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When to turn heating on: Why you should hold out for longer this year – EXACT date


With a sharp rise in heating costs amid the energy crisis, the true cost of the cold weather this winter is yet to be revealed. Keeping expenses to a minimum during the colder months is the top priority for households across Britain this winter, and putting off using your central heating is just one way to do it – but for how long should you be delaying heating your property? Express.co.uk spoke to the experts to find out.

When to turn on your heating

As the days get shorter and the temperature finally plummets with the autumnal frost, there is nothing more inviting than a warm radiator to make the cold mornings and chilly evenings a little cosier.

A survey of 1,000 Brits has revealed that 85 percent of us will have turned our heating on by October 3, but Jacobs & Dalton recommended looking for alternative ways to keep warm for just a few more weeks.

Saving the extra pennies could make a big difference in the current climate of rising tax, fuel prices and the energy crisis.

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While there is no one-size fits all rule for turning on the heating, experts at PlumbNation have claimed that October 31, should be the benchmark for making the ‘big switch’.

Aiming to tune your heating in with the clocks changing is a good way to mark the start of a new season, with the weather often freezing over as November arrives.

If the end of October seems too far away, there are a few things you can do to keep warm in the meantime.

Staying cosy without turning up the dial is easier than you may think with just a few small changes around your home making a huge difference.

Who turns their heating on first?

Of the 85 percent of Brits who turn their heating on by October 3, who is making the ‘big switch’ first?

Experts at Jacobs & Dalton told Expresss.co.uk: “Londoners tend to wait for the outside temperature to drop below 14 degrees, whereas the Scots prefer to wait for cooler temperatures, with the average temperatures outside being 12 degrees.

“The further north we go, the colder it has to be outside before the heating goes on.”

James added that Scotland holds out the longest, and anecdotally, they also set the temperature inside much lower than Brits living in the south.

The survey conducted by Jacobs & Dalton found that in order for the majority of Brits to turn their heating on post-summer, the outside temperature needs to have dropped to 13.5 degrees Celsius or below.

Tips for using your heating from October 31

  • When you do decide to turn your heating on, turning your thermostat down by just one percent could save you up to 10 percent on your heating bill.
  • Bleed your radiators to keep them working efficiently and avoid wasting money.
  • Conserve energy by isolating your heating – turn off radiators in unoccupied rooms.
  • Become more energy efficient by insulating your home and layering up.
  • Only heat your home when you need to by upgrading to remote controls to heat your home on the go.

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