Boiler Cover from SSE
The weather recently has started to turn colder, and I’m really noticing the change in temperature. We’ve had the heating on a lot more often, and I’m so thankful for warm radiators, and hot water for showers in the morning – especially as I really feel the cold!
When SSE challenged me to go for 24 hours without a boiler, I realised that we’ve not had our boiler checked and serviced for over a year. After our experience of a day for #noboiler, we have this rectified, and have our service booked in.
A poorly maintained, and un-serviced boiler can lead to problems with parts, causing the boiler to break down. There is the safety aspect, as the boiler could be leaking carbon monoxide which can be fatal. And finally, energy – a poorly maintained boiler is not as energy efficient as a serviced boiler.
The cost of getting boiler parts and repairs, can run into hundreds of pounds. Worst case scenario is needing to have your whole boiler replaced – which we know from experience, can cost thousands. Unexpected expenses at any time of the year tough to swallow, but as we approach the festive season, it’s the last thing many of us would want to have to deal with.
Having boiler cover is a way to secure yourself against these potentially high costs, and keeps you safe and energy efficient with an annual boiler check included. You also benefit from a 24-hour number to call to get a repair – no need to shop around for repair firms when something goes wrong.
Find out more about SSE’s annual boiler cover below.
My 24 Hours Without A Boiler
So what did 24 hours without a boiler look like for this work-from-home mum? Well, we turned the boiler off after dinner. By bedtime, we were all wanting extra blankets – it’s a good thing I have a few of them stashed in the cupboard. I also dug out my hot water bottle for extra warmth.
If you don’t have a hot water bottle, you can make a heat pack of your own with an old (clean) cotton sock and some dry rice. Fill the sock most of the way with the rice, and tie the open end in a knot to seal. Microwave for 1-2 minutes to heat through. There are lots of tutorials online to make fancier ones, but this is the easiest method if you’re in a hurry.
The worse thing about having no boiler, is the cold first thing in the morning. When you’re all toasty and warm in bed, and have to face that short walk to the bathroom to get washed and ready for the day ahead…
Both my husband and son have a shave in the mornings – not very pleasant using just cold water, so a kettle was boiled up to provide hot water for them both for that task. My smart husband then filled up a flask with the leftover boiled water, and left it in the bathroom, so I would have hot water to wash my hands during the day.
Don’t waste energy by re-boiling the kettle after making tea or coffee. Pour the leftover water into a flask to use later in the day – either for washing hands, or making another cuppa!
The thought of a freezing cold shower was not welcomed by any of us, so we took the cowards way out and used some dry shower gel (which we discovered on our first camping trip) to freshen up, and I made liberal use of dry shampoo for my hair.
If you hate the idea of a cold shower, freshen up with dry shower gel and dry shampoo. Hopefully your time with no boiler is kept to a minimum and you’ll be having a hot shower again very soon.
We have an open plan living area downstairs, which is often a lot cooler than the upstairs of the house, even when we do have heating on; so without a boiler it was positively arctic down there. Fortunately, we have a coffee machine set on timer, so that was ready to go, and we all retreated back upstairs where it wasn’t as cold.
I then waved them off to work and college… Lucky so-and-sos with heating… *mumble grumble*
Exclude drafts around windows and doors, and shut the curtains to retain heat inside your house. Invest in thermal curtains for main living/sleeping areas. You could also invest in an electric heater for emergencies.
I am one of those people that really feel the cold, so having no boiler, and subsequently no heating, meant getting dressed like I was going on a polar expedition! It’s a good thing I work from home. I learned at Girl Guides that layers are the best for staying warm, so I wore a t-shirt underneath the thickest jumper I own, with a fluffy cardigan on top. I also pulled on some cosy socks, and put my slippers on to keep my feet warm.
Layers of clothing are best for keeping warm.
As the day wore on, I had to break out the hat, scarf and gloves combo to stop myself from freezing. My hands were especially suffering, but I still also needed to work. I channelled my inner Fagin, and found my fingerless gloves to wear so that I could type and use my phone. I am glad that this was just a 24 hour challenge – any longer without heating and I’d be spending the days under the duvet, and work from there!
I hope that my 24 hour #noboiler challenge has highlighted the importance of having your boiler covered against boilers – being without hot water is annoying, but being without heat is just miserable in the winter. I could not wait to switch the boiler back on at the end of the day, feel the warm glow of heating again, and run a hot bath- sheer bliss.
Disclosure: A collaborative post in association with SSE