Couple Who Hadn’t Paid For Gas In 18 Years Left In Shock After Receiving £11,000 Bill


They haven’t paid their gas bill in 18 years!

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Envision a life free from the burden of bill payments. The dream.

That money saver, however, became one Staffordshire couple’s worst nightmare.

When Lee Haynes, 44, and Jo Woodley, 45, moved into their Tamworth house in 2005, they started working on all the vital things right away.


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No, they’re not measuring for the ideal couch to spend endless hours on Netflix; rather, they’re organising their maintenance costs.

But it seems like they were unable to locate the gas.

They have documents from their housing association and National Grid from 2006 attesting to their difficulty in locating the gas supply.

When Lee and Jo contacted their Ombudsman, they say they were urged to wait for a response.

The couple stopped asking about it since no one could manage to figure out who was in charge of the gas supply.

However, after 18 years, the couple is now dealing with an enormous bill of around £11,000.

For Lee, this is the realisation of his “worst fears.”

He said: “It was very strange. After a few months we had bills for everything but not gas. 

“I was worried about suddenly getting a big bill – so I tried really hard to find out who was supplying our gas.

“The guy from the housing association tried all the suppliers they work with and said he didn’t know what to do.

“When the ombudsman said just to keep the paperwork and leave it that’s exactly what we did.”

Gas supplier Cadent wrote to Lee and Jo in March of 2023, expressing their want to inspect the house’s supply.

This was followed three months later by the shocker.

They owed £10,824.87 for gas used between 2005 and 2023, according to the letter.

The pair still doesn’t know who provided the gas, but according to an official invoice they received, they had 30 days to pay the amount.

Lee said: “I just don’t understand. The 1986 Gas Act says they can recover costs if I’m at fault but I’m not. Who would write in their calendar every year to try and find out who’s providing gas to their home?

“We just got on with living there – like we were told to. I did everything I could. I didn’t want to just let the problem go. After two years of trying really hard to find our supplier and trying to pay British Gas, we were told there was nothing we could do.

“It would be fair enough to bill us if I hadn’t tried, but they can’t really expect me to keep trying for 18 years. There has to be shared responsibility for this.”

A spokesperson from Cadent said: “Whilst Cadent are not a gas supplier, as part of our gas transportation license we have an obligation to investigate and use our reasonable endeavours to recover the cost of any gas used outside of a supplier contract.

“Whilst we cannot comment on individual cases, we must stress we have a specialist team who are on hand to offer help and support to customers who are required to make a repayment.”

Lee and Jo have since signed up with a major energy firm.

Experts Advise Brits On The “Exact Date” to Switch On Their Heating

Who knows what will happen at this point, but it appears to be the end of summer already. I mean, at this point, that assertion sounds repetitive.

But there is no doubting that the temperature is dropping. The battle over when to turn on the heating is about to begin, as we all know.

There will always be that one housemate who turns it on the moment they notice a breeze in the warm air. Then there’s the flatmate who won’t even consider turning on the light until you can all see your breath and shiver yourself to sleep.

On the precise day we should be doing it, though, some heating experts have now weighed in.

They provided advice on how long we should wait before cranking on the heat using Met Office data from the previous five years.

When the outdoor temperature falls below 15°C, the NHS suggests turning on your heating to at least 18°C.

It is not anticipated that temperatures would rise above 15°C after this date. But it’s important to keep in mind how erratic the British weather can be.

They predict that if we continue to experience warm weeks in autumn, we might avoid turning it on until 2 November.

Although there isn’t a perfect moment to turn on the heat, research from BestHeating’s Jess Steele indicates that as the temperature drops below 15°C, usually in the middle of October, it is better to do so because we feel the cold more.

Even the hardiest among us will have their heating on by the end of the month to stay warm because more temperature drops are anticipated.

Additionally, Jess offered some tips for save money when turning on the heat.

“The average thermostat setting in the UK is 20.8°C, but 18°C should keep you warm enough during the colder months,” she stated. This can result in a fuel cost savings of up to 10%, or roughly £80.

Turning the thermostat down by one degree Celsius and observing how you feel is a clever approach to determine if the heating is too warm.

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The expert also suggested not wasting energy when you weren’t at home by heating only the rooms that were actually being used.

Now it’s only up to you to choose whether to heed this advice, switch it on the moment you have to don a hoodie, or wait until everyone in the house is arguing over it.



It’s so simple!

Have you ever wondered why your sink is underneath the window when you’re doing the dishes?

UK-based homeowner thought of this very thing when visiting Reddit.

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She penned: “Planning a kitchen renovation, and realised we can easily move the kitchen sink away from the window to give us more usable counter space.”

“Then I realised, I’ve never seen a kitchen sink that isn’t in front of a window.”

She continued by asking whether there was a specific explanation, and soon the comments section was overrun with responses.

A professional at KDCUK explained: “The simple reason why kitchen sinks have traditionally been placed under the window is that the window is, obviously, on an outside wall.”

“In terms of plumbing, using as short a waste pipe as possible from the sink to the drains is not only the most effective but also the cheapest, solution.”

They added: “It’s also because it’s where the most natural light comes through. Plus if you wash by hand plates dry quicker. This is a hang over before the dishwasher.”

The appreciative woman responded: “Makes perfect sense. Thankfully, the opposite end of the kitchen also has drains and plumbing, just no windows.”

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And the sink revelation blew people’s minds… 

“Woaahh that’s crazy! Thanks for sharing that,” wrote one.

A second commented: “Lol omg I always thought it was so housewives could send the kids out to play and watch them while she washed up!

Idk why I though that though, nobody has ever said that to me now that I think about it.”

Meanwhile, a third added: “Never occurred to me but now I am visualising everyone I know and there sink.”

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Woman Converts Old Boeing 727 Aeroplane Into Her Dream Home

In the face of adversity, some individuals find the most extraordinary ways to rise again. Meet Jo Ann Ussery, a woman whose indomitable spirit led her to transform a seemingly doomed Boeing 727 into a one-of-a-kind home after losing everything to a devastating fire.

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The old passenger plane was destined for the scrapyard until it caught the eye of Jo Ann. Undeterred by its apparent fate, she seized the opportunity and acquired the retired aircraft, shipping it to a plot of land she owned, where her extraordinary journey would take flight.


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Jo Ann dedicated six months of her life to breathe new life into the retired aircraft armed with her skills and creativity. She turned the plane’s hollow shell into a comfortable abode that would soon soar above expectations with the modest budget of just $30,000.

When the transformation was complete the Boeing 727 was a fully-functioning home, boasting three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and even an unexpected twist—a hot tub right where the cockpit once sat.

From 1995 to 1999, Jo Ann called the transformed plane her home, living amid the wings and fuselage.

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Sadly while the plane was being moved for public display the beloved Boeing 727 met an untimely end however the story has inspired others to create something similar.


For example a couple who have turned another Boeing 727 into a hotel that you can stay at in Costa Rica. With beautiful wooden interiors and incredible views you can book your stay into the plane and experience the fantastic renovation for yourself.

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Step into a world of wonder with two beautifully appointed bedrooms and explore beyond the suite’s walls lies a captivating jungle.

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As part of this exceptional resort, you’ll find yourself surrounded by pools that invite you to unwind and soak up the tropical ambiance and when hunger strikes, indulge in the flavors of the sea at two remarkable restaurants, where traditional seafood dishes take center stage, satisfying even the most discerning palate.


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So, come aboard this unique haven where luxury meets the wild, and create unforgettable memories amidst the beauty of nature and the allure of aviation. Your extraordinary journey awaits!