TELL US: When Do You Turn On Your Heat?

The first frost is coming. But do you have a tradition of holding off your heat until a specific date?

Brrr. If you're like me, you like to save money wherever you can and that includes heating costs. 

This year, I'm doing my best to save on heating costs by wrapping up under nearly every blanket in the house. I'm hoping to not turn on the heat until well after Halloween this year, but it's getting chilly!

What about you? When do you turn on the heat? Tell us in our comments section!

Joe Veno October 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM
That's an easy one............When it gets cold.
Franklin Tucker (Editor) October 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM
I told them that was going to be the answer. Come on!
Stefanie Cloutier October 13, 2012 at 12:30 PM
We usually hold out until at least Oct. 15, though our goal is for later! Unfortunately, the children are loudly protesting, so we may have to cave and go earlier...
Lisa Herman October 13, 2012 at 01:25 PM
November 1
Carrie October 13, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I have found that if I don't turn on the heat when I'm cold I'll get sick instead and then I have to pay the doctor and/or pay for a whole lot of cold medications. It's easier and cheaper to turn on the heat.
Regina Daley October 13, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I’m with you Sandy, don’t want to turn the heat on until at least November. I have blankets and throws conveniently placed all around the house; put an extra heavy blanket over my comforter; and wear a warm and plush long bathrobe if I need to. National Grid will have to wait.
Wolfgang Floitgraf October 13, 2012 at 02:20 PM
It's not a question of when to turn it on. My system turns itself on, based on the outside temperature and the programming in the control box. And because it is super efficient gas with five sensors, it can cut the chill in the house for pennies a day on a very gentle gradient. ON or OFF is yesterday's method. Only in January/February I start using the wood stove that really puts out the big heat.
x October 13, 2012 at 02:23 PM
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Adrian Turner October 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I started my wood stove yesterday .Have used 100 gal of oil since Sept. 2011
Nelly Bly October 13, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Beth Dow October 13, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Used the wood stove and a space heater in the bed room. I love having a woodstove and a cousin that is a tree guy.
Rich Lyons October 13, 2012 at 06:18 PM
We wait for the first sub freezing day in November.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) October 13, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I turned on my heat last night: no tolerance for cold in this house...
David England October 14, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I wait until National Grid reads the meter in October; then I turn on the gas. That way I get another month of just 0-1 therms used and a minimum monthly bill. Until then, I toss a few logs in the woodstove and get really toasty
Earnhardt October 14, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Just fired up the Pellet stove last night for the first time. As for the actual heat, I used it one morning to take the chill out. Otherwise the only time it will run all winter is for hot water. Only used 300 gallons of oil in the last two years. But to answer the question. back before the pellet stove it was usually around the last week of October.
Leisha Marcoccio October 14, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Last night when the temperatures went sub-freezing! I live in an older, poorly insulated house...
Walt Cassell October 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Just moved up here from Alabama. got the heat on already!
Walt Cassell October 15, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Hey Earnhardt.. Senior or Junior? I'm a senior man myself! Glad to see a fellow fan up here!
Earnhardt October 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Hey Walt. Welcome to Woburn. Senior all the way, Junior needs to grow up. Then maybe he will win some races. Anyways, Oil heat or Gas? Won't be needing it much this week! I have a reliable Oil company if you need one.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ October 16, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I keep the heat on whenever I'm cold. we cozy over here.
Barbara Blais October 16, 2012 at 01:00 AM
It'll have to be really cold before I turn on my heat. Am an open water swimmer so am used to putting up with a little chilly atmosphere. Plus, don't like paying National Grid for something I don't really need yet. Wrapping up does just fine. Don't have to always be seeking an easy comfort level.


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