I have been up since 6:00am getting OH ready for work and it was bitter. OH said it was minus one when he nipped out with Missy. Needless to say the heating went on pretty sharpish.
I tend to keep the heating at a low temperature so that the heating does not come on needlessly as we are on a pay as you go card for the gas and the electric. The house can be cold especially at the rear of the property and if I owned it I would have log burners in both the front room and the dining room. I have sort of had a recce to see how much it would cost and have found the parts i.e. the flue linings and the log burners on ebay. There is quite a selection at not too extortionate a price. How easy would it be to fit the same is another matter however and reading between the lines I think this may be part of why it can cost so much. It might be worth another look in due course. My partner is an engineer but he is afraid of heights, Have any of you done this yourself and can it be done reasonably and by ourselves or are specialist skills required.
I like many others have to keep warm because of my medical conditions and I keep throws and hot water bottles to hand when am sitting down. Because it is rented I do not think the loft has adequate insulation (OH will not go up as he is funny with heights and if I attempt to go up it makes him ten times worse. The Landlord has hardly done anything in the 28 years we have been here and then the work he has had done has been cheap and nasty. In fact I do not even think he would agree to having log burners put in even if I paid for the work so this is really a precursor exercise with an eye to the future. The boiler Is only a couple of years old and works quite well - its gas so I try and be as practical as we can when it gets too warm I turn it down and equally if I go really cold it gets bunged on. I do try and keep to a set amount each month for the gas and the electric though.
I don't want to be here forever and wherever I went if I was buying I would want log burners/multifuel stoves added and ideally I would love an Aga or Rayburn as well (that might have to be a new to me one rather than brand new, but they are a way of life). To me being warm, toasty and cozy means everything as if I get cold and then go cold on the inside that is when I tend to be really poorly so I try and keep a moderate temperature at all times. Also with having the animals I like to make sure they are warm too.
Its been perishing in the office today as well with the office being closed over the weekend we always wrap up well on a Monday.
We have had a very nice Pasta n sauce dish for tea tonight and the dishwasher and washing machine are on. I bought a load of cleaning stuff back from mums and I have got that put away ready for use in due course. Hopefully I will get a few more rows done to my knitting this evening. There are 8 rows to the pattern and I have been aiming for two complete lots per evening. I have been quite enjoying it. I have been pottering around getting some bits ready for work tomorrow as well.
Its now peeing down with rain here and if it gets any colder the roads will be nasty in the morning. So if it does please take it steady in the morning.
Catch you soon