Not sure if its really scrmp and save, we had a mention a few pages back of picking up drift wood for the fire and someone else said about burning pallets. Anyway a week before Christmas a farmer buddy who owes me a favour dropped off a load of logs which he had cut over a year ago and they were dry as toast. I also got my hands on two pallets free gratis.
Bottom line combined with the house insulation I put in about 18 months ago, plus my two inset stoves/fireplaces and a bag of singles coal we have had a beautiful warm house all over Christmas, the gas heating does go on for maybe an hour at night upstairs and half an hour in the morning but nothing during the day. I know that most of this is just me being lucky with the weather as well and being more prepared timber and coal wise but I can now look forward to my gas bill with out ending up as a gibbering wreck on the floor
A similar thing here. Last year the neighbours got professional tree fellers, not three fellas, in to chop their pine trees down. I've been burning that all winter. Yesterday I bought my first two bags of coal since last Jan. Your right about the gas bill. Last year it was horrible