When do you put your heating on?
TEMPERATURES this September are only slightly lower than they were a year ago.
But our demand for heating fuel has risen dramatically.
Electricity company npower reported demand for energy in the UK jumped by 65 per cent in the middle of the month and gas usage was up by 15 per cent.
It is thought that a long and warm summer has conditioned us to lighter clothes and that we’ve been taken by surprise by the onset of autumn, in a way that we weren’t following a cool, wet summer in 2012.
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A You Gov poll of Britons said that a majority of us expect to have the heating on at some point in September, with 45 per cent of 1,037 people polled online saying that’s when they turned the dial on the radiators.
A healthy number are resolved to wait until October to turn on the central heating, at 36 per cent, while an even hardier 18 per cent wait for November to roll around.
Until then, as we move closer towards winter, discussions take place in millions of households; should we put the heating on, or just don a sweater?
Certainly the words, if not the radiators in one Churchdown house, are ever so slightly heated. Noushien Khazeni-Rad lives there with her mother and stepfather.
Noushien, who is a student in Plymouth, said: “My stepdad says we can’t have the heating on at all until British Summer Time ends. That’s right at the end of October, so I’m really having to dig out all my sweaters and warmer clothes.”
n Tell us your rules for when the heating goes on at gloucestershireecho.co.uk.