Monday, November 04, 2013

Making Economies

As R is only working part time, we felt we needed to make economies, especially on our electricity consumption. We aren't fussed on heating our bedrooms, so we closed the bedroom doors, left the bathrooms/toilet exhaust fan off, which drags in fresh air (cold in the winter, hot in the summer), unless we were using them and set the thermostat to 18 during the day, chill off the place, and 19 at night, a bit warmer. We did this for well over a month and eventually we agreed we were both miserable with that way of living.

Once we had both mentioned to each other that we were unhappy, we flung open the doors, put the exhaust fan on and odd as it may seem turned the heating down to 17 and started to discuss revere mortgages and that the kiddies are all doing ok by their own account and all they will inherit is this place mortgaged to the max.  As a concession to economies, we kept the spare room door closed and so not heated, but that is where the washing dries on the rack and it was taking forever to dry, but I could manage ok with a four day drying period.

There may well be a time in the future when we really have to get really serious about our energy consumption and close off rooms, but not yet.


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  1. I'm always thinking about economising... Any day now :))

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    1. Me too Grace, and giving up many things.

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  2. We've managed to raise our heat tolerance in summer and lower our cold tolerance in winter, but we're not good at suffering! We had friends in Northern New England who barely used their heat in winter. We went there one Christmas and we all sat around the table at night with hats and gloves on! No thanks.

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    1. Mitchell, I could cope more with heat if I didn't have to be outside with work so much. There is nothing like coming home to a cool home. We've experienced the same with friends but of course it is not as cold here as New England.

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  3. big flat-screen TVs chew up the juice.
    also Utilities companies all overcharge.
    good luck.

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    1. Ann, I didn't think LCDs were too bad for power. I keep one bill from each year and it is astonishing how much, especially power, has risen.

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  4. We're fortunate that our landlord pays for the heating of our building. I never want to leave this place.

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    1. Wow Jayne. That is good. I suppose you pay indirectly in your rent, but still.

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  5. Thinking of reverse mortgages already? I know TO will NEVER downsize, and am constantly warning her that we will soon be renting out rooms.

    Caravan park cabins are relatively cheap, but TO would need 5 just to store all the crap. Wonder if the neighbours would be so scary?

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    1. Renting out rooms, that is my bedroom and ensuite is a possibility for us FC. You have stairs don't you? Not great for old age. Press this point to TO. Permanent cabins, yes, I reckon the neighbours would be scary.

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  6. You run your bathroom exhaust fan 24/7?? I look at mine occasionally and think "I must clean the dust off that..."
    I've been economising for years and I'm bloody sick of it. Tomorrow I'm going to splash out and buy cake! After my visit to the dentist.

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    1. Worse than that River, it is big central unit that exhaust two bathrooms and one toilet. We used to have it on all the time when we were home and awake, but we don't now. When it off though, the heating needs to go up from 17 to 20 to be comfortable. Spending priorities are so individual. I am very thrifty in some ways, but in others extravagant.

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  7. Ha ha River, my exhaust in the toilet is caked in dust but I have no idea how to remove it, it's connected to the light!!

    I close the bedrooms off, but I don't like to sleep in a warm room so it suits me. I keep meaning to do a budget...

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    1. Get up on steps and clean it Fen. We don't like heated bedrooms either Fen.

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  8. Last winter was our first in a new house which is bigger than our previous and all electric (so no chance to get toasty on relatively cheaper gas heating). We made a determined effort to be frugal, but cannot tell the effect because we then went away for the last month and the person who minded our house and cat actually brought another heater into the house and ran it in the bathroom. End result: a bill for over $1200. That was a shock.

    In our previous house we had (next-door-but-one) neighbours with children who ran no heating at all. It can be done in Sydney, though as they were in a semi perhaps they got some benefit through the party wall from their neighbours for the house's core temperature.

    Then again, they were frugal: the wife worked school hours and the husband worked evenings. They would meet in the afternoon to hand over the kids and the shared weekly train ticket!

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    1. Marcellous, on the couple of occasions our air con has been not working for an extended period, we have used a couple of small electric heaters and boy do they cost to run, as you discovered. I don't know how cold it would need to get before I wanted heating in my bedroom, but I haven't found that point yet. I sleep much better when I am cool. Yes, the benefit of what the attached neighbours do can't be underestimated. One year here tenants below did not use cooling and it made a big difference to our place.

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  9. Correction: ran the heater in the bedroom (where I had been making do with a woollen underblanket and even a hot water bottle!)

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