E7 varies around the UK from about 4.5p to 6p inc VAT.
Size - storage charge / units - cost @ 6p/unit
- 0.9kW -- 6.3kWhr (units) charge -- 38p
- 1.7kW -- 11.9kWhr (units) charge -- 71p
- 2.55kW -- 17.85kWhr (units) charge -- 107p
- 3.40kW -- 23.8kWhr (units) charge -- 142p
Perspective - that assumes a 100% charge.
- Automatic set to max will only charge to 75% at +4oC overnight and
only charge to 92% at -2oC overnight
- So the above figures are worst case scenario.
Reality - consider winter as 100 days.
- 100 days of winter means a 3.40kW costs £142
- No maintenance contract, no parts every few years
I can understand 14oC in bedrooms that are used.
However your living room NEEDS to be 18oC+.
Dehumidifiers can cost nearly as much to run as a mid sized storage
#1 - Draught excluder
#2 - Live under a proper duvet if possible, YOUR BODY needs 18oC
environment even if that is just a micro-environment created by a
#3 - Make CERTAIN that you are on ECONOMY 7 (or similar), you probably
are for £50/month electric
#4 - Fix the storage heater immediately or buy one on Ebay or
Freecycle, they work, they are reliable, they are cost-effective for
background heating (halls, feeding into bedrooms)
#5 - Consider a second storage heater if possible, a cold 3-bed house
needs 2x 3.40kW (called "24kWhr") in the hallway without CWI and only
#6 - Get the loft insulated because you have no chance of heating the
place without insulation up there AND you will suffer horrendous
descending cold air draughts
#7 - Dehumidifier is not a good solution as they blow cold air BUT
will remove moisture, realise though they will struggle at below 14oC
#8 - Seriously consider a thro-the-wall cooker hood run only for pots
steaming, reduce the moisture input into the house anyway you can.
Window & wall fans do sod all compared to a suitable £20-80 freecycle/
ebay/new cooker hood ducted thro the wall. Amazon do 107mm blue-spot
bits for £20 (you can resell on Ebay for £12) and most drills will do
107mm unless you have engineering brick in which case just take bricks
out and use oblong ducting with a round adapter as it makes life
#9 - Woman? Wear thick rugby or thermal socks, seriously because it
makes a big difference AND to circulation
Females suffer cold more than Males, whilst it may not be attractive,
find a fleece top to wear which is long - it will make a substantial
If you ever redecorate the living room, insulate substantially.
Thank you. Many of the things you suggest ( draught excluders ) we already
have. The place was well insulated by the last owners and they did many of
The other things I cant do myself. I simply do not know how.
Is it still possible to get the insulation stuff that they used to sell for
walls ( like a polystyrene roll which was like wall paper but you put
underneath before you papered a wall?
I recall having that in my bedroom when I was a child ( in a cold house
But then I would have to learn to put the paper on the walls - and he would
probably have an argument over it.
As for my clothing. I am currently wearing two pairs of trousers ( as well
as underwear of course) three tops - a short sleeve tee shirt. a long sleeve
tee shirt and a thick chunky cardigan , two pairs of socks ( his!) and a
coat. I have got my gloves out but you cant type with gloves on. Its still
cold. You can feel the cold in the air.
As for him, he hasn't got out of bed for the last three days. Its warmer
there I suppose.