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Old 31-08-2009, 7:20 PM
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Hi, It's the first time I'm going to actually rent my own place, and I'm just wondering what the average monthly price for gas, electric and water would be - as it's pretty much critical as to whether I can afford it or not.

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Old 31-08-2009, 7:25 PM
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Gas in winter was apx 160 (per quarter)
Gas in summer was apx 35 (per quarter)
Electric was apx 65 (per quarter)
Water was apx 55 (on a meter per quarter)

(Two bed in Sheffield)
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Thanks - does it make any difference as to where you are in the country?

(Sorry if I sound a bit clueless - just never had to do this stuff before!)

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Old 31-08-2009, 8:37 PM
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Gas and electricity prices vary regionally but not hugely. Water varies more (eg the West Country is the most expensive place in the UK for water). And of course it's colder further north so you may spend more on heating.
But the biggest variable will be your own habits. If you have half hour showers, turn the CH up to 25C and leave all the appliances on, that will outweigh any regional variations.
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Tell me about the water charges in the Southwest a total rip off, a disgusting abuse, how on earth can I use 50 WATER a month!!!!!!! and why the hell should we have to pay for the entire clean up of the coasts? In my opinion it should be spread evenly across the U.K. after all thousands come down here to use the beaches, and when the locals want to go its too bl****y cold
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I used to pay 69 a month for water. Have moved about 5 mins away and now pay 29. Who knows why!

We live in a 2 bed in Leeds, electric only and pay 45 a month electric, 29 for water.
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Two bed Bradford 34 electric, 20ish water but we are VERY careful.
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Two bed London 20 gas, 23 electricity (always end up with a small credit). I work from home though so use more but I am also very careful. Water is on rates at 28 a month.
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Cheers guys, the last message has definitely given me some hope as Im looking at flats in south east London. But even witht he most expensive figures quoted here, it still works out cheaper a month with bills included to rent a flat then it is to go back to the (overpriced) uni accommodation!

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unfortunately I am also in the same boat. Lookin for a two bed apartment, but with prices goin over 1100 pcm, I was also wondering how much the utility bills will affect the monthly cost of the house; but reading from elsewhere, its seems to be around 30 each for gas, electricity and water.
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unfortunately I am also in the same boat. Lookin for a two bed apartment, but with prices goin over 1100 pcm, I was also wondering how much the utility bills will affect the monthly cost of the house; but reading from elsewhere, its seems to be around 30 each for gas, electricity and water.
fairly reasonable place to start, things to look out for that will affect you are how well insulated a place is -base the above on a well insulated place with double glazing in all windows, if you're looking around somewhere dated with single glazed windows/any noticable draught/feels particularly cold in any part that poor insulation will cost a fair bit more (start from +50pcm for a smallish problem).

Also if you should avoid 'all electric' places if you're worried about bills as they can be 100-120 pcm on electricity and even then you have to be very very careful with how your electric heating is setup
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fairly reasonable place to start, things to look out for that will affect you are how well insulated a place is -base the above on a well insulated place with double glazing in all windows, if you're looking around somewhere dated with single glazed windows/any noticable draught/feels particularly cold in any part that poor insulation will cost a fair bit more (start from +50pcm for a smallish problem).

Also if you should avoid 'all electric' places if you're worried about bills as they can be 100-120 pcm on electricity and even then you have to be very very careful with how your electric heating is setup
Pretty sound advice there. The age of your flat can make a difference too as some older buildings can be a lot colder. If you go for a nice looking place with period features you'll likely end up paying more on heating. Open fire places are a killer unless you actually use them regularly.
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