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Currently working from home. I set my alarm to go off in time for me to boil enough hot water on cheap rate to fill two 1l flasks. This does me and OH enough hot water for coffee all morning. During the pm E7 session I boil another couple of flasks for hot water to cook with later and for a hot water bottle.
My storage heaters devour electric, so I have them to come on for the 4 hour overnight E7 session if needed. I have a logburning stove which heats the hot water tank so I have stopped using the immersion heater when the stove is lit. I've also got a stovetop kettle which is fine for coffee and washing up water. I try to have showers during cheap rate, not always possible so I've started having stand in bath with jugs of hot water wash.
I am sat at my desk most of the day so try and move at least once an hour! And go out for a walk at lunchtime. I have thick tops to wear and woolly hats and blankets. Many layers! I usually use the oven and a steamer to cook our evening meal. We can't cook on the cheap rate as we're both still working. OH doesn't eat chillis / pasta sauces for batch cooking and heating up.
I'm so fed up of living like this. I work full time on a reasonable wage and struggle, so it's disgusting that people with less income are having to freeze and choose between food and heat.
With cooking, if you fill a pot with boiling water and then put pasta or rice in, put the lid on and bring back to the boil, you can then turn the hob off and leave for 15 - 20 minutes and it will cook.
Don't leave things on overnight to charge - once they are full your charger will still use power. If you plug it in to charge in the evening and turn it off before bed you'll bee good to go.
Always turn switches off at the wall when not in use. Appliances can still use power when not active.
Make a big pot of tea in the morning (or coffee etc) and fill flask with it. With a good flask it should stay hot all day while you have lots of cups of tea to hand. Don't put milk in the flask and it doesn't affect the taste too much.
Check the temperature in your fridge. The higher the number on the dial, the more energy it is using.
Open the fridge and freezer as little as possible. It has to burn more energy to cool again everytime you open the door and let heat in.
Keep your fridge and freezer full. If you don't have food to fill them then fill old milk cartons with water and put them in. The fuller they are the less energy needed to cool them, and the less energy lost when they are opened.
Wash your clothes less. They only need washed of they are physically dirty or smell. Other than socks and undies, most clothes can be reworn quite a few times.
Consider showering less. If you shower everyday, could you have a sink wash every other day instead?
If you work from home you could try working from your local library on days you don't have meetings or calls.
An extra quilt on your bed, and a hot water bottle of its very chilly mean you shouldn't nerd any heating or electric blankets on at night.
Eta: sitting in my snug library with the doors closed certainly makes me feel snug. There's only one of me so heating the rest of the house feels wasteful.
So much to read, so little time.
So much to read, so little time.