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Does turning the heating on lead to conflict in your house?

Has the battle of the thermostat begun in your home yet?

It’s the time of year when most people are thinking of turning their heating on or have already done it – and not without a little domestic strife.

Research has found more than a fifth of Brits admit that when to turn the heating on causes arguments in their house, and a further 23% say deciding which times to have the heating on also leads to conflict. However, more than half of householders (54%) questioned by Samsung try to wait as long as they can before turning the heating on as they believe it’s the biggest drain of energy in the home throughout autumn and winter.

And it’s not just the penny-pinchers who delay the switch-on for as long as possible – over a quarter of householders, and a third of the eco-conscious Gen Z age group (18-24), insist the environmental impact of using heating also makes them leave it switched off for as long as possible.

Whatever the reason behind their heating hesitation, both money-saving and eco-friendly householders admit they try several winter warmer tricks to delay the switch on, ranging from simple solutions like wearing extra layers around the house (65%), drinking hot drinks (40%), exercising indoors (13%), and wearing socks to bed (40%), to warming methods that use energy anyway, including using an electric blanket (14%), heating up the bed with a hairdryer (8%), or leaving the oven on longer than needed (8%) to generate more heat.

Teg Dosanjh of Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland, which did the research for its SmartThings Energy Control service, says: “In a bid to cut down on energy bills, people are going to some interesting measures to delay switching on the heating, and the energy debate causes arguments in over a fifth of homes – but it shouldn’t. It’s not about when to turn on the heating, it’s about how you can control your energy when you do.”

What happens in your home? Is your heating on regularly already? Is there a conflict about heating and a thermostat battle in your home? Do you live alone and please yourself? Or is there harmony over home heating?

Does turning the heating on lead to conflict in your house?

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sparrer
6th Nov 2020
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There's just me and the mog so I try not to turn it on too much in the daytime but the look he gives me when it starts to get chilly pricks my conscience. Blooming cat, it's his fault if sometimes the heating bill is higher than allowed for!
cehodgson
6th Nov 2020
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No, we both like to be warm and would hate a freezing house.
Fortunately, we tend to agree when it feels too hot and we turn the heating down a notch.
ArchieUK
1st Nov 2020
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I think that the last few words somes it all up, it is how you controle you usage not ehen you put it on..
We have our own way and never fall out.
simbadog
29th Oct 2020
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Yes always! I'm always hot and a fresh air freak so he turns the heating up and closes the windows and I nudge the dial down and crack the windows ajar.
Lighting the wood burner is normally late November over here but I try and delay it for as long as possible
viking
29th Oct 2020
1
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Let those who choose to turn the heating down be ready for a rude awakening, because if you are stricken with hyperthermia, there will be no room for you in a hospital bed as they will all be taken up with Covid patients.
Billythequiche
29th Oct 2020
2
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Not bloody likely! I didn't forego some luxuries whilst working and put it into a pension to sit in the cold. Enough food and enough warmth and everything else is secondary. For the over seventies, turning the thermostat down to save money or the planet is NOT recommended.
We were very lucky and started our retirement by replacing our boiler with a top rated one and replacing all doors and windows. Not possible for all but there are grants for those in need. Getting cavity wall insulation and an extra layer of loft insulation was free from our power supplier.
Couple the above with changing supplier to get best deals and the bills tumble. Checking and changing through "Which Switch" is simple and Which are absolutely trustworthy.
ecarg
29th Oct 2020
1
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Another advantage of living alone I hadn't thought off.
Sue Greenhill
2nd Nov 2020
1
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exactly ,can please myself!
HappyHippie
28th Oct 2020
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my husbands turn's it up, I turn it down when he isn't looking
Spanish dreamer
28th Oct 2020
2
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My husband always tell me its warm! He forgets I am on anticogaulants, so my blood is much thinner
Lionel
27th Oct 2020
2
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I've been running a woodburner for about thirty years. We live in a remote spot with no gas for ten miles and very frequent power cuts so a wood burner is essential. Open all the doors in the house, stoke up the stove and we have a warm dry house, and so cheap!

For us, there's an added advantage. When power cuts come we can take a pre-cooked meal from the freezer and eat well.

As for conflict. No, I just do as I'm told - well in this matter!
Wilf
27th Oct 2020
1
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After asking my wife what she would like to do we have the heating on at this time of year 24/7 even though it is perfectly mild outside with a light drizzle!
jeffsoo
27th Oct 2020
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Me and the wife have a democratic discussion but I have the casting vote
Wilf
27th Oct 2020
1
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We have the same but she has the casting vote hahaha-she says she does!
Lionel
27th Oct 2020
1
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I just give in and light the wood burner.
Munsterlander
27th Oct 2020
2
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We have a wood burner which is a savior when the really cold weather arrives. Amazing how efficient it is. A few small logs last for hours and once it has heated up the metal stays hot all night as well.
MrsPat
27th Oct 2020
2
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Yes it does. I am frozen most of the time due to poor blood circulation. My old man is like a hot fire and never feels the cold. I say to him if it's too hot just get out in the garden. He moans about the cost of heating constantly.
Munsterlander
27th Oct 2020
3
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Get a wood burner. They are cheap to run and efficient.

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