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    • yellow218
    • By yellow218 3rd Oct 16, 6:28 PM
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    Energy usage/bills
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    • 3rd Oct 16, 6:28 PM
    Energy usage/bills 3rd Oct 16 at 6:28 PM
    Hi all

    Been trying to get our energy bills down for a while, slowly but surely all the little things are adding up. Well for the electricity anyway. But gas, not so much. It appears that our usage is always higher that the estimate on the bill. Bearing in mind it's still summer (OK, maybe not summer, but it is at least summery) we don't have the heating on. So gas is just for hot water and cooking on the hob, therefore I would suggest usage should be fairly consistent. But that doesn't seem to be the pattern, or at least not in the suppliers estimates.

    I appreciate a combo boiler may be more cost effective in the long run, but I don't really want to fork out for a replacement right now.

    Maybe we have the hot water setting on too much? We have it on in the early morning and early evening but off during the day. What would be considered as 'normal' settings? Any other ideas on how I can bring down the energy bills?

    Thanks in advance.
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    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 14th Oct 16, 3:57 PM
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    When our new boiler was fitted, earlier this year, the plumber advised us to set the water temperature at 56oC. That sounded low to me but it has been absolutely fine, no issues at all.
    Last edited by Smodlet; 18-10-2016 at 12:30 PM.
    What is this life, if, sweet wordsmith, we have no time to take the pith?

    Every stew starts with the first onion.

    I took it upon myself to investigate a trifle; it had custard, jelly, soggy sponge things...
    • choccyface2006
    • By choccyface2006 14th Oct 16, 6:34 PM
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    This may sound very naive. But what exactly are dryer balls, and how do they save you money?
    Originally posted by yellow218
    Hi, they are knobbly rubber balls that heat up in your tumble dryer, as they move between your wet washing they help dry it out, thus reducing drying time and fluff up towels!

    Have a look on Amazon, I bought some for just a few £ delivered.

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    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 15th Oct 16, 10:50 AM
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    Don't they make your laundry smell of burning tyres? Heating rubber sounds like a load of balls to me
    What is this life, if, sweet wordsmith, we have no time to take the pith?

    Every stew starts with the first onion.

    I took it upon myself to investigate a trifle; it had custard, jelly, soggy sponge things...
    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 15th Oct 16, 8:21 PM
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    Don't they make your laundry smell of burning tyres? Heating rubber sounds like a load of balls to me
    Originally posted by Smodlet
    They don't, thankfully! Personally I didn't find they really did anything either, though!
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    • choccyface2006
    • By choccyface2006 16th Oct 16, 8:03 AM
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    Don't they make your laundry smell of burning tyres? Heating rubber sounds like a load of balls to me
    Originally posted by Smodlet
    Thankfully not but I've yet to use them so don't really know if they will work yet, the reviews were good though
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    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 16th Oct 16, 1:54 PM
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    EH, choccyface, you guys rock.

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    What is this life, if, sweet wordsmith, we have no time to take the pith?

    Every stew starts with the first onion.

    I took it upon myself to investigate a trifle; it had custard, jelly, soggy sponge things...
    • Coffeekup
    • By Coffeekup 16th Oct 16, 7:11 PM
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    I had the very same issue a few years ago, and had me sracthing my head for over 2 years.
    You even said it yourself, but not realize the issue, and am suprized no one else has seen it.... "But that doesn't seem to be the pattern, or at least not in the suppliers estimates."

    Easy way.... Get a smart reader, bye bye estimates.

    More intersting way if u like soreadsheets. Pay attention to your meter readings yourself. I take mine on the first of every month and calculate what I used for both gas and electric every month. I'm usually right within a few pence. Then give yourself a projected use and cost over the next 2 years. So u may find out you use £720 a year for both. So that's a £100 a month, and you want to get back in credit by a certain timeline, you can then pay say £130 a month to get it cleared.

    If you don't manage your money, no one else will.
    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 18th Oct 16, 12:49 PM
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    Coffekup is right on the money, I do this too, without even a spreadsheet, just pencil, paper and calculator. One thing, though, £720 a year is £60.00 per month... £100 per month would be £1200 a year and far too high to be paying.

    There are a number of collective switches (not MSE ones) imminent, according to fredandwilma. Check out their posts if you are interested.
    What is this life, if, sweet wordsmith, we have no time to take the pith?

    Every stew starts with the first onion.

    I took it upon myself to investigate a trifle; it had custard, jelly, soggy sponge things...
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