An Irish man is reliving the moment he discovered he left the immersion on for seven years.
Keith Doyle who is living in London, realised with the help of a neighbour that his immersion had been on since 2016.
I'm in complete meltdown...just realised our immersion has been ON FOR SEVEN YEARS !!! Lovely neighbour pointed it out. For an Irish person this is literally the worst thing that could ever happen !!!
— Keith Doyle (@keithmdoyle) January 19, 2022
He explained to Dermot and Dave on Today FM how he came to the realisation:
"I'm the same as most of you - I was brought up in mortal fear of leaving the immersion on. It was the worst thing you could ever possibly do.
"We moved into this house seven years ago, I didn't even know we had an immersion.
"There was a switch by the boiler and I thought it was keeping the boiler on. And one of the neighbours was in - and we have one of those smart meters - he said 'your meter is quite high, is your immersion on?'
"I was like 'no, no I don't have an immersion'.
He goes, 'no - we have the same house - you do. It's the switch by the boiler.
"I'm like, 'Oh my god'. I had to quickly run upstairs thinking 30 seconds was going to make a difference after seven years."
He said he believed the hot water was coming from a gas boiler, but did think the water "was quite hot" all of the time.