The wind these last few days (not of the bean variety), has been bone chillingly cold. We have been for two very quick walks and got a headache on both occasions. Just nipped out into the garden to do some cutting down of dead stuff – didn't stay out long. My hands got so cold I was in danger of snipping off a finger!
indoors, I decided to sit down and work out the the cost of our
utilities for the winter period.
last topped up with oil in July 2012, filling the tank but only 600
litres was required to do so (1000 litre tank). Quite a few villages in Norfolk do not have access to mains gas and oil is very expensive. We paid 50p per litre to fill up. 2 months later it was 78p and then 85p. Two tonnes of logs were purchased a few months
later and as we still had a few fires worth left over from last year.
we pay £20 per month for electricity which will go up due to the
introduction of a standing charge.
in all, that works out at £71 per month for all utilities during the
winter time (usually November to April for us, but it does move a
little either way). That means those 6 months will cost us £423 in
total. I know others can do it cheaper still but that is as low as we can get it.
of ours filled up their oil tank at the same time but they have just
ordered another 500 litres (65p per litre). Like us, they have tried to watch their
overall usage. So what is the difference as we both have log burners?
like to keep the rest of their house warm all day at around 15
Celsius whereas we only put our heating on for quick bursts of around
10 minutes or so and then usually no more than 4 or 5 times a day.
Other than that, the oil heats up our water for baths 3 times a week
and the heating and hot water is on for just 40 minutes per day first thing in the morning, still on cheap overnight rate. The wood burner is usually lit around 4pm but if we get really cold, we warm up bean bags in the microwave and carry those around with us.
On bath nights,
the bathroom can be cold, but we just rush from there to the lounge
and the wonderful heat of the log burner – a matter of steps.
our clothes sit on the radiator in the bedroom and are still warm
when we get up. At night time we hang our jim jams safely near the wood
burner to warm through and get undressed in front of it – bliss.
Most clothes dry on airers in the front room overnight or over two nights. We usually tumble dry towels and duvet covers as they are either too hard dried on the airer or take too long and can smell musty.
are lucky that we have what used to be called Economy 7 on our meter.
Overnight use includes those 40 minutes every day but not top up
bursts or bath water - we don't have a shower. It also includes the odd time we tumble dry overnight.
Our night time bill is far cheaper than the day time units and on
average, the split is about 3/4 night time use.