Our last electricity bill came as a bit of a shock. In view of that we have been reviewing our electricity use over the months we have been here. We are on what seems to be a common mixed tariff, a standard rate during the day, a peak rate during the evening and a cheap rate at night. We get monthly bills which provide details; the figures are interesting and revealing.
The night usage is mostly ambient, fridges, devices on standby, maybe some lights (we tend to retire after midnight), and we have more devices now than we had when we arrived. We have also over the last month used the air conditioning briefly to help warm the bedroom.
Daytime and peak rates reveal when we stopped using the solar for water and turned to electric, in mid-November. It also reveals more use of electric heating during the day from December and more so through January which has been very cold. We use the wood soba more in the evening. It highlights where we might be able to cut the cost a little, not heating water after 5pm (our boiler is well insulated so switching off at 5 should leave enough for the rest of the evening and ensure that we don’t have to wash in freezing water in the mornings), that sort of thing.
No doubt in another month or so, as things warm up, the usage will start to fall. We have tried switching back to solar heated water after showers and on sunny days like today there is hot water.
Costs per unit are similar to costs per unit anywhere in the world. Electricity pricing is fairly standardised. It’s not really possible to compare to what we were spending in Northolt. There we heated on natural gas, which has yet to come to Selcuk. We have cylinders for the hobs and for the gas soba. In winter we will use quite a lot of electricity, in summer considerably less.
Today and yesterday have been sunny and springlike, so we used very little electric heating. The cold weather, according to the forecasts, will be back with us for next weekend.