And this led to more than eight million households turning the heating on, with an estimated 4.6m families also considering it, according to a survey by [an] energy price comparison site.
Heat or eat and pay the bills is part and parcel of UK life but the joke called global warming getting the blame is always a bit wane and tired.
What is important is the cost of that energy.
We’re called “Rip Off Britain” for good reason and that reason is pure 101% greed of the utility companies. The latest being British Gas (UK owners Centrica) which stunned the UK with price rises equating to 12.5% rise for their electricity customers.
Eat or heat eh?
I write that as 6 million of the poorest will be thinking very hard about priority this coming winter which starts officially from December to March but starts to chill down from October.
We’re going back into a house. Energy costs are therefore worrying.
As such we’ll be building in multiple heating sources that will run on multiple fuels.
Thus an oil furnace, multi-fuel stove, and a couple of propane cylinders is in the thinking.
As for the rest?
A question mark still exists on fitting solar panels plus charger and batteries, but low power lighting and everything else will be running on 12 volts. Unfortunately we’ll have the world’s biggest energy thief a fridge and it’s buddy a freezer. Both 24/7 energy gobblers!
As for keeping clean? No, not us, but the dreaded washing machine.
I loath those things. Sometimes thinking it’s better to hand wash than waste water and energy. 12 gallons of water upwards per wash, cold water fill and heating as standard that, despite us having stored hot water, always makes the electricity meter clock round insanely.
Despite the experts saying it uses between a half and one kilowatt/hour of power, that still adds up over the year. As for drying? Got to love clothes lines and fresh air. As for anything else, if all else fails there is always the laundromat. At least you pay as you go!
So, roll on winter and maybe SNOW!
I learned a lot from other boaters about the cool places to store degradable food stuff and a metal tin outside under a snow blanket keeps food as chilled as a domestic fridge.
As for the freezer?
We seldom live in -20 Celsius so I suppose that will keep on chugging away eating electricity (darn it). Unless I can source a propane powered freezer (SWMBO to note).
We kept our cottage of old at a minimum of 15 Celsius (60 F) during the winter.
This flies in the face of official advise of 20 Celsius (68 F).
But it is what you get used to and we’re not adverse to cuddling up on the settee beneath a fluffy blanket when watching a DVD (or ten). The stove flickering quietly away on the corner.
To some, our home comes across as a bit strange.
We don’t close doors ANYWHERE as we try to keep an equal temperature around the home as it is better doing that than risking condensation in colder areas.
Is it more expensive doing that? Probably BUT curing damp and the associated mold is even more expensive and unhealthy. Thus we loved our multi-fuel stove as its constant heat and air exchange was WAY MORE healthy than central heating.