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Topic # 145350 15-May-2014 17:58
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We have a heat pump and ceiling insulation for a few yrs, but it is uninsulated walls, single glazed windows, away from the lounge, we jump from room to room and use plug in heaters.  What are those - sheepskin boots, down jackets, thermals, haha, dont wear wolly hwats though. 

I visited some flats searching with some.  Some places we seen don't even have any heating whatsoever.  You bring your own plug in heaters, no insulation, no bathroom heater / extractor, no kitchen rangehood.  October should be with us soon ....  Interesting I read that the trial of WOF rentals 90% failed them. 

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  Reply # 1045700 15-May-2014 18:06
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if you dont have a well insulated house then you are just throwing money away when it comes to heating it. First thing to do before even looking at heating.

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  Reply # 1045733 15-May-2014 19:09
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Heat pump in lounge, panel heater in bedroom 1.

I insulated the attic and under floor a few years ago.

Still working to minimise water getting under the house.

In time, I'd like to have the lounge & dining room curtains thermal backed.

Planning on wall insulation for bedroom 2, and eventually in bedroom 1.



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  Reply # 1045736 15-May-2014 19:14
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Our flat has insulation in the walls and ceiling and under the floor as well. I'll be keeping my room warm with two desktops + 3 monitors and some GPU activities ;)

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  Reply # 1045742 15-May-2014 19:21
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2 fan heaters, 1 in the bedroom and another in the lounge and an oven when my wife is cooking. But we live in a new house with pretty good insulation and gets lots of sun. Might get a fire for next winter.

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  Reply # 1045745 15-May-2014 19:27
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The Family room, dinning room and kitchen are heated by a log burner, the lounge has gas heating. Heat from the log burner finds its way into our bedroom and office. 

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  Reply # 1045749 15-May-2014 19:36
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rayonline: Interesting I read that the trial of WOF rentals 90% failed them. 

To be fair it was a trial, and the main reason for failure was hot water temp out of bounds and no security latches on all windows.

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  Reply # 1045768 15-May-2014 19:54
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Haven't topped up insulation in my ceiling and have nothing under the floor.

I am a shorts all year round type of person so my 20kW keeps us warm in winter. House is only 140m^2 3 bedroom so the wood burner is plenty big to pump out heat. Wood is relatively free too =D

When I was flatting we always had to bring our own heater. Oil fin heaters aren't too bad as they only have to run a few hours to get the room warm. We just let our bedrooms be cold.

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  Reply # 1045842 15-May-2014 21:30
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In-ceiling and under-floor insulation + chopped up around 6m^2 firewood (free and more left to go!) during summer. Roaring fire going as we speak...  :-)

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  Reply # 1045847 15-May-2014 21:38
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throw on another blanket, shut the door to the room, and turn the fans down on the computer...

takes the worst of the chill right off!

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  Reply # 1045848 15-May-2014 21:38
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7 heatpumps

Bill was $200 probably going to be $300

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  Reply # 1045868 15-May-2014 22:01
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I'll be in the northern hemisphere for June and July so missing winter altogether mostly!

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  Reply # 1045921 15-May-2014 23:25
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ceiling and underfloor insulation in 1920 bungalow. gas central heating throughout the house, maintaining 21degC while awake, 19degC while sleeping, off between 10am and 4pm (work/school/etc).  will add approx. $150 to the energy bill for coldest month (highest combined energy bill up to $300).

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  Reply # 1045942 15-May-2014 23:35
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Homemade waste oil burner. Heats water in a closed circuit heating system. Radiators in all the bedrooms, Heats the hot water cylinder and the spa as well. If my house was ever checked against the rental WOF rules it would prob fail on just about everything. But house is really warm and dry. (hot water is usually around 85deg from the taps so another wof fail there) And the highest powerbill last winter was $230. That's with 5 people in the house who often leave computers, TVs, Game consoles, lights ect on all the time.

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  Reply # 1045979 16-May-2014 06:30
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Three heat pumps- lounge, kitchen, husband's man cave at the back.

One wood burner, lounge which will heat most living areas and all bedrooms when it is going. One wall mounted electric fan heater, bathroom.

Insulation under the bulk of the floor. Insulated roof, walls. Moisture barrier plastic under the house on the ground for a lot of the area. Drafty single glaze windows I put rubber around. Thermal backed or lined curtains in a lot of places, wooden blinds in others. 1950 brick veneer house we renovated.

I'd like to get the pipes lagged. I always meant to do it myself but now I can't physically so who knows. It requires a bit of contortion to wriggle your way around my pipes.

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  Reply # 1046004 16-May-2014 07:02
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Two heat pumps, lounge (does living area) and kitchen. A foot of insulation in my old house's ceiling, plus water barrier and insulation under the house and wall insulation. Retrofit double glazing, just plastic panels over the windows, which definitely helps with heat retention and condensation. When it gets really cold we turn on an oil heater in the bedroom, and the office has a fan heater. All in all it's pretty good, cost a fair bit but went from a horribly cold house to a nice warm one that retains the heat quite well.

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