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It's gonna be a hard winter

nannymaroon
nannymaroon Member Posts: 252 Courageous
SoBoris has warned us all about the coming winter being hard due to high fuel bills, food shortages in shops, more petrol supply problems and power cuts.
Am I being over dramatic by admitting that I'm worried?😱
How should we prepare?😐

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  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 5
    Power cuts! Really?

    ill start burning the furniture I guess. 😲😟😢 unless there’s a shortage of matches!
  • easy
    easy Member Posts: 144 Pioneering
    I don't have a fire place so I will not be able to keep warm, unless i just make a big fire in the middle of my sitting room.
    Good idea Yes?
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 2,016 Pioneering
    I think our winters are milder then what they used be. At least we don't get ice on wooden window frames any more and little snow. Unless we're having a severe snow storm I've not heard of. 
  • vikingqueen
    vikingqueen Member Posts: 548 Pioneering
          Best thing I ever bought was my multi stove, I use solid fuel, never wood. I buy a quarter ton of fuel and it lasts me  through winter, no need for radiators at all. If it does come to power cuts I can always bake potatoes in the ashes  :)
  • nannymaroon
    nannymaroon Member Posts: 252 Courageous
    I still have a lot of my lockdown food stored away I was lucky to think ahead in Feb 2020.
    I only have electricity at my home so a power cut will knock out heating, cooking and hot water. I have a camping stove that runs on blue gas canisters. I've bought a couple of extra cans of gas's from Amazon. If I can boil a kettle for a hot water bottle and a cuppa life might be bearable during a power cut.
    I've also stocked up on batteries for torches etc.

    I didn't panic buy I just got an extra product each time I did a grocery shop
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 2,016 Pioneering
    I do need a   🔦  could also buy disposable bbq it won't do a 3 course meal but chuck some marinated chicken breast on it.  If worse came to worse. I do have gas tho for cooking.
  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Member Posts: 782 Pioneering
    I think I will hibernate.
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 2,016 Pioneering
    I need slippers too 😩
  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 1,836 Pioneering
    Where’s the link to the source of expected power cuts? 
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,621 Disability Gamechanger
    A single malt for me. :)

    In all seriousness I try not to worry about what is "threatened" to happen, and just get on with things.

    I admit I did say the same thing when some virus was knocking about, then a pandemic happened :D, but generally the mindset has worked for me.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,356 Disability Gamechanger
    It does look like this is going to be a very difficult winter for all of us, as for power cuts they do seem to be a possibility, but to get to the reasons for that you will have to do your own research.
    But one thing I know for certain is that those of us of a certain age will take it as it comes, having lived through the dark and dismal says of the 1970's, I do wonder how well younger people will deal with it.

    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Member Posts: 782 Pioneering
    edited October 6
    @woodbine Glad you are back. Hope your funerals have not drained you to much.
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,374 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm already feeling it I have no heating my thermostat and control panel is dead 

    Reported it early Sept they came out within 3 days but needed new one ordering

    Now not coming out till next week to fit and as weather turned cold recently I'm managing by lots layers and blanket 

    Good job it not really cold yet
    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can't help I will
  • nannymaroon
    nannymaroon Member Posts: 252 Courageous
    woodbine said:
    It does look like this is going to be a very difficult winter for all of us, as for power cuts they do seem to be a possibility, but to get to the reasons for that you will have to do your own research.
    But one thing I know for certain is that those of us of a certain age will take it as it comes, having lived through the dark and dismal says of the 1970's, I do wonder how well younger people will deal with it.

