Have you switched the heating on? 14 October voted most popular day to turn on the heating

13 October 2017

As winter approaches and the dark evenings draw in, many households are reaching for the thermostat to keep the cold at bay.

Research conducted by price comparison website MoneySuperMarket found that consumers in many UK towns and cities have already switched the heating on for winter.

Belfast and Oxford were the two cities to turn up the temperature, with the average home in both cities doing so on 7 October.

Yet the hardy souls in Plymouth still have almost a month to wait before they switch on the radiators. The average consumer in Plymouth braves the cold until 11 November, later than anywhere else in the UK.

Households in Bristol and Southampton were close behind, with both cities holding out until 10 November.

Across the whole country the average day to switch on heaters was 14 October.

Three-quarters of people say they try and delay this day by wearing extra layers when in the house, while 49% turn to electric blankets and hot water bottles in order to stay warm.

‘Switching to a competitive deal could save you £250 per year’

Stephen Murray, energy expert at MoneySuperMarket, says many consumers can also cut their bills by switching their energy supplier.

“Instead of putting on extra layers and turning to electric blankets or hot water bottles, a simple switch to a competitive, fixed-rate deal via a price comparison site could save you £250 per year, and make pushing up your thermostat a lot less scary.”

You can compare gas and electricity prices using Moneywise’s energy tool. Also read the Moneywise guide to saving £700 a year on home appliances to find out more ways to save on your bills.

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