

whensmynexthol1day Mon 28-Sep-20 16:46:49

@Wilma55 and not even £6 a week - it's tax relief on £6 a week so 20% or 40% of £6

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