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Results: How much do you spend per month on Electricity

Winter, less than 15

4.09% • 13 votes

Winter, less than 20

8.18% • 26 votes

Winter, less than 25

12.58% • 40 votes

Winter , less than 30

13.21% • 42 votes

Winter, more than 30

56.29% • 179 votes

Summer, less than 15

13.21% • 42 votes

Summer, less than 20

9.75% • 31 votes

Summer, less than 25

12.58% • 40 votes

Summer, less than 30

13.52% • 43 votes

Summer, more than 30

40.25% • 128 votes

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318 votes in total.

  • FIRST POST
    scattycat
    Average Electricity Costs Poll
    • #1
    • 14th Jul 05, 10:36 AM
    Average Electricity Costs Poll 14th Jul 05 at 10:36 AM
    How much do you spend per month on electricity?

    is it
    1. less than 15
    2. less than 20
    3. less than 25
    4. less than 30
    5. more than 30
    Maximum (in Winter) Minimum (in Summer), or does it hardly change in your house?

    Tick two boxes please, one for Winter and one for Summer when you vote. Remember as Rodger stated in the deleted (non poll thread), please enter the Actual cost, not your direct debit payment

    If it is a success then maybe Gas next
    Last edited by scattycat; 15-07-2005 at 12:54 PM.
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    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 19th Feb 07, 5:41 PM
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    Cardew
    Does anyone know the average persons KWH useage per day?

    I live on my own and use 5 KWH per day of elec (all year) and between 8 KWH (summer) and 16 KWH (winter) per day of gas.

    Is that normal, high or low?

    Thanks
    by littlemissmoney
    According to OFGEM 20,500kWh gas pa; 3,300kWh Electric pa. is the average.

    Time for some arithmetic!!! but you are obviously way below average.
    Last edited by Cardew; 19-02-2007 at 5:43 PM.
  • emmylu
    Am I heating all of Wales ??????
    Have moved into rented house end of October 2006 and received my first bill up to 18th Jan 2007 and it is for 530.00!!!! When I irst moved in and gave meter readings they said DD would bne 61.50 a month - thought that sounds great. Scottish Power have been out and meter ok apart from I thought I was on economy 7 but am actually on something called twin heat A! Apparently I have cheap rate 4.064p from 3am to 7am and then 1.30pm till 4.30pm. After that am charged at 10.740p. Have storage heaters (8 various sizes) not sure if they are working efficiently or if they are set right. I keep turning the knobs down and son keeps turning them up! Water heated by Horstmann quartz thingy. Have calculated my usage since 18th Jan to 21st Feb as 3,131 units, thats about 95 units a day! Would appear my cheap rate usage is 80% of the bill. Other items are, washing machine on once a day, small freezer, fridge, tv, computer, oven on once a day, microwave several times a day. dryer used only for emergency items (i.e. daughter prior to going out who decides she has to wear something that isn't washed!)

    Scottish Power want to increase DD from 61.50 to 180 a month!!! ha. Work part time on minimum wage plus WTC. At this rate will be turning everything off, using candles and will burn furniture in fireplace for heat!!! Will then send kids down the mine to nick coal and forage in forest for wood!!! Help!

    In my last rented property had a prepayment meter and was putting about 35-40 a week in that in winter and only had 3 storage heaters working plus an open coal fire. Even in summer with no heating it was still 15 a week!
    (Plus gonna have an excess bill from this as they now say electricity prepayment meter was not set right in Jan 2005 and even though they had been out and checked it, they didn't increase the settings to take into account rate increases!!!)

    Do ya think its just me and I'm a wasteful electricity harlot!!!!

    If anyone has any advice would be grateful before I unplug all devices which will unfortunately include my beloved computer!
  • werngochlizz
    I think we're paying too much
    My partner and i have moved into our rented house 3 weeks ago and have already accumilated a bill for 320 just for electric.we have 2 convection heaters which heat 2 rooms of the house, cooker and a fridge thats is all we are running at the moment can't afford to use a washing machine. does anyone have any suggestions for me?
    • Fizog
    • By Fizog 26th Feb 07, 10:54 PM
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    Fizog
    For a normal family house Scottish power have told us that 15 units a day is the norm... we've just queried a huge bill after a year of estimates our meter readings are coming out at 25-28 units a day!! They are coming to check the meter is running correctly as it was replaced 14 months ago. I have two thoughtless teenagers (tv, computers, left on for hours at weekends) but gas c/h, gas cooker, no electric kettle, no tumble dryer. At least I'm hoping the meter is running incorrectly.
    • madhouseof4
    • By madhouseof4 1st Mar 07, 9:07 PM
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    madhouseof4
    I am quite certain that I will have paid too much in gas this year. We were put on a monthly amoutn based on our useage from last year, but have since had our loft & cavity wall insulation done as well as draught proofing through a warm front grant.

