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British Gas Meter Readings.

British Gas Meter Readings.

Warning: Reality Check for Utility Providers, the whole of the UK is not going to be using the same amount of Gas or Electricity prior to the Price Hikes and therefore do not go by past usage and only go by current usage moving forward. British Gas is purposely putting people in debt.

As a lot of our loyal readers already know I had a bit of a ding dong with British Gas the other day, so bravely today I decided to give them another call. https://disabledentrepreneur.uk/chris-oshea-ceo-of-centrica-and-british-gas-earns-775k-whilst-the-vulnerable-suffer/

Excited at the fact that I had only used 8 units in the last two weeks which equates to £20.07, according to the customer service advisor I spoke to today, yet my payment plan has not changed and is still asking for £190 per month even though I am going to be using £40 worth of Gas moving forward. (See screenshots of my meter readings below).

According to ‘British Gas’, they calculate past data of usage and I have said in the past I had my central heating on 24/7 other than the summer months, but I am going to be using the bare minimum moving forward.

It was like talking to a brick wall and I have been told that perhaps the payment plan would be adjusted in 6 months but not before. This is forcing people to go into debt.

So hypothetically speaking, if my predicted usage will be £40 per month moving forward x 6 months left of this year which would equate to £240 but British Gas wants me to pay £190 per month x 6 months which equates to £1,140, minus what I owe = £368 & usage £240 gives a final total of £532 overpayment.

I suppose the surplus money in their bank making interest is better than it is in yours.

Now the way my plan has been calculated is for the past years’ usage rather than usage in the future even though I have proved it will be lower as I do not plan to cook, use hot water or turn the central heating on.

So today I am still nowhere near closure and it is causing me considerable distress. https://disabledentrepreneur.uk/emotional-distress-compensation/

If what I owe is £368 and say next month’s bill comes to £40 per month based on my new meter reading on the (15/06/22) x 3 months = £120 + £368 = £488 that I would owe and if British Gas wants £190 x 3 months = £570, that would mean I would overpay £82.00

Yet they are saying “the computer says no” scenario ‘Little Britain’ quote.

I also asked the question today about what support they have for mental health and the vulnerable and this is what I was told:

  • A payment plan (which we cannot agree on and they refuse to spread over 36 months but in the past they have). This is intimidation.
  • A pre-payment meter (that is for people who cannot pay on time and I refuse to have one for health reasons – read the following: https://disabledentrepreneur.uk/how-safe-are-smart-meters-for-your-health/
  • The Charity ‘British Gas Trust’ is a joke and I would not waste time donating or asking for donations because British Gas does not support the vulnerable, (notice I am not giving this company a backlink in this article).
  • Contact Stepchange which is a third-party charity and is not exactly supported by British Gas, they give financial advice because I advertise Stepchange.org on my useful links page.

So their support for me personally is as useful as a chocolate fireguard.

It was further confirmed that British Gas does not support people with Mental Health other than what has been mentioned above.

This is how condescending companies are because I did not agree to the £190, British Gas expects me to get financial advice “hello, is anyone listening? I do not need financial advice”. I know what my usage is going to be moving forward.

This is what Citizens Advice says: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/energy/energy-supply/get-help-paying-your-bills/getting-extra-support-from-your-energy-supplier/ May I also add nothing in the following PDF was offered to me other than what I have listed above.

How-energy-companies-can-support-people-who-are-struggling-this-winter_-good-practice-guide-for-energy-suppliers-and-networks-V.6-March-21

I also stated I need to keep my home warm in the winter months to prevent black mold from growing as my daughter has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and if I cannot afford to pay the astronomical prices British Gas’ is charging and I fail to turn my heating on which would cause a domino effect and my daughter relapsed from the ‘Black Mold Spores’, then someone would have to be held accountable.

Like I said in my article yesterday “if you do not have the extra money, to begin with, how are you supposed to find the extra money to pay the greedy corporate companies that make a profit on the back of your vulnerabilities”?

Below are screenshots of the meter readings.

Meter Reading 31/05/22

Meter Reading 15/06/22

When I pay this company off I am going to switch providers and not recommend this provider to anyone. If any utility company refuses to spread the costs with affordable payment plans and is unreasonable with zero support for your disabilities then you should take action.

They should at least offer you breathing space to give you the time to find the money. I have proven with photographic evidence that my usage is now going to be lower.

I begrudge helping a company that makes money off me or anyone else in a vulnerable position and who is disabled. If I thought any company was worth a good review and marketing I would consider partnering with them, but I do not in this case because they have caused emotional distress which in turn has made my mental health worse.

#britishgas #britishgasmeterreadings #paymentplans #mentalhealth #mentalhealthsupport

Black Mold & Multiple Sclerosis Connection.

New Study Shows Mold Triggers Brain Inflammation and can cause Multiple Sclerosis.

Black mold is dangerous and living in conditions where spores are present can lead to serious health conditions. Often people do not put two and two together and realize that their health has declined to poor living conditions.

Estimates vary, but in the US studies have shown up to 85 percent of building inspected had past water damage.

A new study found that people affected by mold illness experienced:

  • Brain inflammation in the hippocampus is the area of the brain that governs memory, learning, and the sleep-wake cycle.
  • Decreased neurogenesis, or the formation of new brain cells.
  • Impaired memory.
  • Increased sensitivity to pain.
  • Increased anxiety.

https://carolinatotalwellness.com/blog/index.php/2020/01/13/new-study-shows-mold-triggers-brain-inflammation/

Can dampness and mold affect my health?

