Predictably my direct debit for fuel charges went up last month. EDF told me they were going to do it before they told me the new monthly charge and I was more than a bit anxious. You see I reckoned that the combined payment for gas and electricity for £50 monthly that they calculated last year was woefully inadequate so I was expecting a bit of a hike. Imagine my delight when I found that it only went up to £57. That's not half bad given the fact that I thought I'd had the heating on loads last year. The winter seemed to go and on didn't it? It means that I must be doing something right.
As well as the cosy blankets, keeping the thermostat down and acclimatising myself to cope with lower temperatures I've come up with another handy hint to save on heating bills, especially if your routine is a bit erratic. Don't for goodness sake use the timer to put the heat on automatically. They'll be times when the house is lovely and toasty but there's no-one to enjoy it. That's no use to anyone and a waste of money. Instead only turn it on when you're at home. They'll be a short spell when you first get in when it's a bit chilly but that's a small price in return for reduced heating costs.