    I was wondering though if there is a supplier that does discounts or reductions for people in reciept of DLA? Our youngest son gets low rate care and feels the cold due to a heart condition and poor circulation, so it is often much warmer in our house that those of our friends and family.

  • saryloup
    Im at the end of my tether, we moved here in june 05 and the monthly electric DD was 35 which we thought wasnt that bad.
    In Sept last yr we got a bill saying our electric use was 3 times the national average for a 3 bed house-we are in a small 2 bed house!
    We got them out to take a reading and they amended our payments to 70 a month.
    A faulty water heater was the cause and that was rectifiyed.
    However we had a meter reading last week and just recieved a new bill saying our electric useage is continuing to grow and we now have to pay 116 a month starting next month!
    We cant possibly afford this or see where this new rise has come from.

    What can we do??? We are with southern electric.
    Proud to be dealing with my debts
    Claimed 1657 back from lloyds.
    Have paid all my debt off with bank money
    (1300 worth)

    Only a 400 loan left to pay now.

    • withalj
    • By withalj 9th Mar 07, 12:41 PM
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    withalj
    Im at the end of my tether, we moved here in june 05 and the monthly electric DD was 35 which we thought wasnt that bad.
    In Sept last yr we got a bill saying our electric use was 3 times the national average for a 3 bed house-we are in a small 2 bed house!
    We got them out to take a reading and they amended our payments to 70 a month.
    A faulty water heater was the cause and that was rectifiyed.
    However we had a meter reading last week and just recieved a new bill saying our electric useage is continuing to grow and we now have to pay 116 a month starting next month!
    We cant possibly afford this or see where this new rise has come from.

    What can we do??? We are with southern electric.
    Originally posted by saryloup
    That sounds a lot, our bills have gone up to that amount, which I think is horrendous, but we live in a detached bungalow, which will be much worse than yours. Have a look at the posts on the Electrisave (http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.html?p=4551326&postcount=9), which requires an upfront payout but as far as I can see really helps to cut down on cost (and would presumably identify faulty appliances)
  • saryloup
    The thing we cant work out is our electric usage has fallen as the water heater was fixed and we havent changed anything around the home.

    We have storage heaters which only come on at night, no excess wasted all switches are turned off each night.

    Yet we have almost doubled our payments?

    We have tried switching companies-EDf took us on but has now written saying we our out of their catchment area and so have changed us back to southen electric?
    What a nightmare.
    Proud to be dealing with my debts
    Claimed 1657 back from lloyds.
    Have paid all my debt off with bank money
    (1300 worth)

    Only a 400 loan left to pay now.

  • ladysurrey
    We have a normal and an economy 7 meter which is used to heat the hot water. Heating is from warm air central heating which is gas.

    We have queried every bill since then as we appeared to constantly have an outstanding amount in the meantime which is growing. They changed our electricity meter as it was due for a change according to their records. They also increased my DD from £40 to £58 per month and took a 1 off payment of £125 out of my bank account.

    We then pointed out that when they entered the readings on their system about from the old to the new meters they had put the Economy 7 meter reading in the wrong place and the other meter readiung where the Economy 7 reading should have been.

    Yes I think I am finally going to get this resolved, but this morning to brighten up my day I received a bill for £97 dispite the fact we are paying £58 for electric and they have just helped themselves to £125.
  • PQ.
    I can't believe how high some of these bills are - we're a 2 bed bungalow and our bills have just been knocked down to £21 a month (after a lot of meter readings and requests after they've overestimated again and again....)

    Admittedly we're 100% energy saving bulbs, the fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine are A rated for efficiency (although they're a good 5 yrs old now so it's probably possible to get better rated ones now). We've got 3 TVs but only one and the sky box gets left on standby - the computers etc all get turned off at the wall when we're not using them (but we use them a LOT)...but we have battery chargers left in a lot of the time so I know there's more we could do to cut down our bills. I reckon energy saving bulbs knocked £5 off a month...and then turning things off instead of on standby knocked another £5 a month off the bill easily (and I used to laugh at my dad for telling me off for using standby when I lived at home)

    The one thing I refuse to get is a tumble dryer - as far as I can tell most people I know who have tumble dryers have massive electric bills compared to us...
    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 28th Mar 07, 11:45 AM
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    Cardew
    ). We've got 3 TVs but only one and the sky box gets left on standby - the computers etc all get turned off at the wall when we're not using them (but we use them a LOT)......and then turning things off instead of on standby knocked another 5 a month off the bill easily (and I used to laugh at my dad for telling me off for using standby when I lived at home)

    ..
    Originally posted by PQ.
    That really is an exaggeration.

