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So.... time has passed - we've been living in a mud bath while the contractors dig a moat around our houses to run the pipes but... a week or two ago we were switched to the new communal boiler
The David Lynch Memorial Biomass Boiler and Hostage Facility
After a bit of vagary about what the deal with us being connected was it became clear that the motivation from the landlords point of view is for us to use heat as freely and frequently as we can, based on, as suspected, them gaining subsidy for the metered heat delivered so the deal that was struck was we calculated our oil use of a year (approx £1k for us, some of our neighbours were paying nearer to £3k in smaller houses) and the 'less than oil' price was set at £600pa (£50/month).... for as much or as little heat as we actually use - a bargain for us, a remarkable bargain for some of the other folk.
So now we heat the house differently and its changed the character of the place - getting some heat into the concrete floors downstairs particularly. A much better hot water supply too as our old system was sort of a mix of on-demand and a small tank and could run neither a bath or a shower with much reliability.
It's also made the house quieter, the individual oil boilers we had were terrifically noisy - we never had ours set on timer as if it came on at night it would wake us up. In fact in the court yard pretty much everyones existing boilers pegged out during the last week or two before the switch over.
I remember as I was growing up I had a mental image of what being grown up would be like and pictured the kind of house I might live in and cars I might drive, then after a term at college I mentally drew a line threw all that and replaced all my ambitions with 'anything really so long as I can have warm bathroom'. Well, nearly a quarter of a century later.... my lifetimes ambition is realised. I'm now condemned to drift aimlessly with no further goals in life.