Let’s talk about our neighbors across the pond for a moment. There’s a couple in England who, over the last 10 years, have saved an incredible £15,000; that’s over $19,000! Their trick? It has to do with their heating practices…mainly that they haven’t used their heat in the past 10 years.
That’s right; this couple has gone 10 years without turning on the heat in their home once. Instead, they opt to dress in (many) layers and even resort to using hot water bottles to keep themselves warm during the extra chilly times.
Because they’ve been doing it for so long, “it feels uncomfortable when I’m in other people’s houses now. It’s too warm for me,” Joanne Bell says. Her and her husband Jim used to spend around £1,500 every year in heating costs. An unexpected upside of their discontinuation of heat: neither one of them have gotten sick in the past decade without heat.
The Bells used some of their newfound wealth to attend Neil Young and Bob Dylan concerts, something they would never have had the chance to do before. Not all of us are up for the challenge of living our lives without heat, but depending how much money you’ll save…would it be worth it?