Our sources of heat for the house come from the Aga which is oil fired, the stoves which are multi fuel (coal and wood) and our central heating. We haven’t had this on yet. Well I tell a lie, we put it on and then felt far too hot and sweaty when we came in from doing the daily jobs. We aren’t a family who sit down when we get home from a days work or school, we get out and do ‘jobs’, have a warming hearty meal and then take a hot shower after locking up. We rarely sit down before 8pm and find that this keeps us warm for free, so to speak. The stoves have been on, mostly on weekends when we do make time to sit and relax together but we certainly aren’t needing them daily just yet and as for the heating, I think November will be well and truly here before that word is uttered again.
I must say however that I won’t be scrimping when it is needed. I am a strong believer that a family needs good food in their tummies and warmth round their bodies. Sometimes that’s putting a jumper on and sometimes that’s having the heating on all day. You can’t be happy and healthy if you’re cold and hungry. In my opinion anyway :-). I’ll keep you posted as to when we feel the nip and put it on. It’s good for me to have it as a record too I think. After all, we’ve only been here 10 months. We don’t have last year for comparison just yet.