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1hr a day for heating sounds extremely optimistic to me, when it gets colder - October has been mild. Though if your log burner really does the job so none of you get uncomfortably cold, great!
October electric 106 kwh - one fridge freezer, one freezer, no dishwasher, no tv, one laptop which I switch off and on during day when it's charged and switch off at night, washing machine 3 times a week, tumble dryer very occasionally, iron very occasionally, toaster 6 times a week but it's a minute, nothing on standby, kettle couple of times a day
October gas 841 kwh - GCH, hot water and all cooking
I am in the NE of Scotland so have not had the mild October weather being enjoyed elsewhere
I just found out I can get hourly data not just daily
Main gas useage is between 6am and 8am, the average outside temperature when I got up at 6am has been 8.8 degrees in October
From tomorrow I am going back to bed until 8am with a hot water bottle, my coffee and my laptop
I already go to bed early plus the front of the house gets afternoon sun (if there is any)
Live alone and semi retired, go to office once a week
Will be interesting to see what difference going back to bed makes for November numbers although of course it will also get colder
Lovely and cosy last night, a bit hot at 25 degrees! No more logs then and it cools down gradually to bedtime.
We are always on the lookout for bits of wood locally, people having work done, skips, people getting rid of pallets etc. Makes great kindling and I love chopping it up with my axe! Never had to buy it. Even picked up old dried bits of kindling from the woods whilst walking the dogs.
Nights are a little colder now so I put the heating on when it gets dark and only really heat the lounge. I have 4 small rads, two in the hall are on TRV's set to 2, one small in the downstairs toilet and a bathroom towel rail to get towels dry which are just open on the circuit so they warm while the lounge warms. I've just done my working estimate for the month and Im at around 40kwh a day gas and now back up to averaging 10kwh electric. Not too happy about that. Works out at £190 a month after government rebate. Ive got £500 in credit on the account and another £1100 stashed away in the offset for heating so will be ok.
I've not used the oven in months. I tend to use the slow cooker on low a lot and a little cooking on the gas hob. Daughter has incontinence problems so afraid that's a lot of washing and some items my wife insists on using the tumble drier for (towels, underwear etc)
My biggest problem is my radiators in most of the house are largely older style either none convection or double none convecting, I put a big double convector in when we did the kitchen and that heats the room fast, but the lounge and bedrooms still have old style and take too long to heat up meaning the boiler is firing longer than I'd like. I like big rads for low flow temperature use. Trouble is they're not standard sizes so I can't quickly swap them out without having a plumber to change the pipework. Was quoted £450 to change the lounge one. The rad itself can be had for £200. ho hum :-(