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Keeping it low while the heat is rising

Today is likely to be one of the hottest days in the UK and at 11:28 the temperature in my lounge is around 24.8°C, and that’s with the south facing windows protected by closed curtains.  I know as while the boiler is off, if it’s not burning gas it’s not getting hot, the room thermostats […]

As it is a sunny day, I am lazing my days away

What? That’s not practising what you preach! You’re right and I’m not: in fact I’m multitasking.  Well, I hope. I thought I’d share my first go at microwaving (or at least partially microwaving) a roast chicken. What on earth for? Well, I hear many people saying they cannot afford to cook given how high energy […]

Am I understanding this bill in the right way?

We buy our gas and electricity from Ovo and our water from Anglian Water. Nothing unusual about that, but like many, I am paying close attention to our bills as they come through. Many are struggling and all my energy company seems to want to do is put me on a fixed tarrif that is […]

The Micawber Principle

I don’t normally use capitals in titles, this isn’t a tabloid newspaper, after all, but proper nouns need that distinction… Eh? What? The Micawber Principle is this: expenditure less than income gives happiness, expenditure greater than income is penurary, as per This is a universal truth no matter religion, upbringing or income. Living within […]

Summer time and the living is easy…

fish are jumping and the cotton is high… Not so easy for some! It was my husband’s turn to do the weekly shopping and I think he went shopping hungry – big mistake, big supermarket bill just for two people! We have very little food waste.  But that is largely as we both take account […]

EPC, what does it mean to me?

I think it’s very easy to see EPC, or energy performance certificates to the uninitiated, as being theoretical ideals and bearing no relationship to the real world. But over the 20 years they have been around, they have improved the estimates no end. As a nation, we understand that our winters are cold (and damp) […]

Watching the seconds tick by

Oh no, not another depressing one? Hey, stop that. No, I’m back on energy consumption now the clocks have gone forward… Oh, all right then, though looking at energy prices, it’s not that happy-a-subject Thanks, I think. Like many couples, we sat down and looked at some of the changes in the last budget. While […]

Like many in the world

I was born with misaligned teeth. Not by a great deal and not really at the front, apart from protruding canines at the top. As a teenager, braces were discussed but at that time, aspartame came on the market and we soon discovered that triggered fits in me.  No aspartame, no fits: I also measure […]

Bringing the light

The recent budget has brought a couple of interesting things with it. The one I’m going to go through today is the 0% rating on the purchase of new solar panels. Rich man’s game No, wait, solar panels have come down in price, so while some of the subsidies have disappeared, if you weren’t buying […]

Time is the enemy of us all

Yuk, depressing! What, no! I’m not talking about aging, I’m talking about the clocks going forwards. Losing an hours sleep, everyone whinging, boring! I take it that you’re still out of sorts from losing that hour? Hump… OK, well, this time of year is hard for anyone replacing missing hormones in their body. That hour […]