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:
- Start preparing for your winter energy bills – tips on getting ready for higher cold weather bills, from energy efficiency to heating cover.
- Can you afford your winter fuel bills? – information on Winter Fuel Payments, social tariffs and energy efficiency grants which could help if you’re worried about how you’ll meet the cost of your winter bills.
- Energy efficiency tips – a whole range of tips to help you use less energy and cut your bills.
- Energy-saving gadgets – 10 energy-saving gadgets to help you be more energy efficient.
- ‘I used my dog as a draught excluder’ – 9 unusual ways people kept warm last winter