How do you use your central heating and the thermostat? My post yesterday generated a few responses. Thought you might be interested in this Link
First of all, our house is well insulated, it has full double glazing, cavity insulation and loft insulation. Indeed the loft also has boards down and more than one carpet on top of it all!
Last winter we went through with our thermostat set at 14C on only in the morning plus two small bursts during the day until the wood burner was lit mid afternoon. When I say bursts I mean turn on, when it cuts off, turn off again. The house rarely drops below 10-12C, even the conservatory doesn't drop below 8C.
We are at home most of the day, getting cold only if we sit down for too long. We layer up, wear fingerless mittens and if we feel the chill, warm microwave bags. It is amazing though, that if you feel really cold and go for a walk, when you come back in, the house feels hot, as do we, for quite a long time!
Yes we could have the heating on all the time as a background heat but the cost of that, plus all other bills, when living on only one pension, would make life very difficult. Our neighbour has his heating on all the time and last winter ran out and had to half fill his tank again. His heating for those few months, cost him nearly £900 plus kindling and coal for his fire. He was not a happy bunny!
Each to his own I guess. We live our lives according to the cut of our cloth, and are happy with most of our choices most of the time. We have decided though to have our thermostat set to 16C this year, 40 minutes in the morning but still two or three quick bursts as well. Those bursts keep us warm for a few hours, so for us it works. Thanks for all your comments though, got us thinking again which is always useful.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.