In previous homes we didn’t put the heating on even when it was minus 17 outside but if you go without heating here then the flat doesn’t get a chance to dry out and thanks to Manchester’s famous rain – it really does need drying out. Basement flats get wet and mouldy…fast.
This is especially useful for us because Mr Thrifty leaves for work really early and some days I’m out the door to meetings across the city meaning I either have to leave the heating on all day for the flat to get dried out or not put it on at all and suffer the mouldy consequences. This way I can give it a quick blast of warmth and turn it off whilst I’m out on the go. Or we can figure out when we’re in or out during the week and set the heating via an online timetable to come on at different times on different days. It’s like dark arts without getting Snape all frowny.