Today is Wednesday 25th August

Painting today. Not looking forward to it, but once it’s done, it’s done.
Repairs in the plaster have dried out beautifully so now it’s a case of taking everything off the walls, dusting away the cobwebs, moving furniture so that we can get to said walls, and masking up coving and skirting. Then away we go.  Hopefully it will go well.

Our meters have been read and all is good there. I’m running a parallel sheet with the new tariff to see what the weekly effects of the increases will be when they come into force.
Reports in the media are announcing increases of around 12% and £140 pounds a year on an average bill. You may remember this post a little while ago about finding a new tariff.

The majority of our increase is in the daily charge which is adding £1.50 a week to our bill.
Many of us on tight budgets will be trying to compensate somewhere, but think on this before you enter the winter months. That £1.50 will happen anyway as it is nothing to do with your energy consumption which you can control.
Hubby and I refuse to be cold for the sake of a few pounds. We have a pretty decent fixed tariff for 2 years that comes into effect on October 1st.  Our monthly direct debit is going up £5, but I had already budgeted for four of those.
If you’re interested, our daily service charge has increased by over 50% on electricity and a whopping 70% on gas, but our consumption charges are up 8.25% per Kwh on electric and our gas has reduced by 77p per Kwh, a reduction of around 19% .
It’s all swings and roundabouts I know, but we all like to save money wherever we can.
The energy companies are making their money on services which are a dead cert for them, and whilst I don’t object to paying something for our supply, the increases this year on those are horrendous.

Off to wield a paint roller then.
Have a good day everyone and keep safe.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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17 Responses to Today is Wednesday 25th August

  1. Yes, we are not looking forward to the winter bills. Hopefully, the weather will be kind…

  2. rugby843 says:

    My utility bills stay pretty much the same but noticed my grocery delivery was nearly twice this month with same products!

    • Blimey! We’ve noticed some increase in store prices, and if I think they’re too much, I don’t buy it.
      Our electric consumption is pretty stable at around 3 kwh a day, but gas fluctuates depending on the season. which is why I like a budget plan as my payments stay the same all year and during the summer, I’m building up reserves for the heavier usage months.

  3. What color are you painting your walls? I’m sure it will go swimmingly! And good on you for being so efficient with your money. I truly wish that was a skill that I had! Would have served me well over the years, but it is what it is, right? I’m glad it’s all working out fairly well! 😀

    • Magnolia………… it’s a safe bet and neutral, plus it’s the original colour and as it turned out, we only needed the one coat today. We have wallpaper on one wall which has come up really well…… it’s embossed with large flowers. Glad it’s done now.
      The money thing is habit, but works for us as we know where we stand and have a little cushion for emergencies.

  4. willowdot21 says:

    Have a good evening 😌

  5. murisopsis says:

    The utility companies know you have to have heat so they are greedy!!

  6. Carol anne says:

    thats a steep increase isnt it? Mines gone up too I think! I havent looked at my gas, but the electric definitely went up. Like you, I refuse to be cold in winter!

    • The actual increase in energy isn’t that bad, but they clobber you with the daily service charge. I checked on various websites, and they were all between 20p and 30p per day. It doesn’t sound a lot, but when you were only paying 13p, that’s quite a hike!

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