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Could someone be stealing my electricity??
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Hi all, Sorry for the lengthy post, but Im trying to make sure all of the information is here before I press send!
I moved into a rented house on 9th Jan 2020. I didn't move in until 21st Jan. I was given the gas and electricity readings for the day I moved in by the agent and I checked them. They were correct. Fast forward to last week when I tried to get through to British Gas to give them a meter reading because I couldn't do it online. I have a bit of an issue here as the rent comes out of my husband's account, but I make all of the calls to people as he works abroad. it has caused lots of issues so far, but that's by the by.. BG told me they couldn't take a meter reading from me as I wasn't the bill holder. I explained the situation. they said they would estimate until such time that they could speak to him in person ( even though I explained that wouldn't be until the end of June). They said they could have a more accurate estimate if I gave them that day's reading and then called back one week later so they knew on average how much I was using week by week.
I called back yesterday and told them what the reading was. They told me my bill, since 9th Jan was £290 for electricity ALONE!!!! I worked it out on the tariff they gave me and their numbers are correct according to the meter readings, but I simply cannot be using that much energy. I either have something using an excessive amount of power or someone is stealing it .... or the meter is faulty (Is that a thing? I haven't lived in the UK for a number of years, so Im not used to any of these possibilities!)
The circumstances are as follows....
I live alone, in a small 2 bed terraced house. I have a tv ( no sky box, no digi box etc). I have a lamp on in the living room from 6.20pm until about 11.30pm. I boil the kettle 3 times a day, sometimes 4. I cook with gas and my central heating/hot water is gas (obviously pumped around the house with electric). I don't have a washing machine, drier or dishwasher. I have a fridge freezer. ( but have only had that about 5 weeks!), Upstairs I do have a tv, but it was on standby for about a week and then I unplugged it as the aerial up there doesn't work. I have had my electric blanket on about 12/15 times maximum, each time for a period of 10-20 mins. I don't even have a bedside lamp. I use a little battery one as my electric one is too big for the small bedside table I have!!
I charge my laptop once a day and my phone once a day.
Can anyone else think of anything else it could be please? I am pulling my hair out trying to think what it could be.
Just to add... my tariff is something like 24.9p a day standing charge and 17.something pence per kWh.