The Great British "not put my heating on yet" brag

B0bbyEwing
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I'm sure you all know someone who says this. You may even say it yourself & while I can't say how everyone up & down the land intends to mean it, for those people I come across it's almost always said in a bragging puff the chest out sense.

But it made me wonder .... the knock on effects.

Last year I tried to hold off as long as possible & when the heating did go on, it went on later, came off sooner & it was set lower than previous. I used the fire (multi fuel stove) a lot more often since I get wood for free for the time being, but then unfortunately that only really heats the living room, even if I leave the hall & kitchen doors open. I suppose it'll impact them too but it doesn't feel like it does much. The living room though gets toasty, obviously. 

But what I noticed last year - black mould around the house, more than years gone by. 

Is this just something all the "not put my heating on yet" people battle or am I just unlucky that I was experiencing this mould more than usual?


Another thought that crossed my mind - is not having the heating on at all even good for the whole heating system? Go months & months, let's say April-October/November without putting it on because the temps are warm & then battle through December-March to not put it on or put it on very very little. Is that even good for the heating system? Maybe it makes no difference, I've really no idea - that's why I'm here asking these Qs.
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  • sevenhills
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    I waited until it got cold, now I have the central heating on at 18* and its not too bad.
    It's off at night, but if I am at home most of the time, the heating is on. We haven't used the tumble dryer, I don't think we used it much last year.
  • A lot of people were scared by the endless propoganda of high energy costs including dare I say it Martin Lewis himself. The knock on effect wasn't so much "haven't got my heating on" puff out chest. More likely I've been sacred to death by the media I darent out the heating on. Luckily last winter was very mild and the hand outs ended up making it very cheap for many to heat their homes.

    This year we went early with the hearing the first dip mid October and have left it on. 

    No black mould here although I will puff out my chest due to having a smart meter and currently only paying on average 18p kWh for electricity for our all electric house so this year will probably end up cheaper than last year even with all the handouts.
    "I can lead you to the money saving well but cannot make you drink from it"

    As mum always said "don't respond to imbeciles just ignore them" wise words mum 
  • elsien
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    No mould here, but I did start to get chilblains a couple of weeks ago.  Which was a bit worrying given that it’s not been that cold yet.
    I was being careful because I don’t qualify for any support this year, and I am worried about my heating bills. I have decided to be slightly less careful and see how it goes.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
  • RedFraggle
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    I'm all electric with NSH and put them on 3rd weekend of October. My flat is well insulated and that was when it felt cold. I figured if I let the fabric of the dwelling get cold it'd just take more energy to get it back to my comfort level which is 18 to 20C
    Officially in a clique of idiots
  • My heating just comes on when I feel cold, and has been on for a few weeks already, life's too short to sit around in the cold unless you really have to, had enough of that growing up in a house with no central heating.  Being on the winter support tariff from Eon helps, and the £500 winter fuel allowance this year, will pretty much cover the extra cost.
  • Chrysalis
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    edited 5 November 2023 at 10:11PM
    I'm sure you all know someone who says this. You may even say it yourself & while I can't say how everyone up & down the land intends to mean it, for those people I come across it's almost always said in a bragging puff the chest out sense.

    But it made me wonder .... the knock on effects.

    Last year I tried to hold off as long as possible & when the heating did go on, it went on later, came off sooner & it was set lower than previous. I used the fire (multi fuel stove) a lot more often since I get wood for free for the time being, but then unfortunately that only really heats the living room, even if I leave the hall & kitchen doors open. I suppose it'll impact them too but it doesn't feel like it does much. The living room though gets toasty, obviously. 

    But what I noticed last year - black mould around the house, more than years gone by. 

    Is this just something all the "not put my heating on yet" people battle or am I just unlucky that I was experiencing this mould more than usual?


    Another thought that crossed my mind - is not having the heating on at all even good for the whole heating system? Go months & months, let's say April-October/November without putting it on because the temps are warm & then battle through December-March to not put it on or put it on very very little. Is that even good for the heating system? Maybe it makes no difference, I've really no idea - that's why I'm here asking these Qs.

    I have mould, but I dont think my heating would fix it as the insulation is so rubbish in this property, that central heating just makes it not as cold, its not warm like when I feel in other people's houses.
    The problem with heating is its performance and efficiency is so dependant on the insulation of the property as well of course the efficiency of the boiler.  I dont like the idea of running expensive heating in inefficient situations.  If I owned my home, there is no question I would have invested in insulation at this point, but I dont and am at the whim of my landlord.
    Instead I focus on heating myself rather than rooms I dont use, and its far more efficient.  I settled on using an electric blanket, although if I feel the temp is really extremely cold that my health is at risk I will turn on CH like I did in the unusually cold spell last December.  Room temp is 15.8C which to me is way too high to run expensive CH. 
    Now as I am getting older i cant tolerate late autumn and winter temps as much as I used to, my torso, arms and head is fine, but my feet are vulnerable now, they can get cold whilst the rest of my body still feels warm.  I am curious how much a device that keeps a bowl of water hot for feet to stay in would cost to run, kind of like a mini hot tub I suppose, or if it would be silly money like portable heaters.  After a hot bath yesterday my feet stayed warm for about 4 hours.
    Seems such a product exists.

  • B0bbyEwing
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    Thanks for the responses. I did wonder if some would get the wrong end of the stick with my OP but thankfully no MSE'ers seem to have been offended :)

    I agree with one of the comments above - in my opinion it's not been cold yet*, but unlike last year where I hadn't had it on at this point, I've said sod it & on the days where there's been a bit of a nip, the heating has gone on. 
    As I understand it, heat and air flow help with the mould so through the day we have our windows open on 'night lock', not that I suppose it'll do a great deal but it's better than nothing. The bathroom is quite bad for the black mould though.

    * I appreciate everyone is different. Not cold to me could be freezing to others. I work with a few young lads & their teeth get chitter-chattering when it's about 10c complaining it's freeeeeeeeeeeeezing whereas I was brought up on no CH, single glazed housing with thick-thick ice on the inside.

    I waited until it got cold, now I have the central heating on at 18* and its not too bad.
    It's off at night, but if I am at home most of the time, the heating is on. We haven't used the tumble dryer, I don't think we used it much last year.
    I'm curious - how do you get your clothes dry then?

    I've read on here before of people leaving them out because "they'll dry eventually". I wonder what some peoples take on eventually is because I don't have time to wait until next summer. Even my mother says it - refuses to put the drier on.

    The other week I put a wash load on through the night, pegged it out when I got up at 6:30am, got it in at 5am & it was still wet. I have 1 maybe 2 days where I can peg stuff out but at this time of the year it just isn't drying & I've got to be in work the next day so the stuff is on a limited timeframe. 

    So then it's either go to work in wet clothes or use the tumble drier or dehumidifier. 

    I'm all electric with NSH and put them on 3rd weekend of October. My flat is well insulated and that was when it felt cold. I figured if I let the fabric of the dwelling get cold it'd just take more energy to get it back to my comfort level which is 18 to 20C
    Interesting what other folks comfort levels are. 
    I used to set mine to 18c before prices went crazy.
    Have since dropped that to 17c & find it acceptable for us. Radiators all got turned down a notch too.
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