'We Don't Have The Heating On When We're Asleep.'

@Janey1966 (24192)
Carlisle, England
February 27, 2013 2:42pm CST
This is what a British Gas customer said on the news earlier..as though it was some hardship or something she was experiencing. I realise that British Gas's profits are ridiculously high whilst the gas and electric bills for the average consumer are now at around £1,300 a year BUT for someone to say she doesn't have the heating on whilst asleep (and it's obvious from her sad face she's upset about it)..well, I find that a bit odd. For starters, I wouldn't be able to sleep with the heating on and, secondly, we don't have radiators in the bedrooms anyway. We would need them, however, if we wanted to sell this house. Can you sleep with the heating on? It makes me feel sick just thinking about it.
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@wolfie34 (26789)
• United Kingdom
27 Feb 13
My bedroom is like a sauna with the heat on, unfortunately I have the big tank in my bedroom so when the heating goes on, my bedroom hots up, and that's just in the winter! We never have the heating on over night and we usually turn it off before going to bed, 11pm, I wouldn't be able to sleep if it's on. I don't like to be hot, it affects my moods badly. I actually have the windows wide open in my room it's so hot at time, we turn the thermostat down but it's still too much. Yeah I heard about the greedy profits, and are they filtering that profit through to their valued customers? Like hell, and of the course the weak minded government sit back and let them get away with it. Sickening.
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
27 Feb 13
I'm a bit dismayed at the coal fired stations all being closed down at once..and nothing 'renewable' has been built in their place. Denmark has the right idea..wind farms cover that country. Over here we sold our gas to the likes of Norway and ended up with no reserves of our own..just to make money. We should be self-sufficient with our energy but we're a long way off that. My Dad worked in a coal mine (his first job) so I guess I have a soft spot for miners. Australia is rich due to coal mining (for the Chinese) but, even there, the bubble will burst eventually. I guess they're making the most of their wealth whilst it lasts. Same with Brazil and the like.
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@wolfie34 (26789)
• United Kingdom
27 Feb 13
Last year when I went to Great Yarmouth for a holiday with my friend, they had wind farms along the coast, Scratby Sands is a famous Wind Farm, and yet I wonder how is that filtering through to help our utility bills? Do we see any reduction in cost? Wind farms are a great idea, so much better than nuclear power stations and those awful smoke towers, sure they are eco friendly.
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@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
27 Feb 13
We're not embracing them properly. We see a few of them on our way to Mum's in Blackpool and there is a massive one Garstang Road way (on a road off the motorway) that I love..but so many people hate the darned things. The NIMBYS. I can't understand this obsession with 'views' as there's photoshop to get rid of windmills anyway, on photos and the like. 'Escape to the Country' has a lot to answer for. I bet a lot of those places by the river have got flooded out since they were filmed. That's another place I would not live..by a river. We're surrounded in Carlisle by rivers (but we don't live next to one) and we all know what happened here in 2005! At least Prescott pushed for our wonderful defences to be built ASAP..the only good thing he did when Labour were in power!
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@GardenGerty (138349)
• United States
27 Feb 13
We keep the house really cool,asleep or not. It is healthier for us. Our heat is on a thermostat and so we set it so that the heat does not kick on, unless it is exceptionally cold. I feel better sleeping cool.
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@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
27 Feb 13
Apparently, the health experts say that we're supposed to do exactly what you are advocating and I, too, cannot sleep when I'm too warm. However, I hate it when my feet are cold so I wear bedsocks to warm them up. Mind you, when I wake up they're a bit on the hot side, which is my point. If I can leave the socks off (like the last two nights) I will.
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@GardenGerty (138349)
• United States
28 Feb 13
We have a heated mattress pad on our bed with dual controls. I get into a warm bed then turn my side down or off. That drop in temperature brings on good sleep they say.
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@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
28 Feb 13
Yes, I've heard that too. I bet some people have the thing on red hot all night, it's a wonder they don't spontaneously combust lol.
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
28 Feb 13
Having been brought up in a house in which the only heating in the entire house was the coal fire in the living room, I never, until quite recently, had heating on in the bedroom. Now I have an oil filled electric heater in there, but I tell myself that its for the cats benefit and not mine! They love it and I'm snuggly and warm under my quilt anyway and generally have two or three cats snuggled up beside me for mutual warmth. I also leave the gas fire on in the living room overnight so that the cats who sleep in there can keep warm - neither are young, (One is 17 or 18 and the other is well into her teens.)
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@ElicBxn (61189)
• United States
28 Feb 13
My cats do a splendid job of keeping me warm. Now that our oldest cat is going to be 11 the first of April.
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
28 Feb 13
Awww, putting the cats first, that's so sweeeet!
@lelin1123 (15632)
• Puerto Rico
27 Feb 13
When I lived in New York where I needed heat I would lower it to maybe 62 degrees. I always felt we had comforters on what was the point of having it blasting. When I moved to New Mexico I would shut it down at night completely. Then about 6 in the morning I would put it on to 68 or 70. Now that I live in Puerto Rico I don't have to deal with heat or the expense of it. Thankfully it is a blessing not having to deal with the price of heating a house anymore. I feel bad for the people who do.