The presence of mold in your home most definitely can cause you to become chronically ill. Dampness and mold are more likely to cause respiratory problems and autoimmune disorders as well as respiratory infections, allergies, or asthma.

Damp and mold can also affect the immune system which can cause multiple sclerosis and other immune disorders.

Who’s affected?

Some people are more susceptible than others, including:

  • babies and children
  • elderly people
  • those with existing skin problems, such as eczema
  • those with respiratory problems, such as allergies and asthma
  • those with a weakened immune system, such as those having chemotherapy, Lemtrada Alemtuzumab.

These people should stay away from dampness and mold.

How does it affect your health?

Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause an allergic reaction), irritants, and, sometimes, toxic substances.

Inhaling or touching mold spores may cause an allergic reaction, such as sneezing, a runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. Molds can also cause asthma attacks.

By coincidence, asthma is something the tenant below me suffered from before moving out and ironically my daughter has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I highly doubt this to be a coincidence.

Causes of damp and mold

Mold and dampness are caused by excess moisture, such as poorly heated homes, and old houses. Moisture in buildings can be caused by leaking pipes, rising damp in basements or ground floors, or rain seeping in because of damage to the roof or around wooden window frames, which are single-glazed.

“So when the gas company stated I use more gas than the average household, it is to try and keep my home warm to stop the condensation from forming more mold which is a health hazard”.

Simply saying wash it down with hot soapy water and bleach it, is just a temporary measure because it will eventually come back. Besides the spores can be airborne and you may not necessarily see you have a problem until they start growing on your walls, windows, and furniture.

A newly built home may be damp if the water used when building it is still drying out – for example, in the plaster on the walls.

Excess moisture indoors can also be caused by condensation. Having your landlord tell you to open a window to release the condensation is not practical especially if it is cold and raining outside and in the winter months.

You must access where the mold or dampness is coming from and why you have excess moisture in your home. When you know what’s causing the dampness, you can make sure your home is repaired or take steps to limit the moisture in the air.

Remember if you live on a rented property, always take photographs of the mold and the damage to your personal belongings. This is particularly important for litigation evidence.

When removing the mold listening to your landlord advising you to wash it down with soapy water is a health hazard because he/she is telling you to deal with the problem rather than him/her dealing with it themselves.

If you have been diagnosed with autoimmune disease whilst living in a property covered with black mold there may be grounds to sue your landlord/lady, especially if you have made them aware of the issue and they have done nothing about it.

If the area of the mold is large you may need to get a professional to remove the mold for you, but if it’s only a small amount you may be able to remove it yourself, providing you are in good health. if your landlord/lady insists you deal with the mold by washing it down with bleach and soapy water and they are aware you have health issues you have grounds for litigation.

https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/lifestyle/can-damp-and-mould-affect-my-health/

Invasive Mold Infections

People, especially those with weakened immune systems, can develop invasive mold infections days to weeks after exposure to fungi that live in the environment.

Exposure to indoor mold that grows as a result of water damage may increase this risk.

These infections are:

  • Rare
  • Typically caused by Aspergillus, but can also be caused by other types of mold, such as mucormycosis
  • Difficult to diagnose
  • Often life-threatening

Risk Factors

These include people who:

  • Have had a transplant, especially hematopoietic stem cell transplants
  • Have cancer, especially hematologic cancers like leukemia and lymphoma
  • Are undergoing cancer treatment (chemotherapy)
  • Are taking medications that weaken the immune system, such as corticosteroids and biologics

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms can vary depending on the patient, the type of mold, and the part of the body affected, but often include the following:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Night sweats
  • Weight loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sinus symptoms
  • Dark scabs, blisters, or ulcers on the skin
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Brain Inflammation
  • Asthma
  • Skin Problems such as eczema
  • Respitorary problems

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing an invasive mold infection requires multiple diagnostic tests. The results of these tests should be interpreted in the context of each specific patient. These tests include:

  • Culture of specimens from the affected area (such as bronchoalveolar lavage [BAL]), which is often used to detect lung infections)
  • Biopsy of the suspected body part affected to obtain a sample for fungal culture and histopathology
  • Imaging of the affected part of the body (e.g., chest computed tomography [CT] for respiratory symptoms)
  • Blood tests (such as Aspergillus galactomannan), which are primarily used in immunocompromised patients

Starting treatment early can help prevent deaths.

Treatment includes antifungal medications and, in some cases, urgent surgery.

Consider consulting an infectious diseases specialist to help with diagnosis and treatment.

Prevention and Patient Resources

After major flooding or other exposure to water damage and mold, talk with your immunocompromised patients about how to protect themselves from mold:

  • Mold grows where there is moisture, usually within 24-48 hours of flooding. Even if it is not visible, it is often present.
  • Immunocompromised people should not enter moldy buildings or help clean up the mold.
    • If it is impossible for people with weakened immune systems to avoid a moldy building, they should talk with their doctor and consider wearing an N-95 respirator inside the building. Remind patients that this will still not fully protect them from becoming exposed to mold, but may reduce their risk.
  • If there is mold in your patient’s home, someone who is healthy and able should clean it up and fix any water problems.
  • Healthy people who clean up mold or spend time in areas affected by mold should wear full protective clothing including an N95 respirator, gloves, boots, long pants, and long sleeves. An N95 respirator alone may not fully protect people from becoming exposed to mold and becoming sick.

https://www.cdc.gov/mold/invasive-mold-infections.htm

#risingdamp #blackmold #dodgylandlords #treatingblackmold #backmoldandmultiplesclerosis #multiplesclerosis #braininflammation