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Offline sandyb

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Re: Gas and Electricity
« Reply #15 on: July 14, 2008, 07:44:48 am »
Thanx for the headsup from all, just to make you veel less  :heeha:, we are also waiting in anticipation for our bill this month, with the increase in price and usage (had a couple of cold one's as well, guess it's the big boss preparing us for NZ ;)) have been paying extra for the past 5 mnths to get a buffer against the shock.




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Re: Gas and Electricity
« Reply #16 on: July 14, 2008, 09:18:02 am »
We're used to huge elect. and water bills, in this small freestate town we pay no less than R1500 per month in summer for water and elect.  In winter its a lot more, VERY expensive.

We just got back from a week holiday in durban thawing out our bones and we were greeted by a burst water pipe in the roof, (temps been hitting -8 while we were away) house half flooded what joy, so we are going to be getting a hectic bill for water one of these days!  Not to mention the electricity as we are running extra heaters cause the carpets are saturated and makes the house even colder  :'(

The joys of mother nature!!

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« Reply #17 on: July 14, 2008, 09:20:55 am »
Its still very cold!!!
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Re: Gas and Electricity
« Reply #18 on: July 14, 2008, 10:35:31 am »
We're used to huge elect. and water bills, in this small freestate town we pay no less than R1500 per month in summer for water and elect.  In winter its a lot more, VERY expensive.

We just got back from a week holiday in durban thawing out our bones and we were greeted by a burst water pipe in the roof, (temps been hitting -8 while we were away) house half flooded what joy, so we are going to be getting a hectic bill for water one of these days!  Not to mention the electricity as we are running extra heaters cause the carpets are saturated and makes the house even colder  :'(

The joys of mother nature!!

Sorry to hear the news Bevmac

Hopefully you can get everything sorted out soon and it won't cost too much.

(when again are you leaving to Chch next year - maybe we could go on the same flight? (We are leaving SA 2nd weekend of January at the latest).
 
P.S. At least then it will be warmer when we get there and we can gradually get use to the cold NZ weather in winter.  ;)





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Re: Gas and Electricity
« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2008, 05:10:17 pm »
Aww thanks Saturn-moon, plumber came round and sorted the burst pipe, thank goodness, at least now we can bath, do washing etc.  O0

Hubby will only be going to Christchurch around end April at this stage, but things could change, waiting on quali assessments and then will decide for sure, they have only just been submitted so quite a wait, apparantly ±6 months  :confused:





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« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2008, 07:10:03 am »
Aww thanks Saturn-moon, plumber came round and sorted the burst pipe, thank goodness, at least now we can bath, do washing etc.  O0

Hubby will only be going to Christchurch around end April at this stage, but things could change, waiting on quali assessments and then will decide for sure, they have only just been submitted so quite a wait, apparantly ±6 months  :confused:

No problem. Glad to hear you got the plumbing sorted out.

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Re: Gas and Electricity
« Reply #21 on: July 15, 2008, 10:11:04 pm »
eish Bev, hope the damage is not too bad :(

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Offline Alta van zyl

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« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2008, 05:35:10 am »
We received our electricity bill this month   :heeha:   $530.00  and we only have two oil heaters burning!  Our house doesn't even have underfloor heating and heatpumps etc.  This is a real shocker! 

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Re: Gas and Electricity
« Reply #23 on: July 16, 2008, 05:40:45 am »
Ai... :o  Daar moet fout wees!! :uglystupid2: Laat hulle dit kom oorlees of iets, complain! Wonder dan nou wat gaan myne wees....

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« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2008, 05:49:23 am »
Ek het hulle gebel, volgens die ou is dit normaal aangesien hulle 2 maande terug 'n lesing gevat het.  Ons is nou  selfs te bang om ligte aan te sit.  Tuimeldroers vat blykbaar nie baie krag nie, volgens contact so 50c per uur, maar die olie heaters kry blykbaar die skuld. 

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« Reply #25 on: July 16, 2008, 07:50:07 am »
Hey Alta, why not just move the tumble dryer into the living area and then you can kill 2 birds with one stone - get clothes dry and get the room warm at the same time!  ;D

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« Reply #26 on: July 16, 2008, 08:51:28 am »
This is a brilliant idea, will ask Gert to move it in! 

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« Reply #27 on: July 16, 2008, 08:53:18 am »
I got that idea from friends because whenever we visited them at night it was SO nice and warm in their place!

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Re: Gas and Electricity
« Reply #28 on: July 20, 2008, 10:35:35 am »
Ja, wragtag, wie sou nou daaran gedink het.   :clap: Tumble dryer in living room nice.....

We also live in a small town where elec and water is very expensive. Close to the Freestate border in the Northwest Province.  Never ever its under R1000

We will be leaving (hopefully) for NZ in February...Hoping to settle in CHCH...

can anybody tell me if chch or area have been discussed? would like to get the SA view on what its like living in CHCH
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« Reply #29 on: July 21, 2008, 12:55:54 am »
Hi Soniag, yes, there are quite a few Chch'ers here.  And it has certainly been discussed!  Just use the search function to find the topics it's been discussed in!

BTW, our bill was much less this month.  We stopped using the blow heater in our bedroom all night, and have moved it to the basement.  We only use it to warm up the basement room which we use as an office, for about an hour in the morning, an hour in the afternoon and an hour in the evening.  We have a goose-down duvet and so we are warm enough at night.  We keep the passage door open now, so that the heat from the passage can rise up into the lounge/kitchen area, and it makes a big difference.  We now only use the lounge gas-fireplace when we watch a movie up there, or for a touch of romance!  Tumble dryer gets used just as much as in the summer, and I allow the heat to filter through to the house.  The other thing we stopped though, was using the dishwasher.  I wash mostly by hand now.
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