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My flat is electric only. How worried should I be about the price increases?

My flat is electric only. How worried should I be about the price increases?

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mythos_winch

We should all be very worried.


asonicpushforenergy

Shit.


mythos_winch

If you've not been budgeting or saving, now's the time.


asonicpushforenergy

I do budget and save. But I've got a lot less income this year than usual. I'll definitely try to be extra conscious of energy usage this winter, especially with the electric radiators.


mythos_winch

Me too. I'm doing OK but expecting a boost. Going to be wearing more clothes and such. Shutting radiators.


asonicpushforenergy

I have a good blanket collection so they'll come in handy haha.


mythos_winch

My electric clothing rack 👌🏼


Bored-Bored_oh_vojvo

Why?


ignatiusjreillyXM

I lived in the former Soviet Union in the 90s, during the economic collapse. Candles, candles, candles, and man were they shit candles at that. I knew people, wealthy people for there and then, even, who only had running water for two hours a day, too. And hot water was strictly a seasonal thing (but we have individual boilers on the UK, not district heating, so no newspaper headlines to announce the city council have turned on the hot water to mark a national holiday for us). But yeah the price increase is steep


Bored-Bored_oh_vojvo

Candles cost much more than electricity.


BastardsCryinInnit

Perhaps, but they are available and work. There's two issues with the power worries - price and availability. It's probably wise to always have a pack of candles and matches in a cupboard anyway.


muppetonastring

Get extra blankets in, for the sofa not the bed. Practice switching off lights except ones you really need, like if you’re watching TV do you really need the lights on? Sit nearer the heater, don’t ever switch the heater on full (or you’ll get used to it). A few of these things will keep your bills at the same level as before. Hopefully I can actually do it myself…


asonicpushforenergy

I've got a whole basket full of blankets already so should be ok on that front. I don't think lights are really going to make that much difference to cost? LED lights are pretty cheap to run, right? Well, I will be getting a smart meter soon so I'll be able to use the IHD to see the cost. Luckily my big radiator is right behind the sofa so that's one plus.


cookie_monster66

Turn lights off? I’ve switched all my bulbs for LED. Those things are like 5w each not like the 15w fluorescent bulbs they replaced or the old incandescent 60w units. Turning off a 5w bulb will save almost nothing


muppetonastring

Whatever man


killycarthief

I'm old enough to remember the power cuts in the 70s. Candles. Lots of candles. Candles and blankets.


BastardsCryinInnit

And what's different this time is how reliant we are on our leccy powered devices - phones, laptop, tablets etc. Imagine having to power then up to full because you knew there was a scheduled black out coming. It's mad.


asonicpushforenergy

Yeah, even my books are on a Kindle now!


killycarthief

Baby boom then I guess!


londonskater

Yeah I remember blackouts and my parents making a game out of it with me.


asonicpushforenergy

I do have some candles but I could pick up a bag of the tea lights.


the_average_retard

I'm not worried about the price as much as I am worried about the electricity going out. I haven't had a power outage since the early 90s but on Saturday it was out for 6 hours (no warning) if that happens in the winter I'm going to have to start burning furniture to keep warm


writerpf

Is that a possibility? The water doesn't work in my flat when the power is off so should I start storing some?


the_average_retard

No. Water will be ok. Worst case scenario is they put a stand pipe (tap on pavement connected to mains) in the street


writerpf

We had a four hour power cut one winter when it snowed and no water came out of the taps (beyond the small amount in the pipe) until the power came back on. I think it's just my building. Others around had no power but did have water.


the_average_retard

Yes I imagine you are in a taller than average building that uses an electric pump to get the water to the top. Most of us just receive our water under mains pressure


Bored-Bored_oh_vojvo

No.


mrs_shrew

How come the water doesn't work? You should have at least cold water going on. If not, speak to your water supplier as I believe it's against the law to cut off domestic water supply.


writerpf

I guess the pump that drives it up to the third floor is electrically powered?


mrs_shrew

Ok I get you. Personally, I would get a few bottles stored in the flat but I'm paranoid.


asonicpushforenergy

Interesting. What I've read says that there shouldn't be any electricity outages, but who knows really?


the_average_retard

Yea, I'm not expecting the government to brace us for power outages. They will call it isolated incidents. We have aging power stations (nuclear) 1 coal power station. And the rest is powered by foreign imports (wood, gas,oil). And America wants to stop the Russians supplying Europe with gas. This could be a hard winter


Bored-Bored_oh_vojvo

How much of our electricity do you think comes from wood?


_whopper_

Drax is wood-fired. It burns biomass pellets.


the_average_retard

Lots, they call it something like 'green bio pellets' mostly from north America


Grillenium-Falcon

At least one.


Bored-Bored_oh_vojvo

Username checks out.