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Ragdoll Lady

66 months ago

Could you survive without central heating and hot water during the winter months?
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Two years ago our heating and hot water system broke down and we couldnt afford to get it fixed. We had the autumn and winter months without any central heating or hot water. We had to boil all our water on the stove or in the kettle and had to have a full wash standing in about two inches of water in the bath. Bliss was once a week sitting in the bath and having your partner constantly pouring saucepans of hot water over you. It reminded us of cowboy times (just hope we didnt smell like we had been on the range for a couple of months)! We wore layers of clothes around the house and thick socks and fingerless gloves. We made sure all the curtains were closed at dusk and only put on the electric fire and the heater lent to us in the lounge at night. We would go to bed early and huddle under the electric blanket which really did keep us warm.
The hardest thing was getting the washing dry or wet days when I had to rig up a clothes horse indoors and put the electric fire on.
We survived it with fairly good humour and it makes you realise how lucky you are to have a warm house with hot water. But only 60 years ago most homes only had ascot heaters for hot water and coal fires.
Do you think you could survive a winter with no central heating and no hot water on demand?
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peter91

  66 months ago
For me the lack of "instant" hot water would be the greater hardship , we've got a useful collection of plug in electic radiators and thankfully our home is quite good at retaining heat .....although the last two winters have been the most prolonged / severe I can remember since I was a lad ( many moons ago ).........
As for hot water ...... think we all more or less take it for granted these days but thinking back I can remember my mother having to boil in in the kettle ........ at least some things are better these days then ? lol
I love to soak in a hot bath at least once a week during the winter months ......showers are ideal in the warmer months but when it get's colder a hot bath is perfect for warming the muscles up !
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callowyouth

  66 months ago
I am not sure but if I had to I suppose I would - I will be keeping my fingers crossed that I do not have to cross that bridge. I think like you it would be missing washing myself thoroughly and getting the washing dry that would be the hardest.
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Catlady47

  66 months ago
Brrrrrrrr no chance!!! .
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charmed5

  66 months ago
well first thing i would like to say is no i couldnt but if i had too for a few days out of no choice then i would but it is hard not been out from it longer than few days and i agree central heating is taken for granted
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carsonsmummy

  66 months ago
my mum and dad survive without it all year round. they cannot afford to have central heating installed and their emersion heater broke about 7 years ago. They run baths by filling cold water a good few hours before hand and then topping up with kettles until warm enough to jump in and out. I don't think I could live like them NOW but having said that when we were kids (in that same house) we never had the heating, just a stand alone heater in the hall upstairs and the gas fire in the living room, and often couldn't afford the electric to put the emersion heater on for a bath so reverted the old kettles again! It was a way of life. No harm has come of it. My hubby thinks it cried poverty. I disagree, we were a struggling family who made the most of what we had. We had so much fun on the nights where the leccy had run out completely and we'd sit in the living room with candles playing cards. best days of my life where my childhood ... xx
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ToriHorobin

  66 months ago
No way! I am too much of a whimp and can easily get cold. I struggle then to warm up and I become a miserable person.
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laurenmc89

  66 months ago
i could probably survive without heating as you can always wrap up - also i live in a cottage so even with the heating on it is cold!
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Kevakazi

  66 months ago
I've lived without central heating the past 2 winters. The reason being i cannot afford all my bills plus gas on top of it and i'll be without central heating again this winter. I just have to wear layers of clothes and sit in a blanket. However i do have a lovely hot shower so during the winter i make sure i have as many showers as possible during the day lol. I always think there are people that are sleeping rough with nothing so really i have a lot to be thankful for.
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thepainuk

  66 months ago
i lived in a caravan for 2 years,a bit of a battered one at that !,and in winter the gas used to freeze sometimes,so no heating,didnt have a running water supply,but the farmer whose land i was on was brilliant,he used to bring some water up to me when the tap in the field froze and ran an extension lead for about quater of a mile from one of his sheds to my caravan,so at least i could have a little heat and electricity so i could boil some water,i have to admit i enjoyed being there even in the harsh times and the farmer was a great help and a really good person and he wouldn`t accept a penny from me which was very humbling.i just put many layers of clothing on lived on stews and tea.
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Milly2108

  66 months ago
If it were a must i think we could survive without heating with jumpers.socks.gloves ect but we would not be able to function without hot water with 3 small children and ourselves. hopefully it will never be a problem for us although we are having to be so much more careful with using the heating lately due to costs! x
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