I am in the process of having Gas Central Heating put into my cottage in the village. At the moment it is Oil Central Heating (which we have here on the farm, along with an oil-fired Aga) but the boiler is not fully efficient so I decided to change over. It will be more efficient and - I am assured - cheaper to run.
The gas has already been brought to the house so now we are waiting for the inside work to be done. This is scheduled for the week after next and I understand that the weather is scheduled to turn wintry that week - sod's law I suppose. My son and daughter in law live there and as my daughter in law is in poor health I am quite worried. Various friends have offered electric appliances and I too have an electric convector heater they can have, and they also have an open fire in the sitting room and an open staircase to upstairs from that room, so perhaps things will not be so very bad.
I was talking to a lady yesterday who does not have central heating - from choice. She does not care for it being too warm. Each downstairs room has a fire place and she takes a hot water bottle to bed. This time of the year we have our heating on from 6am to 10am and from 4pm to 8pm. In addition we have the Aga going all the time and a woodburner in the living room. We still have an electric blanket which goes on an hour before we get there and if my feet turn cold in the night I have been known to switch it on for a few minutes then!
Are you a cold person or can you manage with less heat in the winter? I am sure I have got worse as I have aged - perhaps my blood is thinner.
Although the temperature here (according to the car dashboard) today was nine degrees at lunch time, because it is dull and damp with a sharpish wind blowing, it seemed cold to me. I suppose that proves that it is all in the mind. A bit more leaping about would probably warm me up - but you can rest assured that my leaping about days are well and truly over (if they ever began).