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    • dandy-candy
    • By dandy-candy 9th Aug 17, 5:09 PM
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    Have you put the central heating on yet?
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    • 9th Aug 17, 5:09 PM
    Have you put the central heating on yet? 9th Aug 17 at 5:09 PM
    I couldn't find the old thread but if I missed it please move this one!

    Two nights ago I had to have a hot water bottle but last night the whole house was so cold that we put the heating on, and it's still on now.

    How about everyone else?
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 20th Sep 17, 7:51 AM
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    The weather report says it is warmer, but I feel chilly so it went on today.
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    • clare155
    • By clare155 20th Sep 17, 8:46 AM
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    We've just moved our lounge into the back room which gets all the sun (instead of the freezing cold back room) and it's lovely and warm in the evenings now. Hopefully we can hold off putting the heating on until the end of October!

    Totally understand others who have put it on though - its miserable being cold
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 20th Sep 17, 8:54 AM
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    We're putting ours on briefly for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening now and topping up body warmth with thick sweaters and body warmers. With double glazing, cavity walls and 10" of loft insulation our house doesnt lose heat as quickly as some but in the evenings when yiu,re sedentary and watching TV or reading yiu can start to feel chilly if yiu don,t get up and move around occasionally.

    However during daytime when the weather is mild we do open some doors and windows a little to change the air.which can get very stale if it's not refreshed occasionally. I think it's a question of keeping the balance between warmth and a healthy environment in which to breathe.
    • Judi
    • By Judi 20th Sep 17, 9:08 AM
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    Mines on and off like a yoyo.
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    • cally6008
    • By cally6008 1st Oct 17, 8:11 PM
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    Made it to October I think we'll be putting it on to check all is working ok tomoro.

    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 2nd Oct 17, 11:12 AM
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    I couldn't find the old thread but if I missed it please move this one!
    Originally posted by dandy-candy
    The "Is your heating ON or OFF" thread is alive and well . Mods...?

    Its a pleasant surprise to find that October feels warmer than early August! (Although at the time of this thread being created I was simultaneously sweltering in Europe - I heard the UK weather was miserable at that time! - and PPR'd ).
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 2nd Oct 17, 3:33 PM
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    No not yet far too warm at the moment 23c at lunchtime here in Kent
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 2nd Oct 17, 7:11 PM
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    No not yet far too warm at the moment 23c at lunchtime here in Kent
    Originally posted by JackieO
    Autumn duvet has gone on. But not the central heating. Blanket it by the sofa just in I start to feel cold.
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    • oldskoo1
    • By oldskoo1 5th Oct 17, 5:04 PM
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    Cold today, wife ask and I just realised our stat battery has ran out!

    Anyway, it’s in the Hall (which is usuall colder than the rooms), stat usually on 18.5. All other rooms 19-22.

    So 2 options
    A) 18.5c from 5pm till 11
    B) 21c from 5pm till 7pm

    Option b means it’s likely to only heat once.
    Option a probably twice, maybe 3 times.

    I’m wondering if option 2 might save me money?

    If you get my logic. I guess it depends how quickly my 14 year old house looses heat.
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 5th Oct 17, 7:06 PM
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    Cold today, wife ask and I just realised our stat battery has ran out!

    Anyway, itís in the Hall (which is usuall colder than the rooms), stat usually on 18.5. All other rooms 19-22.

    So 2 options
    A) 18.5c from 5pm till 11
    B) 21c from 5pm till 7pm

    Option b means itís likely to only heat once.
    Option a probably twice, maybe 3 times.

    Iím wondering if option 2 might save me money?

    If you get my logic. I guess it depends how quickly my 14 year old house looses heat.
    Originally posted by oldskoo1
    What time do you go to bed? Maybe by going a little earlier in winter you don,t need to have the heating on for so long, or can have it at a slightly higher temperature for a shorter time knowing that by the time it,s getting a little chilly you,ll be off to bed anyway. Or switch the heating off early and go and watch tv, if that,s what you usually do, from under the free warm comfort of your duvet in the bedroom. I know a couple of single older people who do this in the winter to reduce the time they need to keep the heating on in larger houses they find expensive to heat.

    If fuel costs are really an issue, with prices due to rise considerably this winter, a hot water bottle, a duvet and a bedtime hot drink flask with a bedroom tv or a book might be a cheaper option
    • Winchelsea
    • By Winchelsea 5th Oct 17, 7:50 PM
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    Have not had mine on yet.
    I've got the candles in flower pots going, which does make a difference. Might have an early night i.e. 10pm, with a hottie and a hot drink and bed socks etc.
    I keep an eye on the gauge, and if it goes down to 18deg I'll take drastic action (18 is the minimum we old dears should expose ourselves to).
    (NO - not that sort of exposing ourselves - behave!)
    19 at present, so all good.
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    • oldskoo1
    • By oldskoo1 5th Oct 17, 8:50 PM
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    What time do you go to bed?
    Originally posted by Primrose
    Around 11pm normally.

    That is what i'm trying to weigh up.

