Electrical Foes

When moving flats there are several rules (beyond the obvious like affordable rent!) I have to help me choose a suitable place:

  1. commutable to work via public transport
  2. not too high ceilings
  3. absolutely no electric storage heaters

Well I guess one out of three is, well terrible. I remember when I was moving my stuff in, exchanging puzzled looks with my Mum who was helping me move, as loads of the flats around me had their windows open even though it was quite a cold November day. It just didn’t make sense. I soon found out when at approximately 11am the morning after moving in, the heat spilling out from my electric storage heaters was so fierce that my Mum and I nearly passed out. Begrudgingly we too opted to open all the windows in my flat. 9pm that night, to our consternation the flat was again cold with no way, beyond fan heaters, to add extra heat.

I’ve asked my landlord to put up curtains instead of blinds and he won’t. And how ❝ bad❝ is my energy use now anyway?  I only occasionally top up the temperature with my oil heater during the worst of winter; I’m in the habit now of layering up. I’m pretty sure when I had gas central heating and I was cold I would just turn the thermostat up to maximum regardless of the temperature on the control panel. So perhaps the electric storage heaters aren’t my foe- they’re my friend?!

Anyhow 4 years later I’m still living there.  I keep thinking of moving but it’s my home now and besides the heating isn’t that big of an issue. But of course I’m saying this on an abnormally hot and sunny autumn day.

Karen Parkhill

electrical switch

I only occasionally top up the temperature with my oil heater during the worst of winter; I’m in the habit now of layering up.