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  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,291
    @Simone_in_Wiltshire  Reducing the temperature does help a lot.  I usually have the boiler on at 20°C daytime to 10^m and then at 15°C night time but I think I will reduce the daytime temp to 18°C this year.  Better for the environment.

    And yes, I agree.  A fridge/freezer consumes more energy than a computer.
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • FireFire Posts: 18,019
    Yes, I think people who have never lived in cold houses or never had to budget will struggle more. And take being cold as a personal insult.

    Octopus recently post a tip about "lowering your flow", which means setting your boiler's 'flow temperature' between 55 and 60 degrees. Apparently this can save money and gas. I turned mine down a bit, though it was within range. It doesn't seem to have made much difference to the water - all seems fine. 
  • Simone_in_WiltshireSimone_in_Wiltshire Posts: 988
    edited August 2022
    @tui34 I had a long-sleeve t-shirt on, a fleece pullover and a fleece jacket on top. I had bought M&S goodmove fleece jogging trousers which were really warm, Heatholders fleece socks and sheepskin slippers. While working I had a hot-water bottle in my back. 
    The only exception we did was we turned on the heating in the morning and evening for 30 min. when I was in the bathroom and when I went to bed. Over night 2 hot-water bottles kept us warm. 
    I don’t want to describe how bloddy cold it was when I was little and later. In Berlin, I had to wash myself in a bath with 8C. Our kitchen was 4 C over winter. 
    I never thought that I have to through this life again. 
    No, I don’t claim to be tough and I go simply through it. I don’t need 20C but 16 is cold. 

    But what I will never accept is that elderly who always feel colder can’t afford the required 21C at least. They can’t move and keep warm. They deserve better.  

    I my garden.

  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,044
    edited August 2022
    I remember having ice on the insides of the windows in my student digs, 1986 or so. Student accommodation back then wasn't what it is now, they all seem to have modern flats these days. And I remember my mum & dad putting up "double glazing" made of sheets of perspex attached with magnetic strips, probably around mid '70s. Posh, that was :D.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • FireFire Posts: 18,019
    I remember having ice on the insides of the windows in my student digs, 1986 or so.

    I had ice in my first bedsite of my own in the mid 90s. No heating; Two duvets and two hot bots and I was toasty. The unheated bathroom was freezing so I would go to the public swimming pool to shower. But the home was all my own, and I loved it. £40 a week. Lol.

  • LynLyn Posts: 23,047
    Jenny,  cor that was certainly posher than my cling film. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,954
    edited August 2022
    Never had CH until this house. My instinct when I'm cold is to put on a jumper rather than turn up the heating. So long as the bath water was hot, that was good. The trick about getting out into the cold bathroom was to hook out the plug with your foot. Eventually, it was warmer out of the bath than in.
    Cold bedroom. Warm hot water bottle. One of life's simple pleasures.

    Reading back. I've a horrible feeling I've come over as smug. I don't mean to. Having to choose between feeding your children or keeping them warm must be awful. This is a choice that neither I or my parents were forced to make.
    What has happened to our world?  People think their vote doesn't matter. It does. What if nobody had voted for Cameron?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,069
    tui34 said:
    Mine is cut too @Busy-Lizzie to a size of between 50 - 70cm I have an open fire place. Mixture of beech and oak. 
    That is why yours is cheaper, the price goes up when wood is cut shorter than 50cm. They can't just cut the original size of 1m lengths in half. my stove can't take it as long as your fire.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • KiliKili Posts: 1,116
    I have my hot water on a separate circuit to my radiators which is heated by the oil fired boiler. I figured given that on the shower taps the maximum temperature that the mixer will allow out is 38 degrees there was little point in having the water stat set to 60 so I set it down to 48. I of course have a reminder set to reset it to 60 once a month in the unlikely event that any legionnaires should develop at the lower temperatures.

    Its certainly reduced the run time on the boiler to heat the hot water tank and I've got 700 litres left in the tank heading in to autumn so hope to avoid filling until February/March next year.  :D

    'The power of accurate observation .... is commonly called cynicism by those that have not got it.

    George Bernard Shaw'

  • WAMSWAMS Posts: 1,929
    edited August 2022
    Maybe there'll be a deus ex machina, or at least another mild winter.

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