Author Topic: The 2016 "is your heating on yet?" thread  (Read 8644 times)

ian

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Re: The 2016 "is your heating on yet?" thread
« Reply #200 on: October 23, 2018, 08:01:49 pm »
I understand how thermostats work too.

Moths.

That's how. Moths are exquisitely sensitivity to temperature. Which is why you never see one take a hot bath.
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Re: The 2016 "is your heating on yet?" thread
« Reply #201 on: October 23, 2018, 08:33:31 pm »
With the heating season upon us I am currently trying to understand why my boiler kettles on a middle constant pump setting ( of three possible). It does not kettle on a max constant setting. However on a variable pump setting, it runs quite happily and silently, on the suggested default setting for systems with TRVs. Most odd.
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Re: The 2016 "is your heating on yet?" thread
« Reply #202 on: October 23, 2018, 09:00:31 pm »
I topped up the leaky radiators at the weekend with the magic valve

The shed is full of wood and the chimney is swept

It's not been cold enough yet to do anything with any of the heating systems.  I have put a big jumper on a couple of times

Chez Vorsprung is in the relatively warm Devon

having said that I am now sitting in front of a log burning stove that is lit :)
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Re: The 2016 "is your heating on yet?" thread
« Reply #203 on: October 23, 2018, 09:44:30 pm »
I did put the heating on before going out for a bike ride. It's good to go out with warm feet, much easier to stay warm than get warm.
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Re: The 2016 "is your heating on yet?" thread
« Reply #204 on: October 23, 2018, 10:17:12 pm »
I like wood burning stoves/open fires. One really warm spot, and you can heat one room to a good fug without making the whole house stuffy.
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Kim

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Re: The 2016 "is your heating on yet?" thread
« Reply #205 on: October 23, 2018, 11:09:44 pm »
I did put the heating on before going out for a bike ride. It's good to go out with warm feet, much easier to stay warm than get warm.

Seconded.  I also find that not being cold improves the mojo factor.
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Re: The 2016 "is your heating on yet?" thread
« Reply #206 on: October 24, 2018, 12:57:29 am »
Veering towards casual sexism alert!

Here is a counter-example:
the very-ex was exceedingly clueless in this respect, unlike my excellent self.

This house contains males and a female at ratio of 3:1
No casual sexism here...
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Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

Re: The 2016 "is your heating on yet?" thread
« Reply #207 on: October 25, 2018, 11:27:39 am »
The Jeermans at npower have told me my direct debit is going up from £41 a month to £88 a month.  They can FRO.  It's the right amount based on four years' usage and their tabulating engine doesn't know I have 3/4 tonne of wood to burn.  This is a major disincentive to change supplier - every new supplier cranks up the monthly payments until you're vastly in credit.
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Re: The 2016 "is your heating on yet?" thread
« Reply #208 on: October 25, 2018, 11:37:31 am »
The solution is PAYG surely? But lots of folk like to use DD for convenience and cost spreading purposes.
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Kim

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Re: The 2016 "is your heating on yet?" thread
« Reply #209 on: October 25, 2018, 11:50:34 am »
Monthly DD of actual usage (from the smart meters) here.  I can budget better than some naive algorithm can.
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Re: The 2016 "is your heating on yet?" thread
« Reply #210 on: October 25, 2018, 11:53:42 am »
Providers often offer a discount for DD payments, so paying for monthly usage (by something other than DD) will cost more over a year.

Money Saving Expert has a whole page on this, including the rules they should play by if you start quoting certain sections of the regulations:-
* https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/utilities/lower-energy-direct-debits/
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ian

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Re: The 2016 "is your heating on yet?" thread
« Reply #211 on: October 25, 2018, 12:00:26 pm »
Quarterly PAYG. I'd rather trust a squirrel to manage DD payments than the average utility company. Ain't no way they're getting access to my bank account.
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Re: The 2016 "is your heating on yet?" thread
« Reply #212 on: October 25, 2018, 12:03:26 pm »
The Jeermans at npower have told me my direct debit is going up from £41 a month to £88 a month.  They can FRO.  It's the right amount based on four years' usage and their tabulating engine doesn't know I have 3/4 tonne of wood to burn.  This is a major disincentive to change supplier - every new supplier cranks up the monthly payments until you're vastly in credit.

A lot of suppliers use customer balances to fund their, often loss-making, businesses.   There have been several supplier exits this year and I expect a few more over this Winter.

The suppliers have been told not to overcharge on budget payment plans but they still do.   Ovo offered to pay interest on credit balances but this was found to be anti-competitive.

I just left npower and was owed £120.   After 2 weeks they sent me a cheque despite having my bank details.   We all know damn well that this is because they assume that at least a percentage of their leaving customers will forget to bank a cheque or lose it.


Re: The 2016 "is your heating on yet?" thread
« Reply #214 on: October 26, 2018, 03:24:24 pm »
My heating's on, but I'm in 2018...perhaps a new thread is needed?!

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Re: The 2016 "is your heating on yet?" thread
« Reply #215 on: October 28, 2018, 09:14:05 am »
Heating:  Add one to the region of the venn diagram marked 'that's what the thermostat is for'
Stove: Lit for the first time this season on Friday.  As noted by Mr L elsewhere - stinky.
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