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Communal heating

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Hello I moved into a place which has communal heating 

I notice it’s using a lot of electric around 2kwhz a hour. I just don’t understand as I pay a heating and hot water charge for my place 

I noticed the water heater I turned it off and the meter slowed down 

how do this system work do I need the hot water tank on all day as I have two switches one says 

hot water / heating 
the other says hot water tank

whqy one do I use 
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  • diystarter7diystarter7 Forumite
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    Hi OP
    What des the lease state re communal heating?
     Before you spend, remember the MSE Money Mantras. Ask yourself, do I need it? Can I afford it? If the answer is no to any of those questions, DON’T buy it.  (Quote from MSE  15/11/22)


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  • Chrisw030290Chrisw030290 Forumite
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    It’s says hot water and heating 
  • Chrisw030290Chrisw030290 Forumite
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    But we have two switches on the wall one says 

    water heater the other says Hot water/heating 

    I’ve turned off the water heater and the electric meter has slowed down a lot 
  • MikeJXEMikeJXE Forumite
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    Sounds like water heater might be an immersion heater, do you have a hot water system/tank ? 
  • Chrisw030290Chrisw030290 Forumite
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    Yes but shouldn’t the hot water come from the boilers same as the heating 
  • MikeJXEMikeJXE Forumite
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    Yes but the 2 switches give you a choice for whatever reason, to get hot water on communal I doubt it's coming from a combi boiler so, if the hot water source is low or in constant use you might be able to m heat your own by immersion heater thats why I asked if you had a tank
  • Chrisw030290Chrisw030290 Forumite
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    Yes I have a tank on the heating control it has two buttons 

    heating and HW 

    than we have a switch for water meter 


  • diystarter7diystarter7 Forumite
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    This is the bottom line as we do not know the set-up/agreement in your block. All agreements/setups vary and you need to look at your lease/agreement to see what you get for the money you pay and what is charged for the heating/lighting/management of comm areas.
     Before you spend, remember the MSE Money Mantras. Ask yourself, do I need it? Can I afford it? If the answer is no to any of those questions, DON’T buy it.  (Quote from MSE  15/11/22)


    Politeness & courtesy are one of the few things in life that are free. Please remember that when posting/etc otherwise I may ignore the unpolite and unconstructive comments. Many thanks.
  • MikeJXEMikeJXE Forumite
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    Does the tank have an electrical feed to it, if yes that could be an immersion heater. If you have switched that off it will go cold 
  • Chrisw030290Chrisw030290 Forumite
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    It says on tennacy Heating charge but we were told on viewing it includes hot water I spoke to a neighbour and they said the hot water comes from the roof 
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