Global Warming eh!

The UK has faced wet and miserable conditions over recent weeks with temperatures falling as low as 2C in North West Scotland on Sunday night. June was the sixth wettest on record, according to the Met Office, while July was the 24th wettest since 1910.

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.

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3 Responses to Global Warming eh!

  1. Back to meter watching and calculating costs. Who needs a smart meter when you’ve got SWMBO.

  2. gamegetterII says:

    Fortunately for me, I installed two woodburning stoves in the house. Part of the house only has wood heat as it’s an addition and the heating ducts were not installed correctly, so I just closed them off to stop wasting gas.
    The main part of the house- including the second floor can be heated with woodburner that’s in living room.
    Except for the basement, so I have to run the gas furnace at least part of the day and night so water pipes don’t freeze and burst.
    I’ ve already got almost enough firewood for the winter. A nice mix of oak, maple, ash, and pine. People are afraid to burn pine around here- as long as it is thoroughly seasoned it burns just fine and doesn’t leave any more deposits in chimney than hardwoods.
    I didn’t pay for any of the wood- actually got paid to cut most of the trees down and haul the logs away.

    • In winter we used to go through two cords of wood. That generally filled the garage. Add the wood I’d scavenged through the year sat drying out on the other side? I guess that is why I had a rusty car!
      Generally I’ll burn almost anything provided it’s not chemically treated or painted and is dry. We were never too bothered about tar and soot build up as we installed twin wall 5 inch and we always fit a couple of rodding points.
      The pipe gets a hot brush down it 4 times a year.

      In 5 years the worst wood was beech.
      I got gifted a whole tree once.
      The local gov guys even cut it into 2 foot lengths for me. It dried well but was all heat, no distance, so we went through twice as much in half the time.

      If I was to choose a wood, it would be APPLE. Slow burning, smells lovely.

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