Good morning all!
It’s another chilly and foggy day, but I’m not going anywhere so can stay snug and cosy indoors.
We’ve done two washloads and Hubby has just taken it up to the launderette. After posting this I shall do a bit of housework, then settle down to finish off making my Christmas cards.
I checked the meters today and we are 25% up on our gas usage from last week.
Our electricity is stable at 3 to 4 Kwh a day depending on how much I use the cooker, and our water consumption is just over 1 cubic metre for the week which is normal.
Gas obviously fluctuates depending on the season, and this will be our most expensive quarter. Some might say because of Covid we are home more, but being retired, there isn’t a lot of difference in our day to day routine. It has been really cold lately though, and over the weekend, the heating was kicking in on and off all through the night. We’ve had it on boost a couple of times too when we’ve done some smalls washing and got it dry on the rads indoors. However, we put it on boost one day then went out for a walk for over two hours and forgot to adjust it! Oops, and that’s what’s knocked it up. I’m not worried, and refuse to be cold to save a few pence.
In the cottage, we had no gas in the village at all, so our heating was oil fired. We also had a log burner in the lounge which made the property very cosy. There’s nowhere to put one here, but the insulation is excellent so once the house gets warm, it stays that way for hours.
Friends used to laugh at me reading our electricity meter every day. As a result, I could account for every extra kwh used………. showers took 1, cooking took 1 and using the washing machine took 1, so our usage was normally 3 kwh a day, with the occasional rise. Out of curiosity an acquaintance decided to check out his usage too. He had a shock as it was 28 kwh a day. Mind you, he did have a young family so the washing machine and dryer were in use every day as was the dishwasher, they owned a very large four bedroomed property with TVs in practically every room, all of which were usually left on standby.
All in all though, we are on budget with everything, so I am well pleased. Even the phone bill has come in under budget this month.