Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.

Natural gas central heating in our house. We've had to use it for half an hour a few times because the new house is badly insulated - single glazing on a north facing bedroom is a bad idea - and we haven't had the time or the free cash flow (still waiting to sell other house!) to fix it.

Since I'm here all the time we try to keep the occupied areas - all on the north facing side of the house - at about 15-17C or so.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Oct 17th, 2007 at 04:02:49 AM EST
You know I always have been amazed by those single pane windows in the UK and apparently Ireland. I saw new buildings in the UK 3 years ago that still have them.

We always had them. I do remember, because as a kid, every year my grandmother did a big spring cleaning. That involed my grandfather have to unscrew the frame so my grandmother, my mother and me could clean the panes on the inside. Today there is a vacuum between the panes,  so you can not open them anymore and just have to clean them on the in- and outside.

The old houses had also second window panes, that used to be taken off in summer and put in the attic.

by Fran on Wed Oct 17th, 2007 at 04:16:16 AM EST
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Just cheapness: 15 years ago it wasn't obligatory so it wasn't done. Now it is obligatory on new builds so you can't buy a single glazed house.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Oct 17th, 2007 at 04:50:52 AM EST
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