Just received my lowest ever electricity bill – £39.76 for the quarter, which is about £3 a week.

I don’t use gas, so those are the total operating emissions for the house. Not bad for an old Victorian terrace! And not bad for my bank account either.

Pretty pleased with that, I think!!




  1. Chris said,

    February 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I expect someone has already told you but you risk carbon monoxide poisoning from your bathroom heater unless you keep a window open
    which defeats the object of the exercise.
    BTW Like your site,thinking of going the solar panel route but the sums don`t add up with the commercial offerings.Remember last year,not many sunny days to get the full output from the panels.Bit of a big con for stupid people.

    • March 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Ethanol heaters don’t emit CO; they emit water vapour and CO2 in about the same quantities as someone breathing.

      Solar PV: generally achieves a better ROR than a savings account even in ambient daylight. Direct sunlight is a bonus which means that properly specified systems generally over-perform with very sunny spells. A South Manchester housing association found their systems over-performed by about 20% the year before last when we had a sunny spring, and performed about as expected last year.

      • Chris said,

        March 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm

        I connected up my first panel 250w to the grid this morning(dull day)
        in a temporary lash up and could see the reduction in my power costs by just observing the slowdown of my meters flashing red diode.
        I have another 7 in this batch and may get some more if i can figure out how to mount them in my garden.My house slate roof will remain untouched.I have read to many accounts of poor roof installations resulting in leaks.Have you any idea if you could bypass a battery bank
        and run a 12volt heater straight from an panel/charge controller ? or maybe a battery would be required as a sort of buffer.I was thinking of
        only a small 150watt heater of the sort sold for in car use.
        As far as ethanol heaters go i bow to your superior knowledge,to be honest i have never heard of them before but i neither camp or go caravaning.

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