I thought it wasn’t going to get much worse, but then…
Electric bills will be $114 higher each month compared to last year. That’s a 64% increase for the same amount of energy use, driven by higher electric supply price. (Direct quote)
The bill they are calculating is based on a much smaller usage than ours. For us it will likely be an extra $200, maybe more. It’s pretty scary.
There isn’t much we can do about it. Every lamp has a long life LED bulb. The stove, fridge, boiler, windows, insulation are all up to snuff. Everything is new or almost new. We bring in too much money to be eligible for any kind of assistance but not nearly enough money to pay the bills. We were managing more or less until this wave of inflation nailed us. We have a pretty hefty mortgage, although the amount we owe has dropped a lot. We would make a good profit by selling — but then what would we be able to buy? The price of everything is sky high, so we’d still be in the same situation unless we moved somewhere we don’t want to be.
I really don’t actually know how we will get through the winter but I suppose we’ll have to find a way since we don’t actually have any other options. We aren’t eligible for subsidized house and free market housing is even MORE expensive than what we are paying now.
Do I really believe National Grid is paying 64% more for energy than last year? Do I believe in faeries and goblins too?
Short of selling this house and trying to find somewhere else we could afford — unlikely — I would say our goose is well and truly cooked.