Talk to me about... smart meters

BobClay

Well-Known Forumite
I just looked at the smart meter. So far this year (which is same number as this month) I've used 257 kWh. That's about 20 kWh a day. I am all electric, there's no mains gas in the village and I ripped out the calor gas boiler I inherited some years ago. I'm an ex-tanker man, I wont have gas in the house.
I'm well insulated, triple glazing, double glazing with secondary glazing I fitted behind it in all windows. Walls lined with silver foil and polystyrene under the paper and panelling. I do have a lot of gear running in the day, especially at this time of year, and don't get that much from solar panels on these short grey days (currently in total overcast and poor visibility I'm pulling in about 550 Watts.)
I suppose I am using a lot of kWh but there's no gas bill to go with that, and consumption drops right down once the winter has left the building.
 

staffordjas

Well-Known Forumite
Expanding foam?
Need to get it done professionally really , as we have bought stuff before and it's been no good the way we've attempted it.
The gap behind the kitchen cupboard (with all the towels etc stuffed behind)is about 9" from the top of the back board to the top of the cupboard /sink top, and about 4" at least between the outside wall bit and cupboard. That's for a whole length of about 6 foot across the kitchen units. Then there's 2 big air hole things on the outside of the house behind that (which I tried to tape up with sticky tape when a mouse was scurrying around the patio)
Not worth paying a lot now to have it done, as if we move next year the buyers will probably rip the whole lot out anyway.

We paid a lot of money for the kitchen to be installed 'professionally' all those years ago .

MY DIY insulation ..... this is why our energy bills are so high......

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Scourers between tiles and underneath high cupboards . (At least you can't see them unless on the floor)
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cupboard under the sink , complete with dog coats and towels stuffed down the gap as insulation. That's against the outside wall with air bricks behind letting in a gale force wind at times.
 

Jonah

Spouting nonsense since the day I learned to talk
Why not buy some of these insulation panels?

Insulation panels

It's what I am intending to do for the same problem in my kitchen - only myself to blame though as I forgot about insulation when I put the kitchen in.
 

staffordjas

Well-Known Forumite
Why not buy some of these insulation panels?

Insulation panels

It's what I am intending to do for the same problem in my kitchen - only myself to blame though as I forgot about insulation when I put the kitchen in.
Why not buy some of these insulation panels?

Insulation panels

It's what I am intending to do for the same problem in my kitchen - only myself to blame though as I forgot about insulation when I put the kitchen in.
Good idea. Trouble is we'd have to get someone who knows what they are doing to put it in, as it's got all pipes and wires down the back as well. We aren't any good at DIY.

(Going to have to pay to get the house spruced up a bit when/if we do come to move eventually. But don't want to splash out too much as the house prices are hell of a lot more expensive in the parts of Worcester we'd be looking to buy in ,so need to save up as much dosh as we can to make it possible.
Worked hard on my parents house before selling it. Buyers ripped the whole lot out to leave a shell and extended . )


Noticed Cadent are starting work on our estate again, moving the gas meters from inside houses to a box at the front . Getting a bit too close to our road as I'm dreading the disruption, but maybe an advantage may be that we might get a working gas smart meter . (British gas always blamed Vodafone signal not reaching it )
 
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Gramaisc

Forum O. G.
Expanding foam?
I would say that expanding foam is not something to try to do a neat job with the first time you use it - some inconsequential practice runs would be advisable - and the advice about protection that the container will carry is totally true, it is not coming off any part of you that it gets on, clothes, skin or (God forbid) hair...
 
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