    Count up the standby consumption of everything in your house, TVs(typically less than 1W to 3W), PC, DVD, clocks on appliances, even the dreaded Sky box at normally 14W and I doubt it will come to 30Watts. Most people(without SKY) much less.

    Let us assume even that you never use any of those items and they would be, for the sake of this calculation, on standby 24/7 using the whole 30 watts.

    30W x 24 hours x 31 days = 22kWh = approx 2.

    For most people the savings would be less than 1 a month.

    You(understandably) leave your Sky box and a TV on and yet you claim to have saved "5 a month off the bill easily".

    Care to give us your reasoning?
  • PQ.
    we had (in spare room)

    PC
    21inch CRT monitor
    large computer speakers
    router
    switch
    printer
    external hard drive
    Second PC
    15inch CRT monitor
    second set of speakers
    second printer

    front room:
    DVD
    Video
    32inch CRT TV
    X box
    third PC
    19inch CRT monitor
    external hard drive
    music system
    20inch CRT TV

    All either left on or on standby for 99% of the time.

    We've fitted remote control pugs on to the PC equipment in the spare and front rooms, fitted one to the DVD player and started switching the TV, video and Xbox off when not in use.

    The worst offenders IMO (based on how hot the plugs would get) were the speakers, router and switch in the spare room.

    Looking back at the bills we've dropped from £25.50 a month to £21.50 a month since we fitted the remote control units to the sockets 5 months ago (and that and switching the non-remote controlled things off is the only change we've made) - (so you're right it's a bit of an exaggeration - we saved £4 not £5 a month) and the price of our electricity per unit has gone up in that time.
    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 28th Mar 07, 7:06 PM
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    Cardew
    we had (in spare room)

    PC
    21inch CRT monitor
    large computer speakers
    router
    switch
    printer
    external hard drive
    Second PC
    15inch CRT monitor
    second set of speakers
    second printer

    front room:
    DVD
    Video
    32inch CRT TV
    X box
    third PC
    19inch CRT monitor
    external hard drive
    music system
    20inch CRT TV

    All either left on or on standby for 99% of the time.

    We've fitted remote control pugs on to the PC equipment in the spare and front rooms, fitted one to the DVD player and started switching the TV, video and Xbox off when not in use.

    The worst offenders IMO (based on how hot the plugs would get) were the speakers, router and switch in the spare room.

    Looking back at the bills we've dropped from 25.50 a month to 21.50 a month since we fitted the remote control units to the sockets 5 months ago (and that and switching the non-remote controlled things off is the only change we've made) - (so you're right it's a bit of an exaggeration - we saved 4 not 5 a month) and the price of our electricity per unit has gone up in that time.
    Originally posted by PQ.
    With respect that's hardly a scientific experiment to calculate what your savings are - "my bills dropped from 25.50 to 21.50."

    Let us know the standby wattage of that lot above or work it out and it will be a lot less than you think. Without knowing the standby consumption you can't possibly make such statements.

    If you think it does save you that - then lets leave it at that.

    Standby consumption for the average household can be measured in pence per month, not anything like the figure you were indicating in the advice you were offering to people earlier on how to cut their consumption.

    There is frankly so much nonsense talked about high standby consumption that all, un-informed people think they need to do to drastically reduce their consumption is switch the telly off standby - and they don't take the steps that really matter.
  • monopoly money
    until now i had not realised how stupid we have been. We live in a two bed house and we have been paying way too much from what i can tell, we have storage heating which during the winter was not used that often, i thought our bills where so high becouse we have a tumber dryer two computers and two laptops. We pay 280 a month. 3360 a year. im calling the electricity comp tom!!
    Originally posted by newg


    blimey! i thought our 70 per month was bad!! i used one of those plug in things that tell you how much your appliance is using! my freezer was one thing, i need a new energy efficient one! also i was told (how true it is i dont know) that the older your pc the more electricity it uses! :confused: the newer the pc the faster it is the less leccy it uses!
    Phil
  • MrCrusher
    According to the pamphlets you get from the Energy suppliers and even the current BG advertising on TV and billboards, they claim 3300kWh p.a is the average household for electric and 20500kWh for gas.

    I've paid 27p.m for gas, 35p.m for electric for 3yrs on direct debit to SSE. My d.d. now just covers the costs of the yearly usage.

    Year on year, I use about 4000kWh on electric.

    06/03 to 03/04 gas usage 18,500kWh - 50 in credit-cashback 04/04
    04/05 to 03/06 gas usage 18,600kWh - 100 in credit-cashback 05/06
    04/06 to 03/07 gas usage 11,500kWh - 30-no cashback- not worth it

    I had a new condensing combi installed 10/05- note the drop in usage- also note that because of the price increases, I'm barely in credit.

