Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • andyward82
    • By andyward82 13th Oct 16, 9:44 AM
    • 29Posts
    • 0Thanks
    andyward82
    What's the most cost effective way of staying warm whilst working from home?
    • #1
    • 13th Oct 16, 9:44 AM
    What's the most cost effective way of staying warm whilst working from home? 13th Oct 16 at 9:44 AM
    Hi.
    I went freelance this year which means working from home all day in a single room. As the winter approaches it has struck me that I will be in a dilemma regarding house warmth this year.
    Do I whip the heater on all day, every day and heat the whole house or is there something else I can do? I only need one room warm all day and it would seem a waste of money the whole heating system on for the house just to keep one room warm.
    Any suggestions? The house is Victorian and has draughty sash windows (saving to have them replaces) so insulation is poor.
    I don't mind spending out on some things that may help me save money in the long term as I don't envisage my employment situation changing the in the near future - I'd just like to be a bit more savvy with my energy expenditure...
    Regards
    Andy
Page 1
    • reeac
    • By reeac 13th Oct 16, 10:43 AM
    • 955 Posts
    • 385 Thanks
    reeac
    • #2
    • 13th Oct 16, 10:43 AM
    • #2
    • 13th Oct 16, 10:43 AM
    Hi.
    I went freelance this year which means working from home all day in a single room. As the winter approaches it has struck me that I will be in a dilemma regarding house warmth this year.
    Do I whip the heater on all day, every day and heat the whole house or is there something else I can do? I only need one room warm all day and it would seem a waste of money the whole heating system on for the house just to keep one room warm.
    Any suggestions? The house is Victorian and has draughty sash windows (saving to have them replaces) so insulation is poor.
    I don't mind spending out on some things that may help me save money in the long term as I don't envisage my employment situation changing the in the near future - I'd just like to be a bit more savvy with my energy expenditure...
    Regards
    Andy
    Originally posted by andyward82
    Difficult to answer without more info. If others will be coming home from school or work in late afternoon or evening then maybe turn down the c.h. After breakfast and turn it up at mid afternoon but rely on local heating e.g. Oil filled electric radiator for your work room during the day. The alternative is to go round adjusting all the radiators morning and afternoon but maybe life' too short for that.
    Generally I'm not in favour of reducing a central heating system to one room heating ....I remember the bad old days of one coal fire with the rest of the house freezing ....but in your case as you appear to be confining yourself to one room for many hours per day then it could be worthwhile.
    • andyward82
    • By andyward82 13th Oct 16, 11:06 AM
    • 29 Posts
    • 0 Thanks
    andyward82
    • #3
    • 13th Oct 16, 11:06 AM
    • #3
    • 13th Oct 16, 11:06 AM
    Thanks. I have a lodger who comes in at about 6.30.
    I think based on what you said I'll have it timed for 7-8 (before I get up) then a couple of hours around mid-day then a few in the evening after perhaps...
    • Gizmo247
    • By Gizmo247 13th Oct 16, 11:07 AM
    • 453 Posts
    • 350 Thanks
    Gizmo247
    • #4
    • 13th Oct 16, 11:07 AM
    • #4
    • 13th Oct 16, 11:07 AM
    This may not be suitable for your house but I'll share anyway.

    I work from home 90% of the time. I have a Honeywell Evohome heating control installed with each room setup as a separate zone so I can heat each room independently. Rooms are completely turned off that are not occupied and I only heat my office during working hours.

    It is expensive to install but has more than paid for itself over the last 4 years.
    MFiT-T3 #149: {Q4/14} (£46,447)-->(£0) ~ +£46,447=100%
    Mortgage Free: 1st October 2014
    • andyward82
    • By andyward82 13th Oct 16, 11:25 AM
    • 29 Posts
    • 0 Thanks
    andyward82
    • #5
    • 13th Oct 16, 11:25 AM
    • #5
    • 13th Oct 16, 11:25 AM
    Ah I was just thinking about looking into something like that. I'll have a look a that today. Thanks.
    • andyward82
    • By andyward82 13th Oct 16, 11:27 AM
    • 29 Posts
    • 0 Thanks
    andyward82
    • #6
    • 13th Oct 16, 11:27 AM
    • #6
    • 13th Oct 16, 11:27 AM
    May I ask how much this system cost to install? It seems like exactly what I'm looking for!
    • tiger eyes
    • By tiger eyes 13th Oct 16, 11:31 AM
    • 922 Posts
    • 2,330 Thanks
    tiger eyes
    • #7
    • 13th Oct 16, 11:31 AM
    • #7
    • 13th Oct 16, 11:31 AM
    I start with a jumper, slippers, and if necessary a cosy blanket. If it gets colder than that, I'll shut the door and put the heating on only in the front room where I work. If it gets colder than that, it's time for hot chocolate and Baileys.
    • Gizmo247
    • By Gizmo247 13th Oct 16, 11:34 AM
    • 453 Posts
    • 350 Thanks
    Gizmo247
    • #8
    • 13th Oct 16, 11:34 AM
    • #8
    • 13th Oct 16, 11:34 AM
    It's around £600 to install. Did it myself.

    Recently had a new boiler installed as the old one was on its last legs. I could either have 10 years warranty with their own "whole house" thermostat or 8 years using my Evohome. No competition - chose mine. Once you have gone multi-zone, nothing else will do.
    MFiT-T3 #149: {Q4/14} (£46,447)-->(£0) ~ +£46,447=100%
    Mortgage Free: 1st October 2014
    • andyward82
    • By andyward82 13th Oct 16, 11:46 AM
    • 29 Posts
    • 0 Thanks
    andyward82
    • #9
    • 13th Oct 16, 11:46 AM
    • #9
    • 13th Oct 16, 11:46 AM
    That's not so bad at all mate. I'll definitely look into it. I have a couple of spare rooms, etc that hardly ever need heating - seems crazy that this kind of system isn't commonplace!
    Thanks again.
    Andy
    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 13th Oct 16, 1:19 PM
    • 26,079 Posts
    • 12,542 Thanks
    Cardew
    We get many similar questions.

    Surely it is not too onerous to switch the radiators off/low in the morning and turn up when required?
    • andyward82
    • By andyward82 13th Oct 16, 1:24 PM
    • 29 Posts
    • 0 Thanks
    andyward82
    Well, some time ago I had a problem with my 'motorised valves' apparently and the solution at the time was to take off all the valves on the rads and run the system that way (don't ask me why). I've had the boiler replaced since then so I suppose getting a load of valves and popping them on would be the easiest thing to do...

    Mind you, that's 9 valves I'm going to have to go around three/four times a day adjusting...
    • Pete9501
    • By Pete9501 13th Oct 16, 2:10 PM
    • 414 Posts
    • 389 Thanks
    Pete9501
    Start by fixing the leaky windows with secondary glazing even if its temporary, no point in heating the whole road.

    If the house is Victorian what about loft insulation as well, 270mm recommended. Do you have a chimney? block up the draft or light a fire on the days when you feel really cold as it heats the rest of the house too and retains heat in the brickwork for hours.

    Next consider that electricity is expensive compared to gas, look at the different price you pay for them.

    When you say you are working from one room, you are not really. Trips to the loo and kitchen during the day mean doors opening and heat lost from your room. Might be better to run the CH morning and late afternoon to keep the chill off and avoid damp / cold spots in the rest of the house.
    Last edited by Pete9501; 13-10-2016 at 2:16 PM.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

2,279Posts Today

6,071Users online

Martin's Twitter