Returning home last night in decidedly autumnal weather with a wind-chill that made it feel positively cold, it was nice to open the door and realise just how cosy the house actually is inside. Several of the neighbours, admittedly elderly ones, have said they've already had to resort to putting on the central heating since it dropped cold, and I can understand that the older we get the more we feel the cold.
That said yesterday's announcement that energy companies are putting up their prices yet again will surely have more people thinking twice before they crank up that thermostat. My own is already set at 17 degrees, which means the heating won't automatically come on unless the temperature inside the house drops to 17 or below. A lot of other neighbours will spend the winter in t-shirts and shorts, with the heating turned on full blast, but not this frugal person. I wouldn't want to anyway and I couldn't afford to!
It must be a little colder today as the heating did switch itself on this morning, and I immediately turned it off again. It's not that cold and the heating doesn't need to be on. Instead it's time to dig out the woolly jumpers and socks, fill the hot water bottle to cuddle and time to look out the quilts and knitted blankets we cosy up under when the days, and evenings, are colder.
I'm determined to keep the monthly direct debit for gas and electricity the same despite the price increases, and if that means using even less than ever so be it.
What steps do you take to cut down your fuel bills?
Until next time.