    I hope the prices see a substantial drop soon so the boiler can "pay" for it's self. Glad I had the boiler installed though, I shudder to think of the monthly gas d.d. otherwise.
  • tosca5
    Moved into a 4 bed property in oct, which has the dreaded storage heating.I only have 2 on all the time and occasionaly switch a third one on.
    My electricity has cost me a whooping £1260, (pre-payment meter).
    Last edited by tosca5; 07-06-2007 at 2:34 PM.
  • MonkeyLady
    Wow I can't believe how much some of you are having to pay for gas and electricity. Our direct debits for gas and electric have recently gone down to 14 a month each. We did overpay slightly for a few months last year when they bumped the gas up to 23 and electric to 48.50 so we have some of this to use but even so if we claimed the money back we still wouldn't be paying a huge amount compared to the rest of you, although I'd have seen it as such. This forum certainly makes you appreciate things!
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    • GunJack
    • By GunJack 3rd Jun 07, 7:26 PM
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    GunJack
    Jeez, there seem to be some horror stories on consumption here. For the record, we are in a 3-bed semi that's 17 yrs old, have 2 kids (so more washing, tumble drying, etc.), gas water/central heating, and end up paying £360 per year gas and £620 for electric, and we're hardly the most economical family what with tv X4 , PS2 X 3, pc, PS3 and the usual other appliances, oh and we cook on electric too !!

    BTW, in Cambridgeshire and with Southern for both
    Last edited by GunJack; 03-06-2007 at 7:27 PM. Reason: added info
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  • Hapless
    54 yr old house, 4 bedrooms, EDF energy 43 a quarter. Night storage heaters (not used), Electric immersion (not used).
    Water heated by and cooking done by wood fuelled rayburn.
    Open fire in living room.
    200 a year on coal in the winter, otherwise wood free from a bloke who needs his woodland managed.Electric used for fridge (A+ rated), washing machine (AA+ rated), Chest freezer (A+ rated), tumble dryer used rarely. Other uses, TV, radios, Computer, PS2, charging phones, lights (energy saver bulbs).
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    • Contains Mild Peril
    • By Contains Mild Peril 3rd Jun 07, 10:46 PM
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    Contains Mild Peril
    Have moved into rented house end of October 2006 and received my first bill up to 18th Jan 2007 and it is for 530.00!!!! When I irst moved in and gave meter readings they said DD would bne 61.50 a month - thought that sounds great. Scottish Power have been out and meter ok apart from I thought I was on economy 7 but am actually on something called twin heat A! Apparently I have cheap rate 4.064p from 3am to 7am and then 1.30pm till 4.30pm. After that am charged at 10.740p. Have storage heaters (8 various sizes) not sure if they are working efficiently or if they are set right. I keep turning the knobs down and son keeps turning them up! Water heated by Horstmann quartz thingy. Have calculated my usage since 18th Jan to 21st Feb as 3,131 units, thats about 95 units a day! Would appear my cheap rate usage is 80% of the bill. Other items are, washing machine on once a day, small freezer, fridge, tv, computer, oven on once a day, microwave several times a day. dryer used only for emergency items (i.e. daughter prior to going out who decides she has to wear something that isn't washed!)

    Scottish Power want to increase DD from 61.50 to 180 a month!!! ha. Work part time on minimum wage plus WTC. At this rate will be turning everything off, using candles and will burn furniture in fireplace for heat!!! Will then send kids down the mine to nick coal and forage in forest for wood!!! Help!

    In my last rented property had a prepayment meter and was putting about 35-40 a week in that in winter and only had 3 storage heaters working plus an open coal fire. Even in summer with no heating it was still 15 a week!
    (Plus gonna have an excess bill from this as they now say electricity prepayment meter was not set right in Jan 2005 and even though they had been out and checked it, they didn't increase the settings to take into account rate increases!!!)

    Do ya think its just me and I'm a wasteful electricity harlot!!!!

    If anyone has any advice would be grateful before I unplug all devices which will unfortunately include my beloved computer!
    Originally posted by emmylu
    Stop using the storage heaters. My council flat used to have old-fashioned storage heaters and they were so incredibly inefficient we hardly ever used them. They cost a fortune to run and gave little heat. Luckily they gave us gas central heating a few years back, so we can now afford to stay tolerably warm in winter.
    I can't remember what settings we used on the old heaters, but our housing officer advised us on the best settings when we moved in. We tried tweaking the settings (on the few occasions when it was so bitterly cold we resorted to trying them again) but they were still rubbish.
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