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  • #16
    Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
    Dang it! I ended up leaving the back door open a bit last night. I wonder how much that's gonna cost me.
    If your home is anywhere in America then you may have got frozen stiff last night....No?

    We are hearing of and seeing some horrific accounts of the freezing conditions from Canada down to Texas and Florida.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by eider View Post

      If your home is anywhere in America then you may have got frozen stiff last night....No?

      We are hearing of and seeing some horrific accounts of the freezing conditions from Canada down to Texas and Florida.
      Upstairs with a closed door. The furnace likely ran all night rather than cycled.

      I'm always still in trouble again

      "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
      "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
      "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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      • #18
        Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
        Upstairs with a closed door. The furnace likely ran all night rather than cycled.
        Ouch......... that sounds like an expense you would have preferred not to have.

        Over here many households are so hard up at present that they don't know whether to buy heat or food. Our Foodbanks are really pressed for supplies at this time. Fortunately the Temperature in England rose, over Christmas, so that might have helped, but we will soon be dipping back in to the cold again during the coming week.

        Some household need as many ideas as possible to consider.

        One that I haven't mentioned is the 'Heat One Room' idea. If necessary a family could move in to one room (in the centre) of their home to just keep that warm. But if people get dangerously cold because they didn't think of something that could have saved them, then that would be sad.

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        • #19
          A friend of mine is old, lives alone and has a mental disability that stops him from being able to walk in to most shops, cafes, libraries etc where he could keep warm. But he can ride on a bus, and does have a bus pass. If he can't get warm he can get on a bus and sit by a radiator, and since our buses circulate around a route between three towns he will always come back to where he started out......... a bit warmer.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by eider View Post

            Ouch......... that sounds like an expense you would have preferred not to have.

            Over here many households are so hard up at present that they don't know whether to buy heat or food. Our Foodbanks are really pressed for supplies at this time. Fortunately the Temperature in England rose, over Christmas, so that might have helped, but we will soon be dipping back in to the cold again during the coming week.

            Some household need as many ideas as possible to consider.

            One that I haven't mentioned is the 'Heat One Room' idea. If necessary a family could move in to one room (in the centre) of their home to just keep that warm. But if people get dangerously cold because they didn't think of something that could have saved them, then that would be sad.
            I figure it's at least equivalent to another below freezing day added to the bill.

            I've learned the hard way to keep the bathroom doors upstairs closed. It keeps them warm even when I have the thermostat set at 53-54 over night (11.6 to 12.2 Celsius) and cooler during the Summer when the AC is on.

            I'm always still in trouble again

            "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
            "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
            "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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            • #21
              Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
              I figure it's at least equivalent to another below freezing day added to the bill.

              I've learned the hard way to keep the bathroom doors upstairs closed. It keeps them warm even when I have the thermostat set at 53-54 over night (11.6 to 12.2 Celsius) and cooler during the Summer when the AC is on.
              We were lucky over Christmas, the temperature came up to 14C here and so our daily bill came down, even though we were relaxing our rules.
              But I don't think we are going to get away from a freezer-winter this time....... we might get a version of what the US is suffering just now.
              But I can't think of anything else to do about it......... Oh yes there is!.... I've just thought about the antifreeze in my wife's little atv, it's concentrated enough to cope with -5c but if we were to get a -25C night such as some of you are experiencing then our engine block would be in serious danger. That's a job for today, then.

              I'll bet that there might be a pandemic of cracked engine blocks over the US after all this.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by eider View Post

                We were lucky over Christmas, the temperature came up to 14C here and so our daily bill came down, even though we were relaxing our rules.
                But I don't think we are going to get away from a freezer-winter this time....... we might get a version of what the US is suffering just now.
                But I can't think of anything else to do about it......... Oh yes there is!.... I've just thought about the antifreeze in my wife's little atv, it's concentrated enough to cope with -5c but if we were to get a -25C night such as some of you are experiencing then our engine block would be in serious danger. That's a job for today, then.

                I'll bet that there might be a pandemic of cracked engine blocks over the US after all this.
                A bunch of bodies being found in trapped cars and snow banks

                I'm always still in trouble again

                "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
                "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
                "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
                  A bunch of bodies being found in trapped cars and snow banks
                  Dreadful. We get regular updates on what's happening in the US and Canada freeze-up. Horrible.

                  I'm guessing that Canada may be able to cope better. Even 70 years ago Canadians were plugging their cars in to heater systems which kept their engines warm etc.

                  But this is too bad. We are being told that we can expect more winters like this because the whole balance of weather patterns is scrambled now. I bet we get it here before many weeks have passed.

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                  • #24
                    In Summer or Winter we can find ourselves with water-supplies cut off, just for different reasons. A deep freeze can find that water supplies have frozen, bust or failed in other ways due to the cold. Several years ago we started to keep a few large 4 litre water containers under our units in the kitchen. Every year I change these over for new ones because they aren't expensive when everything is ok. If a household has emergency drinking water then this reduces the need to go out in a freeze-up.

                    Food. Our local supermarket sells tins of soup with either vegetable, lamb or beef within, and for 0.70p per tine. We have slowly filled a storage cupboard with this kind of tinned food because the sell-by dates are 2-3 years ahead and the store can be forgotten. The need to go out in freezes for food or water is a killer, because people who live in temperate lands don't all understand how quickly the cold can kill.

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