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05/11/2013 at 18:52
I've had to put the heating on for an hour each of the last few days as the temperature outside got down to 1 and 2 degrees and inside the house it had got as low as 13 degrees
Has everyone else had the heating on? I've actually just put it on for a second hour tonight...
05/11/2013 at 18:56
mines been on for weeks, and for longer than an hour at a time! I don't cope well with being cold
05/11/2013 at 19:01
Mine's on for about an hour in the evening at the moment and about half an hour in the morning. It's way too cold to go without it.
05/11/2013 at 19:03
You've done well to get to this point. Mine has also been on for weeks. This week I've started setting it for a morning, before I was just clicking it on when we got up but its too cold to get out of bed now. Mine's probably been on for 3 or 4 hours over the day today, possibly more.
05/11/2013 at 19:07
Thank you all It is one of the few things I can try and control cost wise and but didn't want to martyr us over it IYSWIM?
05/11/2013 at 19:17
QI, did you see the programme on bbc1 last week about energy saving? If not it mght be worth looking for on iplayer, they had some novel ideas, it might be up your street
05/11/2013 at 19:53
My energy provider Eon are actually really good at providing hints and tips. We currently use less energy than the most energy efficient house would, if that makes sense but it is just still trying to save as much as possible. I will have a look though thank you. We are currently only spending, avergaed out over the year, £65 a month so we are doing really well, I'm just nervous about it getting colder and it costing more and more.
05/11/2013 at 19:55
What hints and tips do you use? I'm rubbish at being energy efficient.
05/11/2013 at 20:02
God are you all in jumpers? Mine is on a timer from 5:30-7am then 4-9pm. Weekends it's on pretty much all day. We do all walk around in shorts and best though
05/11/2013 at 20:04
We have radiators thermometers in every room, so each one is set to the temp you want in that room, saves massively not heating rooms that don't need it. All energy saving light bulbs. Fully insulated loft. Cavity wall insulation. Under floor insulation. Foil things behind radiators. Simple things like proper use of curtains. Use of lamps instead of main lights. LED lights where-ever possible. Bleeding radiators. Turning the hot water temp down. Hot water on for only half an hour. Always looking to layers first as opposed to putting heating on. Energy efficent appliances. Turning the oven off five minutes before finsihing cooking. Boiling wtaer in the kettle for cooking rather than heating it on the hob. Microwaving instead of hob whenever possible. Using the slow cooker. That's all I can think of at the moment, but this will give you more info:
05/11/2013 at 20:08
Wow, you really are energy efficient, I don't do any of those things apart from having a fully insulated loft and cavity wall insulation. My hot water is on constantly, my heating goes on and off all day, depending on how cold/hot it is.
I don't like sitting around in loads of layers of clothes. The only thing is I don't like it on for too long before we go to bed as H is like a hot water bottle and I get boiling but when he's nightshift like tonight I'll put the heating on for a bit before bed and then for earlier and longer in the morning.
05/11/2013 at 20:09
Not got our heating on yet, but we are in a newbuild flat on the first floor- so as we are 'between the layers' we stay quite warm. Even when it snowed we had it on for maybe 2 hours a day, morning then early evening. 3 hours max.
05/11/2013 at 20:24
SWWow, you really are energy efficient,
Belle- U now says if someone says they are cold 'put a jumper on' as it is a mantra in this house! And we often wear our dressing gowns around the house as well!
ML we are in a semi-detached but live in the side that isn't attached to anything IYSWIM? So we don't get any beenfit from next door
05/11/2013 at 20:25
Our heating went in last week. Only for a few hours each evening coupled with the gas fire when needed.
05/11/2013 at 23:04
You've done really well QI! Our heating has been on for a few weeks now, but will only kick in if the temperature drops below a certain point when the timer is on, iyswim. We've got an open fireplace which also helps. We try and be as energy efficient as possible but our house is old (1875) and we haven't got the money to properly sort out the insulation.
06/11/2013 at 06:52
Ours has been on for just over a week, we were aiming to wait until November but caved in a few days before!
06/11/2013 at 07:55
We haven't had ours on yet.
We are very much, an "add layers" family, before we turn the heating on.
Kids rooms are generally warmish anyway, and they have extra blankets in there, incase they need them.
H and I get under the duvet on the sofa, when it is just us on an evening, rather than put the heating on. During the day, the kids are too busy running around, leaving every single door open, so pointless having it on in the day.
06/11/2013 at 09:07
Do you all have tumble dryers to dry your laundry? We got rid of ours a coupe of years ago and since then I have to have the heating on to help dry the clothes. I do a wash a day - none of it would never be dry if we didn't hang on the rads.
06/11/2013 at 09:14
We put ours on for a couple of nights in October. Its set to come on when the temperature goes below 15 degrees in the front room and the last couple of days its come on morning and evening. We won't normally put it on during the day unless its cold at the weekends. We are a jumper family and I wouldn't expect to walk around in a t shirt in winter unlike my SIL who keeps her house boiling warm. When we had a hot water tank we only had the hot water on for half an hour to an hour. This seemed to give us plenty. Now we've got a new boiler which should heat on demand and will reduce bills (fingers cross).
06/11/2013 at 09:17
The washing is the one thing that I find hard until we start putting the heating on. There's only three of us so slightly less washing. I've toyed with buying one of those heated driers.
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