Its a cold but sunny day today. Blue skies and fluffy little clouds scudding across at high speed. The temperature is around 4 celsius (and not expected to rise much more) but feels a lot colder in the very brisk wind which is set to increase in speed as the week progresses.
I've been wondering 'officially' just how many logs we burn each day. The burner is not lit until about 3pm, we put the last log on around 8.30pm and it burns itself out overnight. Although we used 7 yesterday, some of it was heart wood which is hard to keep going and we had to have the air flow increased as it kept wanting to go out.
Those of you who know me, know I just love data. So I've decided to keep an eye on what we use so when the next load is delivered, we can assess how many months it will last. We have just finished the last of a batch we bought two years ago which has been in use from late October until yesterday. That delivery lasted well but we would normally have the heating on during the day before lighting the burner early evening.
This year, until the full impact of winter is felt, we are trying to not continually use our central heating. We are trialling using the burner only - except sometimes first thing in the morning if we have had a frost overnight. It depends how warm the room is where the wood burner lives. The temperature in there falls gradually overnight but most mornings it is, on average, around 16 to 18 celsius. With both of us being at home now, we spend most of our time in the front room, keeping the door shut or else cooking in the kitchen.
The cost of oil has risen dramatically over the last 2 or 3 years, electric is rising also – 6p per unit total rise this year. Even though we are cutting down our electricity consumption (central heating pump etc), our bills are still rising.
The heating will of course be on when guests stay over the New Year, can't have cold guests.
Are you still managing not to have your heating on all the time yet?