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    • WayneHarris
    • By WayneHarris 10th Sep 17, 10:14 PM
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    Need advice on immersion switch, on or off and other "how to use"
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    • 10th Sep 17, 10:14 PM
    Need advice on immersion switch, on or off and other "how to use" 10th Sep 17 at 10:14 PM
    Hi everybody

    Please forgive my stupidity lol!
    I have moved into my new flat (it's a Bovis home) about 10 years old
    It has gas central heating and a hot water tank, do I neeed to leave the immersion switch on 24/7?
    I don't use much hot water as I have ice cold showers twice a day, only need hot water for washing my hands during the day and I do use a little with my showering switching from cold to hot

    Trying to think of the best way to be frugal

    I currently have my timer for hot water to come on 3 times a day for an hour a time, but I've turnt the immersion switch off

    Not really sure what is the right thing to do?

    If anyone can explain how all this works and best way to use everything

    Currently got heating on for the 1st time this year
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    • EachPenny
    • By EachPenny 10th Sep 17, 10:22 PM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 10:22 PM
    Two questions:
    1) Does (or can) the gas boiler also heat the hot water cylinder, or does it just do the central heating?

    2) Do you have an Economy7 electricity meter/supply?

    If the answer to 1 is 'yes', and 'no' to 2, then keep the immersion heater switched off.

    Any other combination of answers then the situation gets more complicated!
    "In the future, everyone will be rich for 15 minutes"
    • WayneHarris
    • By WayneHarris 10th Sep 17, 10:35 PM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 10:35 PM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 10:35 PM
    Two questions:
    1) Does (or can) the gas boiler also heat the hot water cylinder, or does it just do the central heating?

    2) Do you have an Economy7 electricity meter/supply?

    If the answer to 1 is 'yes', and 'no' to 2, then keep the immersion heater switched off.

    Any other combination of answers then the situation gets more complicated!
    Originally posted by EachPenny

    Hi there

    I don't have economy 7, I know that the boiler in the kitchen comes on is on now while my central heating is on, I have the immersion switch set to OFF next to the water tank in the hall cupboard, and have had it like this for over a week, yet when the timer kicks in for the water to come on, I do get hot water
    • AndyPK
    • By AndyPK 10th Sep 17, 10:42 PM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 10:42 PM
    Off.

    Immersion is for backup in your case
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 10th Sep 17, 10:46 PM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 10:46 PM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 10:46 PM
    Is the water timer the same timer as for the central heating? That means your boiler does the hot water too and the immersion should be OFF.

    The immersion is there only as a backup so you can still get hot water if the boiler fails.
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    • WayneHarris
    • By WayneHarris 10th Sep 17, 10:55 PM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 10:55 PM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 10:55 PM
    Is the water timer the same timer as for the central heating? That means your boiler does the hot water too and the immersion should be OFF.

    The immersion is there only as a backup so you can still get hot water if the boiler fails.
    Originally posted by Owain Moneysaver

    Yes, the timer controls my central heating and hot water
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