New home owner needs help with Gas Central heating


Me and my girlfriend have just moved into our first home and 6 weeks later got a massive gas bill. It was £150 but after i gave them the correct meter reading this dropped to £97 and i still need to call back this Wednesday to give them another reading as i still think this is wrong. I dont think the builders put down the right readings when we moved in.

We also had a problem with our heating so we were having it up really high but have now fixed the fault so we are hoping things will get better.

My question is should we keep the heating on low all day and then turn it off when we go to sleep.

Or would it be better having the heating on a timer this is what we had been doing up till now. It was coming on at 6.30 then off at 8.30 then 4.00 - 10.00 at night and some times we would turn it on during the days as we are always in and out.

We have a semi detached 4 bedrooms , 4 bathrooms town house ( 3 floors ) we have turned off some of the radiators in the rooms we dont use much. Would it cost us more firing up the boiler everytime or would it still be cheaper than having it on all day say at 18c .

Thanks for any help


  • Magentasue
    Magentasue Posts: 4,229 Forumite
    There isn't a definitive answer to your question, but generally, it's agreed that having the heating on timer as you describe is best. If you have turned off radiators, keep the doors of those rooms closed.
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