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TELL US: When Do You Turn On Your Heat?

With heating prices on the rise, when's a good time to turn on your heat? Before Columbus Day? After Halloween?

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! 

In fact, the North Shore is under a freeze warning until 9 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures could drop below freezing and even "bring an end to the growing season," according to NWS.

It might even be time to turn up the heat.

When do you turn on the heat? Have you already had it cranking? Tell us in our comments section!

Penne October 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Your kidding Nov 1 . Heat on !! 28 degrees is cold , gonna be 70 in a few days !!!
Bob Gray October 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Had to finally give in last night. We usually try to make it to Nov 1st but we do have a wood stove that helps keep the chill off.
Concerned Mom October 13, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Well, we officially turned our heat on the first day of Autumn -- Sept. 22nd! When it gets cold...it's goes on. No particular date that we wait for. I work hard for my money. If I'm cold, the heat goes on!
bjean October 13, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Last night!
Louis Glynos October 13, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Already on
sue October 13, 2012 at 04:12 PM
It's on.... A couple of times to warm up the house in the morning last week... but last nite i put it on and left it on.
Les Moore October 13, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Raki Will Keep You Warm Too...........
Cyn October 13, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Furnace was checked last Weds and they had to turn it on obviously to check; used that as an excuse to keep it on. Its nice coming down to a warm kitchen in the AM (especially this morning!!)....and when the temp rises, it stays off. I have it programmed to shut back during the times when no one needs it..........;)
john October 13, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Good weather for oven cooking and keeping warm as a result.
bjean October 13, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Wtf is up with your posts @ David Aresenault?
john October 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Already on.
Lucia October 14, 2012 at 11:57 AM
On today to take out the chill is all, usually by Nov 1st for me..
Molly Buccini October 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM
We had a reader from Beverly email in this question: "I am getting ready to buy oil for heat for the very first time. I have been looking around for who provides the best service at the most reasonable prices." Anyone you'd like to suggest?
Royal Rowland October 14, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Two words, pellet stove. $288 a ton free delivery from wolf hill, guilt free heat, I keep my house at 75 without turning on the heat in the early season, later on in the winter I leave the stove on from 4pm to about 8am then turn the heat on just during the warmest part of the day to keep pipes warm. Best investment I ever made. Saved thousands already.
David Arsenault October 14, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Forgot to mention if wasn't for the wood http://o3.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/PATCH/resize/600x450/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/patch/5c3ec824ec6cbaaa2ba810b003322290 We wouldn't had any heat last Season because we and our neighbors lost our furnaces last year. According to the town drainage maps the main reason is because of the 36">12">36" pipe configuration. Creating slow intake http://o3.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/PATCH/resize/600x450/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/patch/c0a27625468f8b5ae94f12ddbd39b1aa I asked if this could be fixed before winter and was told, "It would be prudent to wait" For what, http://swampscott.patch.com/listings/n-granese-sons Could have this done before next spring or maybe before Dec. Imagine this hood getting hit again in Nov or during the colder winter months. So the Solution for now is to wait for the next one and burn your fuel before it's flooded away.... http://www.google.com/imgres?q=floating+oil+tank+in+basement&hl=en&biw=1366&bih=620&tbm=isch&tbnid=KqsLwACO7EfMoM:&imgrefurl=http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/91208/&docid=BQJ-7PsKSYDIZM&imgurl=http://www.vpr.net/uploads/photos/original/tanks_340.jpg&w=340&h=255&ei=g8N6UNneD6Tr0QHz64C4Cg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=133&vpy=117&dur=793&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=122&ty=67&sig=101185225697014864831&page=3&tbnh=141&tbnw=209&start=47&ndsp=25&ved=1t:429,r:46,s:20,i:269
skeeta October 14, 2012 at 04:54 PM
No particular date. I turn it on when I'm cold. It has been on since October 9th.
dave October 14, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I try to wait until Nov.1 but had to turn on the kitchen zone to keep the dog warm at night
Carol A Minghella October 14, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I live in an apartment building so the heat has to be turned on by Oct 15 by law.
Jessie Paiva October 14, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I try to wait as long as I can. I don't mind multiple sweaters and warm socks. Actually, my thermostat is broken so that's my excuse to leave the heat off, all year if I can. Also, baking, as someone mentioned, is a great way to heat the house.
Jeff F. October 14, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Heat was on earlier this week....never goes over 63 degrees though....
Joe Whipple October 15, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I leave the thermostat at 70 all summer. Of course it doesn't have to do much during the summer, but when there's a cold snap, I'm comfortable.
T Rex October 15, 2012 at 04:15 AM
What I paid for heating oil under the Obama Administration 03/03/2009 1.899 05/30/2009 1.899 11/10/2009 2.399 01/12/2010 2.599 03/16/2010 2.549 10/05/2010 2.449 12/15/2010 2.799 01/27/2011 3.099 03/23/2011 3.499 11/08/2011 3.499 01/10/2012 3.549 03/07/2012 3.749 10/13/2012 3.549
Saber Walsh October 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I hate to say this, but we converted over to Natural Gas years ago and have not regretted it one minute. If your reader is okay using a simple spreadsheet, have him/her get an estimate for how much three years of oil heat will cost with existing setup, and how much gas would cost (including the rebates that are available). I miss the smell of oil heat (grew up with it), but we escaped some horrible heating bills doing this.
Saber Walsh October 15, 2012 at 12:14 PM
A great aunt once said that, if you keep your house at 70 degrees, you will never get pneumonia. That's rubbish from a scientific/medical perspective... but she never got pneumonia and is still alive at 95, so it's either that or the shot of whiskey at bedtime that is the secret to a long life!
john October 15, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Buy the cheapest you can find.It's all the same oil.Check the local classifieds
Michael Quinlan October 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Obama has given you incentive to lower your carbon footprint. Wait 'til you see what 'clean energy' mandates will do to you electricity rates over the next few years!
Anne October 15, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Check this web site for local oil prices; http://www.newenglandoil.com/mass.htm
David Moisan October 17, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I live in a concrete apartment complex that holds heat. Usually, I turn on the heat in early November and turn it off in April. Except for that June we had a few years ago that brought us temps in the upper 40's off the water. :)
David Arsenault October 24, 2012 at 11:14 PM
After http://swampscott.patch.com/articles/now-a-hurricane-sandy-still-a-threat-to-boston-e0ffd54c NO HEAT for the winter.
Elise Stephens February 13, 2013 at 07:54 PM
If my thermostat says it's 60 degrees or lower and wearing comfortable layers (tank/shirt, under lightweight sweater/sweatshirt) and socks doesn't make me happy the heat goes on to a lovely 66 degrees. thanks to the nordic blood in my household!

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