Julysea wrote:Wow, that's great, can I ask how many of you there are in the household and the size of house? Any tips for how you cut down your usage? That must be way below average!
My own usages are:
gas: between 10 (summer) & 40 (winter) kWh per day
elec: between 3.5 (summer) & 5.0 (winter) kWh per day
water: around 48 cubic metres per 6 month period.
And just for info, there are 4 of us, in a 1920s mid-terraced house, with gas central heating on a modern condensing boiler and all-gas cooking. No dish-washer or tumble dryer.
all my lightbulbs are energy saving, i do my washing overnight ( as its cheaper and the washer isnt that noisy) i also negotiated with southern electric for a really good tarif ( always worth a try)
i use an energy monitor and do all the things youd expect, switch stuff off etc.
i dont have a tumble dryer or a dishwasher. i cook in bulk, ie ill make a large pot of casserole eat some, freeze some as reheating with a microwave is a lot cheaper. or if im roasting a chicken etc, ill bake in it at the same time/straight after.
simple things really, use lids on pans to help things cook quicker. i also use a steamer for some meals, boil the spuds at the bottom, veg on next level and a bit of fish at the top one meal cooked v quickly and cheaply.
i boil the kettle with jsut the right amount of water, keep the fridge full helps it run more efficently. i use the surplus freezer blocks and stick them in the fridge at the back ( i have enough to have one lot in the freezer for use then when i use them stick the others straight in)
heating goes off at 7 when the little one goes to bed ( i have new insulation and it rarely goes below 15 in the winter upstairs) i dont turn it on till about 5 pm and then its on low. im also accoustomed to around 15-18 degrees rather than the 20 + everyone else seems to enjoy!
curtains lined with thermal lining, draught excluders putting a jumper on first etc.
theres 3 of us here 5 days a week. in 1940s ish semi. thankfully south facing so we get the brick at the side of the house warmed up during the day :) it can be a nightmare mid summer but thats what windows are for!
probably seems a bit mad, but when you start doing the little things they eventually become habit then you find other ways of doing things.
like cooking on the fire outside rather than the cooker when your burning garden waste. or getting a bit of hose to drain the water from the bath tub onto the garden instead of down the drain. i dont have the washing machine outlet plumbed in to the drain, it runs into the sink so i can collect the water for reuse looks odd but its the only way at the mo to do it.
hope it helps :)
ps yeas it is way below average even had some guys come check the meter cos southern elctric thought it wasnt right
my gas last quater ( sept-nov) was £15 i called them to double cheack but it was right! this quater however i think its much much higher as its been exceptionally cold