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sassybabee33
Old 17-03-2008, 7:48 AM
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Default What is the average electricity units per day?

I have searched on the internet and cant seem to find anything! We are currently using 18 units on the normal rate , and 4 units on the night time. We dont use a dishwasher,use tumble dryer maybe once a week(if that,try to dry as much on clothes horse/radiators when their on!)
We have an immersion heater for our hot water,which goes on for 20-30 mins in the evening.Everything else is gas.
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Old 17-03-2008, 8:19 AM
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The average UK electricity consumption for houses with gas for heating is 3,300 kWh(units) a year. Approx 9 units a day.

So at 22 units a day you are using twice the UK average.

It is also very unlikely that using 18% (4 night/18 day) at night that it is worth you being on an Economy 7 tariff as you pay more for all your daytime electricity.

Why use an immersion heater(especially in the evening!) when you have gas?
Gas is much cheaper!
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Old 17-03-2008, 8:28 AM
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I use 9 - 10 units a day.

Me and my husband are in the house pretty much 24/7. We work from home so have computer x2, tv, radio, lights on all day. No tumble dryer.

Your usage sounds quite high.
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Old 17-03-2008, 1:08 PM
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Just reading this forum and thought I'd do a check on how much we use in our home, I'm not sure if I calculated right but I worked it out to be around 29 units per day.
That's got to be wrong if all the above are anything to go by, we have gas heating so how could it be so high?
Wodering if something is wrong with the new meter as we had it changed from prepay to monthly direct debit just before christmas.
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Old 17-03-2008, 1:26 PM
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Just reading this forum and thought I'd do a check on how much we use in our home, I'm not sure if I calculated right but I worked it out to be around 29 units per day.
That's got to be wrong if all the above are anything to go by, we have gas heating so how could it be so high?
Wodering if something is wrong with the new meter as we had it changed from prepay to monthly direct debit just before christmas.
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When you say calculated, do you mean present reading minus reading 24 hours earlier?
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Old 17-03-2008, 1:33 PM
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I already had my latest gas and electric bill out as I was in the process of searching mse with a view to switching providers, basicall my electric bill shows as:
953 kwh used over 32 days and 110 kwh used over 4 days
average of this is 29.53 kwh over 36 days.
please tell me I'm doing it wrong
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Old 17-03-2008, 2:03 PM
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We have always used the immersion for hot water since we moved in 4 years ago( landlord told us this is how we warm up the water)
Our central heating control has a timer, but we cannot just switch to just water/just heating its both. Which is a pain having to keep turning the valves on and off each day,so thus, been using immersion!
Just switched off every appliance in the house,and switched the immersion on, nearly had a fit at the speed it sped round! Had a worry it was the old fridge and freezer we had, but its obviously not!
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Don't forget that the figure Cardew quoted is an average. Some people will be higher than that some will be lower.
Also it is winter: you will have the lights on more, you will be using the tumbler more, cooking different meals, even running the gas central heating will use more electricity.
Over the last 60 days my "average" has been 14.8, in the summer it will be lower than that.
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Old 17-03-2008, 3:12 PM
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We have always used the immersion for hot water since we moved in 4 years ago( landlord told us this is how we warm up the water)
Our central heating control has a timer, but we cannot just switch to just water/just heating its both. Which is a pain having to keep turning the valves on and off each day,so thus, been using immersion!
Just switched off every appliance in the house,and switched the immersion on, nearly had a fit at the speed it sped round! Had a worry it was the old fridge and freezer we had, but its obviously not!
Most Immersions are 3kW. So if you have it on for 20 minutes it will use 1kWh. If you have it on longer it will switch itself off /on as it is thermostatically controlled.

You have a strange CH system that won't allow you to have hot water only.
Even so if you are using the CH for radiators you should still have it for both HW and heating as it is much cheaper to heat water. That applies even if that means the HW is on for hours, once the tank is full of HW it will not use any more gas.

