£125 Electricity bill pcm. Small 2 bed house 1 person :(

edited 27 February 2017 at 2:21PM in Energy
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  • Dannii75Dannii75 Forumite
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    Hi PasturesNew,
    Because my bills are so high I'm really careful with what I use. Even to the point where I use the hob rather than the oven, don't overfill the kettle etc & because I'm on Eco7 my washing goes on at 2am, I don't have a tumble dryer.
    My house is chilly, sometimes very cold. I have the night storage heaters on as they should be. They have input/ output dials that go from 1 to 6, both rads are set to 2, the other 3 are off!
    I have a shower a day & washing up waits for 3days before I do it so that I'm not doing it daily.
    here's a full breakdown of my usage from First Utility! Scary!!!

    DAY:

    20/02/2017-20/01/2017 - 897 kwh (29 kwh/day)
    20/01/2017-20/12/2016 - 1264 kwh (41 kwh/day)
    20/12/2016-25/10/2016 - 1709 kwh (31 kwh/day)
    25/10/2016-20/09/2016 - 162 kwh (5 kwh/day)
    20/09/2016-19/08/2016 - 139 kwh (4 kwh/day)
    19/08/2016-20/07/2016 - 127 kwh (4 kwh/day)
    20/07/2016-18/06/2016 - 139 kwh (4 kwh/day)
    18/06/2016-17/05/2016 - 147 kwh (5 kwh/day)
    17/05/2016-18/04/2016 - 265 kwh (9kwh/day)
    18/04/2016-18/03/2016 - 736 kwh (24 kwh/day)
    18/03/2016-22/02/2016 - 814 kwh (48 kwh/day)
    22/02/2016-27/01/2016 - 1185 kwh (46 kwh/day)
    27/01/2016-26/12/2015 - 1300 kwh (41 kwh/day)

    NIGHT:

    20/02/2017-20/01/2017 - 145 kwh (5 kwh/day)
    20/01/2017-20/12/2016 - 201 kwh (6 kwh/day)
    20/12/2016-25/10/2016 - 249 kwh (4 kwh/day)
    25/10/2016-20/09/2016 - 152 kwh (4 kwh/day)
    20/09/2016-19/08/2016 - 107 kwh (3 kwh/day)
    19/08/2016-20/07/2016 - 40 kwh (1 kwh/day)
    20/07/2016-18/06/2016 - 160 kwh (5 kwh/day)
    18/06/2016-17/05/2016 - 110 kwh (3 kwh/day)
    17/05/2016-18/04/2016 - 78 kwh (3 kwh/day)
    18/04/2016-18/03/2016 - 119 kwh (4 kwh/day)
    18/03/2016-22/02/2016 - 49 kwh (3 kwh/day)
    22/02/2016-27/01/2016 - 27 kwh (3 kwh/day)
    27/01/2016-26/12/2015 - 72 kwh (3 kwh/day)
  • frugalmacdugalfrugalmacdugal Forumite
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    Hi,

    well straight away it looks as though the readings are crossed, if using storage heaters then night should be the higher usage.
    Y'all take care now.
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  • edited 27 February 2017 at 4:59PM
    footyguyfootyguy Forumite
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    edited 27 February 2017 at 4:59PM
    Hi,

    well straight away it looks as though the readings are crossed, if using storage heaters then night should be the higher usage.

    I think the OP made a mistake in their last post as it does not match what was posted in post #7
    post#7 shows higher night time use for the period Oct - Feb.
  • Dannii75Dannii75 Forumite
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    Interesting observation FrugalMacDugal...
    I went under the stairs earlier & double checked. I have 'low' and 'normal' which I was told were 'night' and 'day'.
    Does that sound correct?!?!
    Imagine if it were as simple as that! If only.... tell me they're wrong!
  • Dannii75Dannii75 Forumite
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    Hi Footguy,

    post #7 is a copy of my meter readings...#12 is from First Utility.... eeek!
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    Dannii75 wrote: »
    Interesting observation FrugalMacDugal...
    I went under the stairs earlier & double checked. I have 'low' and 'normal' which I was told were 'night' and 'day'.
    Does that sound correct?!?!
    Imagine if it were as simple as that! If only.... tell me they're wrong!
    That is how we would expect the readings to be allocated
    Dannii75 wrote: »
    Hi Footguy,

    post #7 is a copy of my meter readings...#12 is from First Utility.... eeek!
    Well that is the source of your high costs then, the day / night readings are switched. You now need to contact FU to get it corrected.
  • frugalmacdugalfrugalmacdugal Forumite
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    Hi,
    Dannii75 wrote: »
    Interesting observation FrugalMacDugal...
    I went under the stairs earlier & double checked. I have 'low' and 'normal' which I was told were 'night' and 'day'.
    Does that sound correct?!?!
    Imagine if it were as simple as that! If only.... tell me they're wrong!


    yes correct, low = night, normal = day.
    Y'all take care now.
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  • Dannii75Dannii75 Forumite
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    just taken a pic of my meter... Am I going mad?!?!

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/32335917853/in/datetaken/
    So, if I'm putting the low meter reading in the night reading of the app.
    Have I been doing it wrong?
  • moleratmolerat Forumite
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    Which register is moving now ? - if you can't tell put a kettle on and check.

    You need to check which meter reading they are using on the bill, just because you are putting it in correctly doesn't mean they are using it correctly.
  • edited 27 February 2017 at 5:25PM
    footyguyfootyguy Forumite
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    edited 27 February 2017 at 5:25PM
    Dannii75 wrote: »
    just taken a pic of my meter... Am I going mad?!?!

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/32335917853/in/datetaken/
    So, if I'm putting the low meter reading in the night reading of the app.
    Have I been doing it wrong?

    It would appear you are taking the readings correct.
    The registry currently starting 87... is the low rate = night rate.

    You may even inputting these correctly into an app, but the supplier is transposing them, probably because they have been wrongly assisgned from the start.

    If you send the picture to the supplier, they should be able to correct their error.
    (but as it's FU, it may not be quite as simple as it should be)
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