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Average cost of utility bills?

edited 4 February 2014 at 6:10PM in House Buying, Renting & Selling
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edited 4 February 2014 at 6:10PM in House Buying, Renting & Selling
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Hi all, I'm just wondering if I could ask what your average utility bills are?

Now that I've graduated and have got a job for September, I'm planning on moving out with the g/f and renting a 2-bedroom flat. I'm just trying to do a budget/cost breakdown to make sure that we can afford it whilst still being able to save money each month.

I've put down £50 for electricity and £30 for gas, then £20 for water but am not sure if this is a good estimate or not?

I'll be working full time and will be out of the place from 7 til' 7 and she works as a nurse so will be home at different times each day.

Thank you :T

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  • poppysocks1poppysocks1 Forumite
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    Not sure if this helps but myself and boyfriend work 9 - 5pm daily Mon - Fri and have a one bed flat and our bills are:

    Elec: £16 per month (cost of bills over year divided by 12)
    Gas: £22 per month (again, split over the year, use less in summer).
    Council Tax: £120 per month
    Water rates: £36.66 per month
    TV licence: £139.50 per year
    BT Broadband and Land line: £32 per month (Option 3 deal)

    Dont forget insurance too - we pay (I think) £150 ish a year just for contents.
    You can get phone bills down by doing a 1899 or 19185.com override provider to get cheap calls in the day, and Primus free calls eves and weekends - check the "Phones" advice on this website. There is also cheap broadband - check this website too.
    Hope this helps!
  • lkk88lkk88 Forumite
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    I am in a similar situation to you and have recently been doing the same as you, due to move into a 2bed house in september. I based my estimates on my mums bills who lives in a 2bed flat with 3 of us living there!
    Her electricity is approx £30 a month, Gas £50 a month, water approx £35 - remember there are 2 water bills, the normal water and also sewerage
    I have seen a couple of bills for this new place we are moving to (2 occupants), there gas is under £30 a month, water £15 a month and the sewearge £18 a month, I havent seen an electricity bill though. My advice when you move in is to check the price comparison sites to see if you can save any more pennies - thats what I plan to do. Also consider using a supplier who offers a capped rate - energy bills are on the up! Also dont forget things like your council tax, TV licence etc.
    Hope that helps a little bit!
  • lkk88lkk88 Forumite
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    think my mum needs to take my advice and get on the price comparison sites - poppysocks whos your elec supplier??
  • poppysocks1poppysocks1 Forumite
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    Also forgot to say, with the Council tax, although its £120 a month that is for 10 months of the year, so you dont pay it in Feb/March, you just do 10 payments of £120 (or whatever your council tax band price is).
  • Natty082Natty082 Forumite
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    I have a 2 bed flat that I live/d in on my own. My bills are as follows :
    Contents Insurance £13 (Buildings ins included in quartlerly management fee)
    TV £11.95
    Countil Tax £78 (25% single allowance included)
    Gas / Electric - £35 per month for both - paid standard DD (gets adjusted accordingly in winter - dependant upon usage)
    Maintenance charge - £130 a quarter
    BT £32 a quarter (Option 1) - don't use the landline much - mainly use mobile for free minutes
    Broadband £15
    Water £22
    A blonde... cleverly disguised as a Brunette.......;)
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  • newlywednewlywed Forumite
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    It will depend a bit on whether your heating is gas central heating or electric storage heaters, whether your cooker is gas or electric, whether you plan to have/use a tumble dryer (uses quite a bit of electric).

    For a guide - we have a 2bed flat (2 adults at work all week plus 2 kids for half the week) we are on prepay (which are a bit more expensive and use:

    approx £1.10 a day on electric (electric cooker, no tumble dryer but use a dishwasher most days and kids have tv and sky box on all weekend in bedroom and front room :rolleyes:)

    Gas in the summer is about £15 a month for the hot water and in the winter works out about £60 a month with hot water and heating.

    Our water rates are just under £30 a month.
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  • retepetsirretepetsir Forumite
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    Thanks for the advice so far :)

    I think I've included everything needed, everything from utilities through to tv licence, internet, food/drink/household, emergency money, council tax, insurance, etc but just wanted to get an idea of utility bills. I've now changed the budget to £40/month for electricity and £35/month for gas and £35/month for water, hopefully that will cover our usage with price increases.

    We've still got money left over for savings (£500/month) plus emergency money (£50/month), entertainment I put as £60 'just in case' but hopefully won't use all of that, misc items £20/month plus costs of running one car.

    The more we can save each month the better!

    The flat we are going to look at is a newly renovated one (by a family friend) and will have a new kitchen, bathroom and brand new gas fired central heating. It's going to cost between £750-£800 a month according to the friend but hopefully it'll be worth paying a little extra to have a 'new' flat. We live in the SE of England.

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  • Natty082Natty082 Forumite
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    lkk88 wrote: »
    water £15 a month and the sewearge £18 a month,

    where do you live!? My water bill includes the sewerage charge its 'all in'!
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  • lkk88lkk88 Forumite
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    Natty082 wrote: »
    where do you live!? My water bill includes the sewerage charge its 'all in'!

    South east we have Anglian Water for the Sewerage and Essex and Suffolk for the water. The charges in the new place seemed a bit steep but looking at the bill they had used alot more water compared to my mums....i presume thats why the price was bit more. I'm hoping....!!!
  • Natty082Natty082 Forumite
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    Oh right - My water and sewerage is the same company. Didn't know it could be supplied by two! ... Learn something new everyday! (We are oop North - United Utilities)
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