HC Deb 23 January 1981 vol 997 cc251-2W
Mr. Cartwright

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is his estimate of the current annual cost of heating a medium-sized living room and providing hot water for a family of two adults using (a) standard electricity tariff, (b) off-peak electricity and (c) gas.

Mr. Norman Lamont

The cost of providing hot water for a family of two and heating a medium sized living room varies according to many factors, including consumer habits, the level of heating, type of house, insulation and local conditions. However, an indication of annual fuel costs for heating a living room 12 hours per day and providing 150 gallons of hot water per week under representative conditions in London can be obtained from the following estimates:

£ per year
Annual fuel costs using:
(a) Standard domestic electricity tariff (excluding standing charge) 250
(b) Off-peak electricity (including extra standing charge) 150
(c) Gas (including the whole of the standing charge and extra cost of initial units which may however be paid already if gas is used for other purposes) 100

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