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TheGreenManTheGreenMan Tyne and Wear Green Belt Posts: 821
It's that time of year again.

People are battling with spouses and kids, arguing with work colleagues; opening and closing windows; digging out the thick socks; clinging desperately onto those tiny shorts in the hope we have a second summer: it's the annual heating debate.

Has yours been on?  Should it be on? Should we just put on more layers?  Is it too early to even think about it? 

Are you all about comfort and cost be blowed?  Are you environmentally and/or cost conscious and would rather wrap up than heat up?

I'm interested in how differently we all approach this......



  • Songbird-1Songbird-1 Posts: 2,994
    Our heating doesn't normally come on until well into Autumn. We used to always say that if it went on before November ** ( OH fathers' birthday) then we were in for a bad winter.

    We've had it on😬🤭
  • B3B3 Posts: 18,770
    When a jumper doesn't work.
    Had it on a few times this 'summer'
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 2,925
    I find it strange when people stick to set dates for this. It’s a bit like saying I water my garden every Saturday whatever the weather.

    If we’re chilly we turn the heating on. Simple. And it really is simple - one flick of a switch and you get an hour’s heat. When we had coal fired central heating that was a significantly lengthy task to get it running.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 7,530
    I usually turn it off from sometime in July until around mid-late Sept.
    I did turn it off for a while when we had some warm weather in June, but it's been back on since then, but just for downstairs - I hate a warm bedroom
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  •  arguing with work colleagues; 


    Has yours been on? 


    Is it too early to even think about it?


    Are you all about comfort and cost be blowed? 


    Are you environmentally and/or cost conscious and would rather wrap up than heat up?

    The latter.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,649
    I agree with @BenCotto. We often need it in 'summer'.
    It can switch on anyway overnight if the temps are low enough.  My themostat is usually at around a low of 13 degrees, once the normal heating season is done, so it can come on quite often. As a stereotypical mean Scot, I lower it if it does that  ;)
    I have my bedroom window on the catch most of the summer though, even when it's single figs overnight. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • steveTusteveTu Posts: 1,425
    On in November, off in April - about the same time I switch from T-shirt and shorts, to long trousers, socks and fleeces.
    UK - South Coast Retirement Campus (East)
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 4,724
    We never turn ours off. It's a heat pump with underfloor heating. We set the set point and just leave it. If it gets too cold, it'll automatically cut in. I think it's been on a few times this summer but is off at the moment. If it gets too chilly (usually when it's wet and feels colder) we light the wood burner. Mind you, I've got warm slippers, two jumpers and fingerless gloves on at the moment  :/
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,031
    edited 2 September
    Ours usually goes on when the outside temp is down to the very low teens or so ........ or if we're both feeling cold ... if only one feels cold more layers and a mug of something warming are called for.  Mind you, I grew up in a draughty old farmhouse ... I don't like being too warm.  
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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 7,819
    Ours is gas central heating and is set to come on automatically during the day/evening if temperature drops below 15c, which it has done a couple of times recently although not for long. It's not programmed to come on overnight unless it's below freezing point. Our bedroom window is always open.
    I need to be warm so cost isn't such a consideration nor is saving the planet.
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