Cost of energy per day

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edited 19 December 2022 at 12:36PM in Energy
My smart meter is currently showing that I am burning £12-£13 per day. I live in  4 bed detached house. The heating is on low and  the house is by no means toasty…..we are wearing layers to stay comfortable. Just wondering what your smart meters are displaying?
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  • MikeJXE
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    I cqn't compare as I'm in a 2 bed flat but I don't look at cost I look at use as in kWh, work out the cost myself, kWh x unit rate plus ST 

    Others on here will give you better information if you quote usage in kWh and gas oner electric 

  • [Deleted User]
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    We don't have a smart meter but I've been taking daily readings recently and plotting everything on a spreadsheet. 

    Comparing with us is meaningless as we have solar, woodburner and a somewhat non-conventional lifestyle. We do have a 4 bed detached house though (in Scotland). 

    My spreadsheets have been showing an average 70p a day (including standing charge) for gas and £1.50 for electric. One day last week the central heating went on overnight - we'd messed up the timer and a short slot had been left to fire up if temps went below 12 degrees. You would never have known the heating had been on - it was only for a very short spell. But that day our gas usage was £2.40 (£1.70 down the drain as you'd never know it had been on). 

    So certainly central heating burns through a lot of gas with very little warmth to show for it! 
  • [Deleted User]
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    edited 3 December 2022 at 10:20PM
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    My smart meter is currently showing that I am burning £12-£13 per day. I live in  4 bed detached house. The heating is on low and  the house is by no means toasty…..we are wearing layers to stay comfortable. Just wondering what your smart meters are displaying?
    We've had everything on here from 50p per day up to £27.50 per day.

    Comparing yourself with others is not useful.  Looking at what you are using and where you are using it is much more important.

    The last person who came on here with a similar question was avoiding putting the heating on because they thought it was expensive, but using loads of electricity and didn't realise that's where the money was going.

    Start thinking in kWh, not in pounds, and then price changes won't confuse the matter.  How many kWh are you actually using?  And as you have a smart meter, are these kWh gas or electric?  In big spikes or evenly spread through the day?  Questions like this will help you more.
  • InvertedVee
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    £12-13 per day isn't outrageous in a house that leaks heat but I sympathise.

    I recently moved from a 1950s detached house that roared through £12-13 a day in winter (at today's prices) to a new-build detached house that trickles around £2.20 a day.
    3 bed det. built 2021. 2 occupants at home all day. Worcester Bosch Greenstar 30i combi boiler heating to 19-20C from 6am to midnight, setback to 17.5C overnight, connected in EMS mode to Tado smart modulating thermostat. Annual gas usage 6000kWh; electricity 2000kWh.
  • Robin9
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    By Smart Meter I think you mean the In House Display that lives in the kitchen -  the Smart Meter will be in a meter box or your garage.

    Read that 24 hours apart - even better a week apart.  That gives you a total m3 -  multiply that 11.2 to get kWh and then by the 9p or whatever you are paying.

    I've also got a 4 bed and £10 a day.
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    we have a three bed semi detached and use about 20kWh a day of gas in november (606.64 for the month).

    that's about £2 a day on the cap but we only heat the house to about 15 or 16 and have a wood stove to take the edge off in the evening. 
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  • gorgeousme
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    Yes I’ve been monitoring my usage and cut down where I can. I thought it was interesting that it is as high as £12 a day that’s all. Hearing that a new build house of similar size brought it down to £2.20 was very interesting. I’m going to research that now. Thank you for everyone’s input.
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    ...I thought it was interesting that it is as high as £12 a day that’s all. Hearing that a new build house of similar size brought it down to £2.20 was very interesting. I’m going to research that now. Thank you for everyone’s input.
    No problem. I wrote a bit more about my experience in this thread https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/discussion/comment/79675549#Comment_79675549
    3 bed det. built 2021. 2 occupants at home all day. Worcester Bosch Greenstar 30i combi boiler heating to 19-20C from 6am to midnight, setback to 17.5C overnight, connected in EMS mode to Tado smart modulating thermostat. Annual gas usage 6000kWh; electricity 2000kWh.
  • victor2
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    Yes I’ve been monitoring my usage and cut down where I can. I thought it was interesting that it is as high as £12 a day that’s all. Hearing that a new build house of similar size brought it down to £2.20 was very interesting. I’m going to research that now. Thank you for everyone’s input.
    As @[Deleted User] said, think in kWh used for each fuel to look at usage and possible savings. You will use a lot more kWh of gas than electricity (with gas central heating) but it costs about 1/4 of the price (or less).
    Note the daily use of each fuel along with any particular things you had on that day, such as using a tumble drier for a few hours, or baking all day. You say you've turned your heating down low, but do you have good insulation? You could be losing a lot through your loft if it isn't well insulated, and that can be fairly easy to rectify.
    BTW your daily cost doesn't sound excessive now it is getting colder.

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  • benson1980
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    Yes I’ve been monitoring my usage and cut down where I can. I thought it was interesting that it is as high as £12 a day that’s all. Hearing that a new build house of similar size brought it down to £2.20 was very interesting. I’m going to research that now. Thank you for everyone’s input.
    I don’t think it is a similar sized house though from the looks of things. Also nov 22 had been mild in comparison I believe. Our gas usage in the same house has dropped almost 1000kwH compared to last year. We have made a few tweaks such as new cylinder and turned boiler flow temp down.

    For info we are using around the same as you most days now. 1970s large 4 bed with solar panels but they don’t generate much in this weather. 

    I find the Hugo app really useful for tracking energy usage throughout the day to see where it peaks, comparing weeks/months etc.
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