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  • Electricity 112kWh from 29th June to 29th of July cost is £13.21 plus standing charge @ £4.74. Total inc VAT is £18.85.

    But being really frugal at the moment.
  • Help!!!
    Last year, I paid just over £700 for 12 months' electricity, paying £68 per month by d.d. This was slightly over and most months I was in credit by a small amount.
    In March, Eon fitted a new meter and since then I've been nagging them to bill me because they missed my May bill. Just recieved a bill- £812 for March to August! My account is now £412 in debit.
    They say I will now have to pay them £170 per month to cover my current usage and the outstanding debit balance. I know prices have risen, but a rise of over £100 per month seems ludicrous to me.
    We have no new appliances since last year, use energy saving bulbs, use appliances etc overnight, switch the heating and water down or off whenever possible etc. There are two of us in a small 2 bed house, and, as we work all day, nothing's on during the day.

    Surprisingly (not), Eon are not overly interested, saying that I must accept prices have risen and my usage clearly has increased so I should be more careful and get one of their helpful pamphlets to explain how to cut costs!

    I'm convinced it must be down to the new meter- has anyone else had this issue and if so, did you get any joy?
  • I live in a three bedroomed house. I have oil heating. The boiler is needed to heat the hot water so the boiler will be on an hour a day to give hot water. There is rarely anyone in the house during the day. I hardly have the lights on. I have a computer which is on quite a bit on the evening as is the TV and Sky. I have electric oven and hob. This is not used every day as we tend to cook meat outside on BBQ. Just had elec bill. From 16th June to 30th July I used 372 KW - £53.62. This seems an awful lot
  • Last quarter was £700 for electricity only for a one bedroomed granny flat in the summer when they've rarely been switched on!! We are taking the plunge and ripping them out and changing to an oil fired combi boiler. It's costing us a fortune, but at £700 a quarter, I'm hoping our bills will be cheaper.

    If anyone can suggest grants for swapping to a more efficient heating system which aren't dependent on benefits, because we don't get any, then please message back.
  • kayleigh91 wrote: »
    I live in a three bedroomed house. I have oil heating. The boiler is needed to heat the hot water so the boiler will be on an hour a day to give hot water. There is rarely anyone in the house during the day. I hardly have the lights on. I have a computer which is on quite a bit on the evening as is the TV and Sky. I have electric oven and hob. This is not used every day as we tend to cook meat outside on BBQ. Just had elec bill. From 16th June to 30th July I used 372 KW - £53.62. This seems an awful lot

    Just a quick note to say in terms of 372Kw being £53, sounds spot on at about 14.5p a unit of electricity depending on your tarriff

    On average your using 8Wkh a day which is a lot higher than I think it should be/needs to be. You say you don't use lighting much, how much is not much? A Kitchen light (200w-250w spotlights combined) for 4 hours a day is 12.5% of your daily usage for example.

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    My usage is similar with two laptops TV, HDD recorder, 4 Lights (3 saving bulbs) from 6-11 in the evening. 5-7 washes and dishwashes per week. Paid £26 or £28 for a 56 day period.

    Other suggestions, old fridges/freezers (more than 1?) A modernish fridge freezer combined can use a 1Kw over a 24 hour period so if you have 2 or 3 (i.e. chest freezer, fridge, fridge freezer) it soon mounts up.

    Desktop computers if left on for 6-7 hours a day is typically around a Kw (again 12.5% of your daily average) Computer + sky + TV in the evening is hardly throttling the national grid mind, I would still say your usage is quite high yet it doesn't show how :cool: :confused:
  • I bought a energy usage meter and went round the house, surprisingly most my energy is on the TV and PVR (about 150w). Next in line is my server upstairs (on 24/7). Not taking into account the washer, tumble dryer, dishwasher, water heater. I'm using an average of 10 units/180-200p a day based on weekly meter readings.
  • HariboJunkieHariboJunkie Forumite
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    crimper wrote: »
    In the winter I ended up paying a lot more than £30 a month so I thought I better do something. So I checked out http://www.**********net/. It compares the energy consumption of products. So when for example my tumble drier broke I bought the most energy efficient tumble I found on sust-it. I noticed my electricity bill went down dramatically. So I swapped a lot of my power guzzling white goods for more energy efficient ones, and my electricity bill has over halved. :)

    You compare things like TVs, PCs, washing machines and fridge freezers

    Spamilicious. ;) Reported.
  • aceadesaceades Forumite
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    I lived in a very small 1 bed terraced cottage for the last 2 1/2 years, I only had electric so this was used for water, cooking and heating (though i only had 1 electric heater).

    I was at first paying £50 a month standing order, then i was told i needed to raise to £69 and then i needed to raise to £89 - then i get a bill for an additional £545 :( . I really tried to cut costs but installing energy saving lightbulbs, i used thEconomy 7 as best i could and just generally turned things off.

    I had-
    fridge freezer
    washing machine
    electric cooker
    tumble dryer (though hardly used)
    microwave

    all energy A rated

    a computer on pretty much 24/7
    2 x UV lights on in my reptle enclosures for 12 hours a day
    2 x thermostaticaly controlled heating systems for my pets (this only activated if it got very cold)

    anothger pc on sometimes, a PS3 on sometimes,AV amp , LCD TV, 2 laptops on sometimes and al the basics like phone chargers, home phone kettle, clocks, alarm clock toaster etc, hair dryers and straightening irons etc were used failry regularly.

    I thought that i would use a bit more than a normal 1 bed house but if my bill was still building up when paying £89 a month i think that is bad.

    I was with Atlantic Electric and there were 2 people in the house 1 quite often in the daytime, i am out from 8AM-7PM, and a bout 3 nights a months a family member stays over.

    I did try but could not really work out why i was raking up so much usage, i have now moved house and have provided them with a final reading so i dread to see the bill this time - however i can pay this off but i am concerned about the energy usage in my new house.

    I have moved to a 2 bedroom house with no economy 7 and gas, i am currently refusing to even turn my gas on as i cant afford the electricity alone , i really want to find out why it was costing so much at the old house and how i can keep tabs on my usage at the new property, hopefully if i can keep it under controll i might dare to turn on the gas in a couple of months.

    I have litteraly just moved , this weekend and i am trying to work out who to use for energy but i have no clue , can anyone help ?

    Personally i think what gives people these astronomical bills is when people are at home in the day, useing energy in the day seems to costs about 4 x the amount of in the evening and i would only use it in the evening and early morning if this wasnt the case.
  • Hello
    Has anyone had a similar experience to me ? I'm with n-Power and my monthly DD (for gas)has gone up from 26.00 per month last year to 55.00 per month this year. And during this time , I've changed to their cheapest online tariff too! I know prices have gone up , but have they really doubled like this ? And this includes the dual fuel discount.
    I'd love to hear other people's experiences .
    I'm living alone in a very small 2 bed flat. Heating not on in bedrooms or bathrooms most of the time. I work from home , so heating often on during the day in living room.
    I have gas heating and cooking , electric for the rest.
    Over the same timespan (1 year ) , the electric bill has stayed almost the same i.e. around 25.00 per month.
  • amtrakukamtrakuk Forumite
    630 posts
    Mine still just over 60 a month (all electric)
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