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  • Not putting the heating on – how’s it going…?
  • oceanskipper
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    Just got off a Teams call where one person was wrapped in a duvet type thing and the other had a woolly hat and a coat on and it’s not even that cold yet….!

    Drac
    Full Member

    I closed a window the other night as it was 3c.

    IHN
    Full Member

    We have it on in the annexe where we work in the day, but lower than it was before

    Not on in the house yet, but the logburner has been lit in the evenings. I think we’ll get to October, I doubt we’ll get much further than that.

    the-muffin-man
    Full Member

    I’ve ‘tested’ ours a couple of times – only to make sure it’s working OK mind! 🙂

    thisisnotaspoon
    Full Member

    Still off. Windows closed but still only warming the house in the daytime by leaving the conservatory door open and closing it at about 6. I reckon we’ve got at least another couple of weeks.

    I recon I can buy another week with it off after that as I’ve not ‘tested’ it yet and the diverter valve has definitely been siezing/leaking over the summer. So that could mean draining the system to fix it 🤣

    big_scot_nanny
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    Not well, but then I also have a loathing to move from standard shorts and t-shirt wear of late spring and summer to wear long trousers and long sleeves.

    funkmasterp
    Full Member

    Turned ours on for half an hour yesterday just to make sure everything was okay and rads didn’t need bleeding. Reckon I can get through to mid Oct without using it.

    Dickyboy
    Full Member

    Fine in the sun drenched south, mind you the stat has been set at 18C, so even if it was on it wouldn’t be calling for heat just yet, will see how far I can make it into October before the residents start moaning 😀

    lunge
    Full Member

    Still off here in the Midlands, though I have started to wear trousers and not shorts in the evening. Still in shorts during the day though.
    I reckon I’ve got 3 weeks before it goes on in the evening, it’ll stay off in the day until I’ve run out of coats to wear and/or the dog starts shivering.

    flicker
    Free Member

    I closed a window the other night as it was 3c.

    4 °C here (Cheshire) overnight, it’ll certainly test people’s resolve. It’s easy to say I’m not turning my heating on over winter when it’s 20+ °C outside, not quite so funny when it’s near freezing 😀

    ton
    Full Member

    not even gone to long trousers and cardigans yet.

    just ordered a new waffle fleece hoody tho, for dec/jan/feb.

    supernova
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    Have moved from shorts to trousers and started wearing a jumper. Dogs have started turning up in my bed in the middle of the night to leach heat off me.

    singletrackmind
    Full Member

    Wait till the clocks change on the barmy south coast. Still got windows open as well, was 11c this morning though so noticed the chill.
    Did have to pop on a beanie last night but that’s more down to having a cold that im denying i have, in the vain hope it stays stuck in my lungs.

    wooksterbo
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    Been half tempted but that’s due to my 3 year old son not understanding why he feels cold. It’s also feeling colder than it is due to being used to the warmer weather we recently had. I expect we will last until early October and then make sure the temp is kept lower, to be honest our heating isn’t usually on for too long anyway.

    scotroutes
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    Trousers and a hoody indoors now. We’ve had a couple of frosty nights and it’s been a chilly, damp North-Westerly these past few days so the heating has been on and off a few times. That’s about right for the season.

    simondbarnes
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    I can’t remember when I last turned the heating on earlier than December.

    4 °C here (Cheshire) overnight, it’ll certainly test people’s resolve.

    It was 3°C in my part of Cheshire last night. Window open and summer duvet.

    duncancallum
    Full Member

    Had Woodburner on once

    Heating systems in bits… and the Aga is off.

    I’m upset my Sandle tan lines are fading

    intheborders
    Free Member

    It’s a bit early for the annual willy-waving contest – but we’ve a load of contenders already it seems.

    Most I’ll wager are southern based and live in well-insulated houses.

    bigginge
    Full Member

    Ours went on last night; mainly because of the new baby coming home from the hospital. It was starting to feel a bit cold in the mornings though, making getting up a lot less enjoyable, so we might not have lasted too much longer even without the new arrival.

    longdog
    Free Member

    Not on here in Angus yet, but it is a bit nippy today with the wind with a draughty house. My wife is sat WFH with a down jacket, scarf, fingerless gloves and fleece blanket wrapped around her lower half. I’m in shorts and a hoody 🤣

    I did offer to put it on for an hour but she’s going to tough it out 🤣

    simondbarnes
    Full Member

    Most I’ll wager are southern based and live in well-insulated houses.

    Or have low paid jobs and can’t afford to put their heating on unless absolutely necessary?

    shermer75
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    So far so covered in layers. I’m determined to make it to Christmas

    esselgruntfuttock
    Free Member

    Our front room rad was showing signs of blockage* last year so it was taken off & flushed, only made a slight difference so we’ve had a new one on along with having the rest balanced.
    So yes, the heatings been on but we’re going to Spain tomorrow for a month so it’ll be turned off.

    *yes, the rest of the system is probably full of crap too.

