In prior years, in our 2001-built modern detached house in Arborfield, we had the thermostat generally set to 20C, and during the winter months had the heating on from 0600-0830 and 1700-2230. Thought nothing more of it.
Fast forward to this year, we have moved to a larger house in March (also detached) that is 100 years old at the front but with a two-storey extension on the back that's 15 years old. Since we exchanged contracts, Putin invaded Ukraine, energy prices went stupid, my variable rate mortgage has soared, I got a 1.5% pay rise with 11% inflation (so nearly a 10% real-terms pay cut), and to cap it all this week my wife's lost her job.
So we now have an energy meter display so we can see how much we're using at any time. We've been trying to just have the heating on for half an hour in the morning, maybe half an hour in the evening, and otherwise relying on the log burner in the lounge and hot water bottles. With this cold weather this week, we've had to have more heating.
In general in the morning, the house is 12C. Some parts have managed to hit 15C at times but then goes down. Despite that, yesterday we spent £10 on gas. I'm currently wearing 3 jumpers, shirt, t-shirt, ski base-layer under my trousers and a blanket around my legs.
I'm regretting the house move, as lovely as this house is (in the summer months)!