My switch to Bulb is bedding in nicely, I’m pleased with how it is working out so far. The online Bulb dashboard tells me that I spent £48 on gas and electricity to the middle of June. My LiveLight Home Cost Tracker (which measures month end to month end, so covers a different time period) tells me we spent £42 on electricity to the end of May, and £24 on gas (all for water heating and cooking, the central heating is of course turned off).
We’re getting towards the time of year when how much I pay for water (£50 per month year round) outstrips both electricity and gas combined (£60 per month). This is galling for a lot of reasons, not just what I consider to be the very high water rates I pay for pretty low water use. My water company is also one of the four large water companies that use offshore tax havens to stack debts onto the company and avoid paying any UK Corporation tax. I think that I can definitely do more to reduce my water usage. I also think that the water companies could do more for their customers to drive bills down alongside increasing the critical investment that is needed for a future that will inevitably include more droughts AND more floods as a result of our rapidly changing climate.
No Place Like Home
The recent heat – like the freezing winter – is exposing some pitfalls in our newish home. The attic insulation is not really adequate, so the top bedroom gets pretty hot with the constant sunshine and high temperatures. Hopefully this will be fixed in the Autumn, as part of a larger bit of work to get an ensuite into the attic; more on that in a future post.
The Full picture
If you are interested, here’s our household carbon footprint as at the end of May 2018. You can see that food remains the largest part of our carbon footprint. This is mostly because we have reduced other areas that create emissions (notably home energy and flights).
My carbon footprint remains at 3.1 tonnes a year, which is around a quarter of the national UK average. Over the next few weeks I’ll set out how I have plans to reduce this much closer to the 2 tonne goal that I have set myself.
Til next time.