    Houns
    Full Member

    Sat here in shorts and a polo shirt with the window open here near @Lunge. Had to admit defeat and put a jumper on at work the other morning as it was 2°C.
    Still sleeping with window open, light duvet and in the nip

    edward2000
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    Ours has to be on as we have 11 month old twins. We also have a fixed rate mortgage ending soon. Its likely we will be a mortgage prisoner. Obviously our energy bills and food bills have increased dramatically, whilst we go from two incomes to one. I strongly suspect we will default on mortgage payments as we simply will not have the cash come the new year. OWith the current SVR, it means out bills have gone up by about £3000/month. If we fail to sell our home, which is highly likely, I suspect it will be repossessed.

    Before we had kids we earned nearly £100k combined and amassed over £10k in savings, as we thought we could afford a child. Nobody expects twins.

    Now we are soon to be on the bread line.

    I dont know what to do?

    MoreCashThanDash
    Full Member

    mainly because of the new baby coming home from the hospita

    Congratulations!

    Ours has kicked in at 5.45 the last two mornings – set at 18°. Not been on in the evenings yet.

    funkmasterp
    Full Member

    Most I’ll wager are southern based and live in well-insulated houses.

    Macclesfield in a house built in 1890 that’s basically a wind tunnel. Born and raised in Yorkshire so have a natural aversion to heating as it’s seen as a weakness!

    Ambrose
    Full Member

    Tested ours last night and now it won’t turn off. The programmer is borked. Now waiting for the gas engineer.

    MoreCashThanDash
    Full Member

    I dont know what to do?

    Sorry to hear this.

    Start talking to mortgage companies, energy firms etc to let them know you have problems and see what they can do to help ease the pressure or give you time.

    jekkyl
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    I caved in and put it on last night but the system is set on last year’s settings of 2hrs in the morning and 3 in the evening at 19’C.
    What lengths of time and temps does yowse lot have it running?
    Thinking of reducing to an hour in the morning, 1hr at 3pm (kids in from school) and another hour at 5/6 so the house is warmish for bed and showers.
    Also,do you think it would make much difference to turn off some rads? Like the ones in the halls, or not?

    bungle
    Full Member

    London, wfh, small 1896 terraced house, not well-insulated, back to long trousers last week, added socks today

    simondbarnes
    Full Member

    What lengths of time and temps does yowse lot have it running?

    When it gets cold it is on for a max of an hour in the evening. It gets to whatever temperature it gets to in that time (generally somewhere between 14 and 15 if I’m lucky)

    Macclesfield in a house built in 1890 that’s basically a wind tunnel

    Same here! Well, I don’t know the year but probably similar.

    andrewh
    Free Member

    Most I’ll wager are southern based and live in well-insulated houses.

    1880 stone flat in Southern Scotland. Had the fan heater on in the bathroom for the first time last night, cold when I’m wet but otherwise OK with ajumper.

    slowol
    Full Member

    The wood burner is on in the dining room to heat the middle of the house. Been using it early evening the last couple of days.
    Likely need the heating on for and hour or two later on.
    Fortunately on a fixed energy deal until next summer but our mortgage is a tracker so that’s about to get a bit too interesting!

    the-muffin-man
    Full Member

    @edward2000

    Talk to your mortgage company – there’s always a way. We’ve been in the roller coaster of mortgage arrears many times over the years. You have to be in really serious shit for them to start repossession proceedings. They’re more helpful than you think.

    Might buy you time to sell your house.

    And ask for advice on this forum too – there’s some brilliant people on there. You don’t have to be bankrupt for the advice to be relevant. Although I was 12 years ago and still managed to keep our house…

    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/categories/bankruptcy-living-with-it

    wait4me
    Free Member

    That’s crap ed2000. Don’t just stick your head in the sand, make sure you talk to lenders etc. If you really do need to sell up I’m sure the spectre of negative equity is still some time away. Good luck.

    Re heating, bought one of those heated throws as Mrs is always cold whilst I’m in shorts and tees. Seems to do the trick nicely, she hasn’t moaned about having the heating off. Disclaimer: tropical Sussex coast.

    dyna-ti
    Full Member

    I’ve given up. Was going to not put the heating on but I reckon that could lead to illness, so decided life is more important than money.

    I’ll leave it off as long as possible, but not over the entire day. Maybe towards the evening, or mornings too. Just not worth causing yourself harm, and lets face it, with the amount of ‘New Bike Day’ threads, most here can probably afford a price increase. Just curtail other random or luxury expenditures.

    dangerousbeans
    Free Member

    @edward2000.

    Definitely talk to your lenders and energy suppliers.

    Different time but someone I know was in dire straights a few years back and his mortgage company allowed him interest only payments for a time, and then an extended term when he returned to paying off capital; if you don’t talk to them you don’t know what solutions they may offer.

    tjagain
    Full Member

    Not put mine on yet. Mind you im still a couple of thousand miles south🤣

    tjagain
    Full Member

    Edward

    Law centres and CAB type places do debt advice and can help with renegotiating debt. Its what mrs tj used to do.

    You might even be eligable for benefits

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