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@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
27 Feb 13
We've been told that, if we have another severe winter next year (this one actually hasn't been too bad, not here in the North West of England anyway) we may have to start importing more of our fuel as we're about to shut our last remaining coal fired power stations. Nothing has been sorted out (in advance) to replace them. It's an EU thing (who else) but, due to ineptitude by the previous government and now this one..nothing is being built.
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@BarBaraPrz (33080)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
27 Feb 13
I'm with you. I find it difficult to sleep in over-heated quarters. Unless it's really freezing out, I turn the fireplace off at night. I do have a baseboard heater in the bedroom but I haven't had it on since getting the gas FP. I just have the little one in the bath, on upstairs, and another in the back room downstairs, both set fairly low. And the pipes haven't frozen either, like they used to before the FP.
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
27 Feb 13
Forgive me, but what's FP?
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@BarBaraPrz (33080)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
27 Feb 13
Forgive me for being too lazy to type out FirePlace...
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
27 Feb 13
Oh right, it's obvious now I think about it lol.
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@peavey (16980)
• United States
28 Feb 13
I think it depends on how cold it is and how well the house holds the heat. I used to live in a house that had foot thick walls and seldom got below 60 F overnight no matter how cold it was outside. We heated with wood and banked the fire overnight so for all practical reasons, there was no heat in the house. This house will cool down quite a bit more than that, so I set the thermostat at 60, but it doesn't hold the heat evenly, so it's often at 58 or so. Believe me, when the temperature outside is at 0 F or lower, you want a little heat in the house even if you're sleeping. It would take more blankets than I could breathe under to stay warm at those temperatures.
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
28 Feb 13
The heating goes off about an hour and a half before I go to bed anyway (and we all know heat rises) so my bedroom hardly ever gets too cold for me to be uncomfortable. I remember at Mum's (when I was small) we didn't even have double glazing or heating upstairs and my window used to freeze up. We weren't soft in those days but now people complain if it's 10°C at night.
28 Feb 13
Oh yes, I remember feathery frost patterns on the INSIDE of the living room windows when I was growing up. Single pane glass of course. As you say Janey, we weren't soft in those days.
@peavey (16980)
• United States
28 Feb 13
When we were kids, we slept in an unheated second floor. The roof wasn't that great, either, and I remember waking up with snow on the quilts. I was younger then, though, and could stand to spend the night curled up in a fetal position to stay warm. If I did that now, I couldn't get out of bed! But you're right; most of us are wimpy now. We used to heat with wood and the house was cold (well 60 F anyway) until we got up and built up the fire. Now, I stay warm and cozy in bed until the furnace kicks on. I don't like it, but I have no choice right now. It has to do with what we are used to.
@yoyo1198 (3641)
• United States
1 Mar 13
Hi, Janey....I keep the whole house at a lower temperature. It is for comfort's sake and not economical as I don't have to pay the power bill. I don't have the heat on in the bedroom ever. I do have a warming blanket that I use if it is real cold but that is seldom necessary. With a 25 pound dog and a warm fuzzy cat under the cover, an extra heat source is hardly necessary.
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
1 Mar 13
Oh my, does the dog go under the cover as well? Awesome!
@yoyo1198 (3641)
• United States
1 Mar 13
Sure he does!!! He gets cold too!!! Dog and cat both. Dog doesn't take up much room. They get along really well. They're usually huddled up together. I'm incidental to them and tolerated.
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
8 Mar 13
Oh right, so THEY allow YOU in THEIR bed? I like that concept a lot!
@ElicBxn (61189)
• United States
28 Feb 13
Well, if it is cold enough, yeah, I want the heating on. Granted, we don't use radiators, we have central heat so its all or nothing. I have it set about 68º (20º C) but remember, those of us in Texas are used to sleeping with warmer temps, 78º or 80º (25º-26º C) in the summer. My bedroom can actually get considerably colder than 68º because its on the northwest side of the house and away from the thermostat. Then again, I'll have between 5 and 10 cats in bed with me too.
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
28 Feb 13
Marvellous! My cat won't go in the bed. I've tried coaxing her in but she's not interested. There's nothing like a warm, fuzzy cat (or cats) to send us off to sleep, is there?
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28 Feb 13
I usually have 2 or 3 cats on the bed which can get awkward when I have to get up in the middle of the night. However, they are used to it and move out of the way so that I can get out and then back into place after I get back in
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• United States
7 Mar 13
pft..if i turned off the gas heat at night,i'd probably wake up to broken pipes all over the house.not a possiblity.
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
8 Mar 13
Why is that? Do they need replacing? We did have a leaking water pipe (since repaired and lagged) up in the attic some years ago and that was bad enough.
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• United States
8 Mar 13
no,it just gets that cold here. nights with a minus 20 you could wake up to a 20 degree home. anything below freezing,older pipes are in danger.