    The boiler has to come on regardless at 5pm. If i keep it going until 21c and then have it go off at around 7pm. Would that last until 11pm, esp in mid winter.

    I was thinking if it was cheaper to have it keep going vs go off at 18c and perhaps come back on 2 or 3 more times.

    House is well insulated.

    It would only be wise to do this when the temp drops outside enough to trigger the boiler to come on 2-3x.

    I doubt the theory because the higher the temp the quicker the heat loss.

    Intriguing though.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 6th Oct 17, 6:33 AM
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    Too warm for the ch stove here,I have a heat sink floor and wall in the living area. The sun heats them. Was 9 outside but is still 22 in that area. I had three tealights on last night and the living area temperature got to 23. It is cooler upstairs, good for sleeping
    • MERFE
    • By MERFE 6th Oct 17, 10:10 AM
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    I've pulled the windows in so they are only on the air rather than wide open. Haven't got a temp guage so have to just go by how we feel. I have found it is too cold for just a t-shirt but too hot to wear a jumper just yet. When it is cold with a jumper, that is when the heating will go on.
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 6th Oct 17, 3:02 PM
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    . I had three tealights on last night and the living area temperature got to 23. It is cooler upstairs, good for sleeping
    Originally posted by kittie
    Iím intrigued by the thought that tealights can effectively raise a room temperature by a noticeable amount, I suppose if itís small room this is possible but I doubt whether in a long through-lounge/dining room like ours they would be similarly effective. I shall have to give it a try though!
    • LadyhavershamLost
    • By LadyhavershamLost 7th Oct 17, 5:58 PM
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    Definitely not cold here in Berkshire although the 11 year old is feeling decidedly poorly and a bit achy. I have said we'll pop it on tomorrow for a bit in the evening if she is still feeling rough. We have put the decorative flames on the electric heater thingy and have lit a couple of candles.

    She is currently wearing fleecy Jim-jams, dressing gown and slipper boots so I don't think she is swinging the lead..
    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 7th Oct 17, 9:58 PM
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    Not been well, got the shivers due to dreaded lurgy, got heating on for couple of hours, Not had it on since, apart from when the engineer came to service the boiler. It works perfectly now, thankfully, ready for a November switch.
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    • Outdoorlass
    • By Outdoorlass 8th Oct 17, 1:07 AM
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    Switched it on this evening for first time, only for s couple of hours, just to make sure all working ok before it gets colder.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 8th Oct 17, 7:57 AM
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    Iím intrigued by the thought that tealights can effectively raise a room temperature by a noticeable amount, I suppose if itís small room this is possible but I doubt whether in a long through-lounge/dining room like ours they would be similarly effective. I shall have to give it a try though!
    Originally posted by Primrose
    Mine is a real eco house and the candles are in the main living area, living/dining/kitchen. The sun also gets to work in the day, heat sink floor and wall and this warmth is also slowly released. I haven`t needed to add any extra energy to the hot water tank either, as long as the day has some sun. As an example, my total electricity bill for the whole year is £308 and my pellets for ch and hot water about £180, unless it gets very cold like 2010 when it would be about £240. I am using the candles because of the lovely light while I am spinning, as well as for the added warmth. The snug, also s facing, needs no heat at all and neither of these two areas has a radiator. The n facing study is a colder room and has a very small rad, run off the stove. Upstairs is cooler, as it should be

    I cannot remember it being this warm in october in past years, I am still wearing thin cotton tops albeit with long sleeves
    • Lynplatinum
    • By Lynplatinum 8th Oct 17, 6:21 PM
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    Bloomin Economy 7!
    Evening all,

    I moved to my 'new' house last year and it is fitted with bloomin 'Economy' 7. Last winter I ran it as suggested ( for those not in the know - you are charged less between midnight and 7 am and the radiators are on full blast for that time. You are charged more for your electric during the day (until midnight) but the radiators have stored the heat and there are some (limited ) options on when you can let it out.)

    Despite being on a low tarrif my fuel bills trebled! My previous house was a terraced property built in 1897 without double glazing and gas central heating. My current house is two bedroom built in two phases (1790 and 1880) with full double glazing and double glazed doors!

    So this year (as well as doing the MSE energy club swap ) I am trying something different. I bought a free standing oil filled rad which has a timer in it. I have set the timer on it and am experimenting with the temperature! Last night it was far too warm - off came the cardigan - the blanket for the sofa was abandoned and the dogs left the room! And that was on half heat! Phew! I also bought a digital timer I can set with an older oil filled rad in my bedroom - which will be set on lowest setting to keep out the damp. Kitchen does not need heat and nor does small bedroom as both my son, his partner and their dogs sleep in there!

    We will see how that goes bill wise. Seems daft to me to have the house boiling hot when you want it cool to sleep!

    clare155 I moved into the house with a conservatory which has underfloor heating - the programmer is a right pain but we are attempting to set that at 20 degrees early morning and late evening again to keep out the damp - during the day the sun warms it beautfully - even although it faces east!

    Any suggestions welcome for heating advice from you folks.

    Am posting because we only just turned on these heating devices last night (although we have used sporadic heating over the past two weeks)
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