    Yep I remember the 3day weeks of the 70's and the power cuts. We sat around the dining table by candle light and a paraffin heater. It was awful.
    Not quite Dickensian but grim and cold.
  • nannymaroon
    nannymaroon Member Posts: 252 Courageous
    MarkN88 said:
    Where’s the link to the source of expected power cuts? 
    It's been all over the media for the past month. A simple Google search should be enough.
  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 1,836 Pioneering
    It's been all over the media for the past month. A simple Google search should be enough.
    No need to be patronising. It’s easier to post a link if your going to mention something. 
  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Posts: 4,619 Disability Gamechanger
    Where I live in my village we have already had 12 power cuts over last few months Internet goes down frequently and we are always haveing floods lol 
  • lillybelle
    lillybelle Member Posts: 571 Pioneering
    I must admit that the winters that we have now are a lot milder than what they were in the 70s. I will not be putting any heating on until at least November just a few more layers of clothes on.eating warm cooked meals will warm you up without the need of radiators
    im one of the lucky ones I guess as my house is new and is that well insulated it’s killing during the summer months
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,069 Disability Gamechanger
    woodbine said:.. those of us of a certain age will take it as it comes, having lived through the dark and dismal says of the 1970's, I do wonder how well younger people will deal with it.
    Even so, with the much more intensive use of electronic technology in our lives the impact of power cuts could be rather greater.
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,356 Disability Gamechanger
    calcotti said:
    woodbine said:.. those of us of a certain age will take it as it comes, having lived through the dark and dismal says of the 1970's, I do wonder how well younger people will deal with it.
    Even so, with the much more intensive use of electronic technology in our lives the impact of power cuts could be rather greater.
    True although I for one would welcome a few hours break from the internet etc.
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • TheAlien
    TheAlien Member Posts: 42 Courageous
    Its not just technology that a power cut now would impact, in the 70s most people had a coal fire, some with a back boiler for hot water very few houses had central heating, and we didn't rely on freezers as much for storing food either.

    I'll be keeping my mobile tech fully charged just in case.  If we do have power cuts I'll be left with no heating, not hot water and no means of cooking.  Plus I live in a cold damp council flat.
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 2,016 Pioneering
    153 my electric is going up or gone up  and I don't know about gas eek
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,374 Disability Gamechanger
    @Sandy_123 wow that's a lot but if you insist on living in a castle lol 
    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can't help I will
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 2,016 Pioneering
    I only wish I was in a  🏰 that would be my dream home( back to reality)  lol  that's the increase my provider has hiked to.  
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,374 Disability Gamechanger
    @Sandy_123 did you watch Martin Lewis money show tonight if not watch on catch up he gave lots advice about this and what % increase you should expect and to challenge if you don't agree

    Some companies are increasing to prevent them going under
    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can't help I will
  • lillybelle
    lillybelle Member Posts: 571 Pioneering
    are any of you on smart meters as then your reading will go directly to your supplier?
    atm I am luckily fixed in with Octopus Energy until February next year and only pay £50 a month. This month I have used £11.60 in gas and £38 in electricity. For a 4 bed detached and 2 people living here. So I can’t understand how a direct debit can jump over £100 a month.
    im afraid I would want proof.
    and yes I saw Martin Lewis and like he said take a meter reading 
  • Dragonslayer
    Dragonslayer Community Co-Production Group Posts: 1,546 Pioneering
    I have not heard of there being power cuts and hope they don't happen. I remember them at the same time as the three day weeks, which were bad enough. I also remember the winters of years ago. Trudging through deep snow to get to work ECT. The last few winters have been fairly mild they say because of global warming. I hope this one is as mild as the last.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,356 Disability Gamechanger
    TheAlien said:
    Its not just technology that a power cut now would impact, in the 70s most people had a coal fire, some with a back boiler for hot water very few houses had central heating, and we didn't rely on freezers as much for storing food either.

    I'll be keeping my mobile tech fully charged just in case.  If we do have power cuts I'll be left with no heating, not hot water and no means of cooking.  Plus I live in a cold damp council flat.
    My dad ripped the coal fire and back boiler out and replaced it with central heating around 1968/9, and i remember we had a freezer by 1970 in the garage.
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • TheAlien
    TheAlien Member Posts: 42 Courageous
    @woodbine, we were in a council house, we didn't even have a car let alone a garage.  It took us until 1982 to get a house with central heating.
  • nannymaroon
    nannymaroon Member Posts: 252 Courageous
    TheAlien said:
    @woodbine, we were in a council house, we didn't even have a car let alone a garage.  It took us until 1982 to get a house with central heating.
    Same here the I only knew central heating in my late 20's. And it felt like magic that the whole house could be warm not just one room. Constant hot was the work of the Gods to my primitive mind.
  • lillybelle
    lillybelle Member Posts: 571 Pioneering
    Well it can’t be as bad as our Xmas last year.
    we were in the middle of lockdown. Moved into a new house, only 2 others were occupied which were further down. All the rest were empty or still not finished.
    everywhere was a mud bath, the internet went off. So no phone, telly channel’s computers.
    when the site manager & builders came back after Xmas they all got Covid and were never seem again until February.
    can laugh about it now .

  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Member Posts: 782 Pioneering
    Hi @lillybelle You will have to make up for it this year. Have fun.
  • lillybelle
    lillybelle Member Posts: 571 Pioneering
    thanks, at least we have curtains now. Had to manage with paper blinds for months .
    can’t wait for Xmas this year. 

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