Hmmm. Living out in the sticks we don't get access to gas, and therefore cannot benefit from the dual fuel discounts that are offered by many energy companies. This makes my blood boil, which does help me to keep warm.
We are not centrally heated... I know when some people walk into our home they think it's cold. It's going to be. It's old and has poor energy efficiency. There are a lot of drafts and thick solid walls.
Her and Him Next Door live in the extension built with modern insulating materials and know how. They do have oil central heating, but this winter are being more economical (they previously kept it turned up high to keep Gran warm and snug). We all now put on that extra jumper instead.
Last time we filled up with oil (2489 litres which services both homes) it cost us an eye watering £1358.73. This lasts for approximately six months.
Our family also heats water and cooks with oil. To compensate for not having the benefit of central heating we increase the Rayburn temperature to keep the core of the house warmer, especially on those very bitter days.
|The oil guzzling monster.|
Hopefully our solar panels will also help reduce the hefty electricity bill, which has been approximately £2,200.00 per annum - again for both properties.
|The ever watchful radiator...|
|Our trusty wood burner, with resident Ecofan on top.|
One benefit of our heating 'system' is we'd be fine in a power cut. Them Next Door would soon be rushing round with their tails between their legs. Our Rayburn can run without electricity and their fancy pants one cannot - so we'd have some warmth, be able to cook and have gallons of very hot water. And of course the wood stove would carry on as before.