@blackrusty (3521)
• Mexico
27 Feb 13
no heat for me yes it does get cold here but i just pile on the blankets to sleep warm but not hot as heating oil is expence here i even go shut off the water heater all the way of no to waste the gas otherwise i would be filling my small tanks every 4 days
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
27 Feb 13
That's what I would do if I got really cold in bed..just wrap up in the duvet cover. Years ago blankets were more popular than duvets and they ARE making a comeback..even duvets with wool fillings are too as they are warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Not cheap though but there again, more natural fibres never are, strangely enough.
• Mexico
27 Feb 13
i would buy one and use it but it wont look good with one dog and 4 cats that sleep on the bed with me and doing the covers that you can buy I would have to take it to the laundry ever other day
28 Feb 13
i know that it is easier to get cold when we are sleep,but i do not if it does matter with heating
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
28 Feb 13
I just shove my head under the duvet if I get cold..and curl up into a ball. That usually works!
• China
28 Feb 13
We have no heating or radiators in our room except air-conditioner only used during the summer months. It is not that cold Where I live.The lowest temperature is about 2 ? above zero inside in winter.
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
28 Feb 13
I hope that doesn't happen very often because 2°C sounds pretty cold to me, my friend!
• China
28 Feb 13
Wow,if this phenomenon happen in the north of our country,then it is a horrible thing because the weather at there is severe cold freezing,so if it happen then the some of the chief officer will be fired.
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
28 Feb 13
Oh right, thanks for that!
@GreenMoo (11836)
28 Feb 13
We don't have central heating anyway, but I wouldn't have heating in the bedroom at night even if we did. At the moment our big wood burner is our bedroom, and it's on my side of the bed. It's hard to just turn it off of course when it's been on in the evening, but it would be rather nice if someone could come and light it about half an hour before I get up! I never light it normally apart from in the evening even in the snow like yesterday, but it would be nice to have sufficient firewood to be ale to.
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
28 Feb 13
I don't know if it's actual wood burners or the 'copies' that can have problems with carbon monoxide coming into the room without people knowing. This is why I don't fancy one, to be honest..but there again, lots of fires, potentially have this problem so it's not exclusive.
• United States
28 Feb 13
The bedroom is the one room that I have the heat set at a regular temperature at night. The other thermostats all get turned down to around 52 degrees. The bedroom, however, is usually kept around 68-72 at night; it depends on how I'm feeling, though. When I was sick, I was keeping it at the higher end of the spectrum; now, it usually gets bumped back a bit when I wake up in the middle of the night.
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
28 Feb 13
At the other end of the spectrum, my Mum has her window open ALL YEAR ROUND. She will only close it if it's really, really cold..and her bedroom has an outside wall exposed to the elements, where her bed is situated. How she sleeps like that I have no idea. She gets a bit stressed when she can't open the window here as it opens INWARDS and is awkward to master. It does get annoying when she sighs if she's hot (which is all the time) whereas me and John are just right. We're used to it, you see.
@LittleMel (14032)
• Canada
28 Feb 13
no I don't think so. definitely not here. plus it's very dangerous to turn off the heater in winter as pipes could burst and flood the entire house with water that's way more costly than gas bill I'm thinking to sell the house too, it's just hubby doesn't want to with property tax on top of mortgage there is hardly much left every month for anything other than bare necessity
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
28 Feb 13
I got a bit depressed at the thought that I can't even buy Mum (for Mother's Day) the sun lounger I want to buy her. I shall have to ring her tomorrow to see if a more basic one will suffice (without padding, they were popular in the 70s) but at least my Dad wouldn't be able to use it as he's too heavy. He's the person who's ruined Mum's present lounger with his weight.
@ctryhnny (3462)
• United States
27 Feb 13
I live in a great apartment where no matter how cold it is out it seldom gets cold enough to turn on the heat. Even during the coldest days I don't need it. I actually put a fan on at night when I go to sleeep because it gets very stuffy in here and bothers me when I am sleeping.
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
27 Feb 13
I take it the apartment is well insulated? There is a problem with many homes in the UK not being properly insulated i.e. no loft insulation or cavity wall insulation (when required) and there is a debate raging as to how it all can be funded as not many people can afford it..all their money, ironically, is going on gas/electric bills!
@dawnald (84315)
• Shingle Springs, California
27 Feb 13
yep, I do, but since I have one of those smart thermostats, I really need to program the thing so that the heat is lower while we're sleeping.
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
27 Feb 13
Yes, our heating system is old so when it's on it's on. We can't turn it down. This is why we couldn't have it on 24/7 even if we wanted to as it would cost a fortune. In actual fact, the fire not working actually does us a favour as it costs more money to run a gas fire than radiators...especially ours, which isn't energy efficient at all.
• United States
27 Feb 13
My heat is constantly on till the spring when they cut it off altogether. That is how it works here in Ny. everyone who lives in buildings have their heat on like this.
@Janey1966 (24192)
• Carlisle, England
27 Feb 13
I do know that local authority properties are centrally controlled..so is it the same in your building?