In summer shut off the Heating by using the valves and still use gas - or get a timer and have your immersion heater on at night using the cheap economy 7.
If your tank is lagged it will stay hot.
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I already had my latest gas and electric bill out as I was in the process of searching mse with a view to switching providers, basicall my electric bill shows as:
953 kwh used over 32 days and 110 kwh used over 4 days
average of this is 29.53 kwh over 36 days.
please tell me I'm doing it wrong
Doing what wrong?

If that consumption is correct, and not based on estimated meter readings, you are using a lot of electricity.

As moonrakerz states, you will use more in the winter, but you are likely to use about 3 times the UK average.
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Between 02/11/06 and 06/12/07 I used 7256KWh in electric. That is over 399 days so around 18.2 units per day.

I live in a 2 bed mid terraced, full GCH, no immersion. TV(Sky/DVD) on from about 9am to 12pm, (mainly for background noise during day) Elec Cooker (Energy rating A) 2 fridge freezers (1 rated A the other rated C) Kitchen light on all day and night for dog, bathroom light on all day and night for kids, Computer on 4-5 hours in the evening, plus kids portable TV 2-3 hours at night.

Don't think that is too bad.

We have to have lights on most of the time as our house has small windows ans is facing the wrong way to allow enough natural light in.
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Old 18-03-2008, 2:05 AM
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Just to clarify about our electric useage. Although we are now using 10 units a day we have made a real effort to do this. Our lights are all energy saving and we take weekly readings and if it goes above 70 units a week we will spend the next week turning things off etc to reduce the useage again.

Our heating and hot water is all gas(use about 4 a week) and we got a new system installed but before we had an old back boiler and like the OP had to turn the heating on to have water so used an electric immersion. Our bills were a lot higher then.
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Just checked mine and we used 11.6 units per day. Little bit higher than normal but DH has been doing a lot of cementing so the cement mixer has been going a lot over the weekends. Pleased about that as that was over summer. Have no aircon but most nights fan is going.

We have gas for our hot water.
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Doing what wrong?

If that consumption is correct, and not based on estimated meter readings, you are using a lot of electricity.

As moonrakerz states, you will use more in the winter, but you are likely to use about 3 times the UK average.
Please tell me I'm doing the calculations wrong was what I meant.
I don't use any electrical goods that are out of the ordinary so was just a little concerned my average usage being 30 kwh when everyone elses seems to be around 10 kwh per day.
The only thing I can think of is the under floor heating we fitted in the bathroom, it does have a night setting but it is actually always on.
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I used only gas to heat the hot water and heating yesterday,no immersion! Used washing machine once during the day and once during the night,and used 17 units( 2 night, and 15 daytime) Still seems quite high compared to others.
I cant understand why its still so high.I switch everything off at the plug when not in use, lights are turned off when no in use.
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The only thing I can think of is the under floor heating we fitted in the bathroom, it does have a night setting but it is actually always on.
That's your problem then! Electric heating using day rate units is expensive but you know that now.
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[quote=sassybabee33;9445135]I used only gas to heat the hot water and heating yesterday,no immersion! Used washing machine once during the day and once during the night,and used 17 units( 2 night, and 15 daytime) Still seems quite high compared to others.

How do know how many day and night units you are using? my meter only shows 1 reading.

Espresso, Thanks I will turn off the UFH for a day and see how much difference there is.
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I used only gas to heat the hot water and heating yesterday,no immersion! Used washing machine once during the day and once during the night,and used 17 units( 2 night, and 15 daytime) Still seems quite high compared to others.

How do know how many day and night units you are using? my meter only shows 1 reading.

Espresso, Thanks I will turn off the UFH for a day and see how much difference there is.
If you have only one meter then you are paying a single rate for your electricity, not "day" & "night" rates.
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Oh I see, Is this something I'm stuck with or can I change over to night and day rates like most people seem to be on? The meter was fitted only a couple of months ago by british gas but we are about to change to Eon for both fuels, do Eon do a day and night rate and if so would that mean another meter installation?
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For the past 2 weeks my gas usage has been 4units or 44kwh a day, just heating(3 bed bungalow thermostat set at 20 ) and electric has been 9.5kwh a day. 3300kwh electric, 10000kwh gas last year, only 2 people, i think that will be on the low side, most peoples will be higher.

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