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A central heating confession…

Turning the heating on... Image by Musée McCord Museum via Flickr

Turning the heating on… Image by Musée McCord Museum via Flickr

OK, I’ll come clean – I turned my central heating on last night.

I tried putting on extra layers, I sat under a blanket, I got a hot water bottle, but in the end there was nothing else for it – I was freezing!

I’m slightly ashamed to admit it – I usually manage to hold out until the end of October, and I think there’s definitely a competitive element to when we decide to give in and turn the heating on. There’s always someone who wants to prove how tough and impervious to cold they are by being the last one to switch the heating on.

For me, the heating going on signifies the end of good weather and being able to leave the house without a coat and the beginning of at 5 or 6 months of short, dark days and cold and rainy weather. When you think about it like that it’s hardly surprising that I would have preferred to put off flicking the switch for just a little bit longer!

Switching on your heating is a good trigger to get yourself organised for the winter in terms of energy.  For example by making sure you’ve got the cheapest energy tariff to help keep the winter bills to a minimum and also making sure that your boiler and central heating system are in good working order.

Here are some articles that might help you get prepared for the colder weather that’s just around the corner:

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  • Mick

    I also admit my heating has all ready been on twice in the evening this October, and once in the morning when getting up as i cant stick a cold bathroom and have to endure a shower then step out being colder than i was before i went in, possibly i am a wimp, but i would rather be warm than starting the day off shivering. If we do get good days at this time of year and the house is warmish when i come home, sometimes i can still do without it on! But generally speaking the mornings are cooler so its coming to the time now i need it on every morning!! Its either that or pack my bags and clear of for more sunnier climates!! ( i wish!! ) so i get a holiday brochure instead and dream!

  • christopher

    I switch my heating on about October, but I have, over a period of time experimented with a system of timing the heating to switch on and off as follows…. 45 mins on, then 30 mins off. this keeps the temperature at an even level and saves energy. I also keep a record of my gas and electricity readings on a spreadsheet which I have configured to work out my weekly total and average usage and costs, then I can compare any alteration which I apply to my heating timer..And it has worked for me, although setting up the formulas in the spreadsheet was a hassle at first.
    But, just as importantly, I have draft-proofed every door, even the key holes ! and had loft and wall insulation upgraded as well as the existing double glazing, and use energy efficient lights. my home is now rated as ‘B’ energy efficient. I also keep an eye on the latest energy prices via the web, (I am also a follower of Martin Lewis’s “ and change as and when I find a cheaper supplier.
    But we are all, still at the mercy of the energy company’s price rises !!!!!

  • PPI

    Me too! Especially now I have a fixed low rate for the whole year including the winter! (obviously using Uswitch)

  • Smotsie

    I have my central heating on most of the year, but set my thermostat to 17c which means it rarely fires up outside November-February, but if we get a cold snap it’s there before I notice I need it. I switch off completely whenever we are away (even for 24hrs or more) as I don’t see any point in heating an empty house.