My flat is electric only. How worried should I be about the price increases?
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We should all be very worried.
If you've not been budgeting or saving, now's the time.
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.
Me too. I'm doing OK but expecting a boost. Going to be wearing more clothes and such. Shutting radiators.
I have a good blanket collection so they'll come in handy haha.
My electric clothing rack 👌🏼
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
Candles cost much more than electricity.
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.
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…
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.
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
I'm old enough to remember the power cuts in the 70s.
Candles. Lots of candles.
Candles and blankets.
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.
Yeah, even my books are on a Kindle now!
Baby boom then I guess!
Yeah I remember blackouts and my parents making a game out of it with me.
I do have some candles but I could pick up a bag of the tea lights.
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
Is that a possibility? The water doesn't work in my flat when the power is off so should I start storing some?
No. Water will be ok. Worst case scenario is they put a stand pipe (tap on pavement connected to mains) in the street
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.
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
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.
I guess the pump that drives it up to the third floor is electrically powered?
Ok I get you. Personally, I would get a few bottles stored in the flat but I'm paranoid.
Interesting. What I've read says that there shouldn't be any electricity outages, but who knows really?
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
How much of our electricity do you think comes from wood?
Drax is wood-fired. It burns biomass pellets.
Lots, they call it something like 'green bio pellets' mostly from north America
At least one.
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