Earth Notes: Gaming your Heating for Cash and Giggles!

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Just these two simple tricks to help make you slimmer and richer! :)

Do you valiantly resist turning your central heating on until November and also make sure that it is off by April, and grit your teeth through a few chilly days either side? And do you have room temperature set to a reasonable level, not sweltering, that does mean putting on a sweater inside when it's cold outside? (Assuming that you're in the UK or the northern hemisphere at least...)

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Trick 1: 19°C

Do you keep your central heating thermostat set to 19°C or below, and/or if you have TRVs do you keep them set to half-way or below?

If so then well done; you are almost certainly saving yourself significant money and helping to keep your weight down too! Can you ever be too slim or too rich in pop culture?

Lots of people leave all their TRVs on max, and fiddle with the house thermostat until it clicks to try to manage the temperature of the room they happen to be in - not great for the rest of their home!

Basically the suggestion from research is that if you don't let your body experience the cold of winter it doesn't get the right cues to adjust metabolism and, for example, your 'brown fat' cells don't burn off excess calories as they should.

Running around your home in underwear mid-winter has never been a good choice from a money (or fashion) point of view, and seems not to be healthy for you or the planet either, so break out the fleece and the warm socks and don't try to recreate the beach on your couch.

Trick 2: Heating Right Off In April (and on in November)

When I asked on Twitter who had turned off their heating in April, a majority had, but not as big a majority as I'd hoped.

One person said "Heating on most of the year - that's what thermostats are for, surely?"

Well, maybe.

I've noticed that in spring I'm prepared to put up with slightly lower temperatures (while keeping the heating off entirely) than I am in gloomy mid-winter. We're not consistent thermometers so sometimes push yourself a bit harder to save a few more pounds in the bank and off the waist?