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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

You may not vote on this poll

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.
    Moi....?

    Martin asked me to say I'm a volunteer Board Guide on the Utilities board, facilitating its smooth running. I can move & change posts there. However I do not read every post.
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    Views I express are mine alone, and not official ones of MoneySavingExpert.com
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  • roger56
    • #2
    • 14th Jul 05, 4:32 PM
    • #2
    • 14th Jul 05, 4:32 PM
    What happened to the sticky re this poll and my comments on getting a meaningful poll for moneysavers? It appears to have been removed, any reason?
    • princessmoneysaver
    • By princessmoneysaver 14th Jul 05, 4:56 PM
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    • #3
    • 14th Jul 05, 4:56 PM
    • #3
    • 14th Jul 05, 4:56 PM
    Mine was £7 a week on Prepayment during the winter & less than £5 a week during the summer. Have now *eventually* changed to a normal meter so will see how much it is now.

    Yvonne
  • scattycat
    • #4
    • 15th Jul 05, 12:57 PM
    • #4
    • 15th Jul 05, 12:57 PM
    Rodger you had a pm explaning reason at time. Post duplicated in error
    Moi....?

    Martin asked me to say I'm a volunteer Board Guide on the Utilities board, facilitating its smooth running. I can move & change posts there. However I do not read every post.
    Dealing with abusive or illegal posts is not part of my role, so if you spot any, please report them HERE.
    Views I express are mine alone, and not official ones of MoneySavingExpert.com
    • tysonwatts
    • By tysonwatts 4th Sep 05, 5:15 PM
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    tysonwatts
    • #5
    • 4th Sep 05, 5:15 PM
    • #5
    • 4th Sep 05, 5:15 PM
    I live in the 3 bed terrased mine is more than 60 pound a month by direct debit, and i still getting into debt. My last house was all elec no gas and only cost me 25 a month have contacted power gen about this but all they send me is a booklet how to save money, my appliences are mostly a rated i cook and heat water gas, and as for instalation it is a housing assositian propertie. Anybody any ideas?
    • donnalou
    • By donnalou 8th Sep 05, 9:52 PM
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    donnalou
    • #6
    • 8th Sep 05, 9:52 PM
    powergen
    • #6
    • 8th Sep 05, 9:52 PM
    I know how you feel I've had the same problem with Powergen i moved 5 months ago i live in the same size property ( a small flat)I used to pay £28 a month by direct debit i've just recieved my 1st bill for 5 months at £251 over £50 a month, the only difference being i now have an electric cooker.
    • meadowcat
    • By meadowcat 27th Sep 05, 10:09 PM
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    meadowcat
    • #7
    • 27th Sep 05, 10:09 PM
    • #7
    • 27th Sep 05, 10:09 PM
    Perhaps cost per month is not the best way to compare. What about taking into account the units used and cost per unit.

    I have worked out that I use an average of 17 units a day and the cost per unit is 9.95p (N.Ireland Electricity). I have solar water heating, oil heating, gas hob, electric oven. I have energy saving bulbs everywhere - even outside. My last electricity bill was over £170. I'm hoping to get it down a bit.
    • Hemel Saint
    • By Hemel Saint 28th Oct 05, 11:06 PM
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    Hemel Saint
    • #8
    • 28th Oct 05, 11:06 PM
    34 units a day £68 a month
    • #8
    • 28th Oct 05, 11:06 PM
    prompted by this thread, I decided to do a bit of investigation of my Electric bill.

    Is there anyone who can help and give some guidance on what should be an average usage of units or cost?

    I live in a 3-bed mid-terrace and over the last 12 months the average is 34 units a day working out at £68 a month. Surely, I am way too high????


    any advice???

    cheers.
    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 29th Oct 05, 9:08 AM
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    Cardew
    • #9
    • 29th Oct 05, 9:08 AM
    • #9
    • 29th Oct 05, 9:08 AM
    prompted by this thread, I decided to do a bit of investigation of my Electric bill.

    Is there anyone who can help and give some guidance on what should be an average usage of units or cost?

    I live in a 3-bed mid-terrace and over the last 12 months the average is 34 units a day working out at £68 a month. Surely, I am way too high????


    any advice???

    cheers.
    by Hemel Saint
    What do you use for heating rooms and water?

    How many people in house?

    If you do not heat rooms with electricity it is largely irrelevant what size/type house you have.

    365 x 34 = 12,410kWh which is 3-4 times the average for houses that do not use electricity for heating/water.

    12,410 units at, say, 7p = £868 which is approx in line with your £68 a month so it seems like you are not on Economy 7.

    If you do use electricity for heating/water you should consider E7
    • Hemel Saint
    • By Hemel Saint 29th Oct 05, 10:28 AM
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    Hemel Saint
    Thanks for the reply. Cardew.

    We have 2 people in the house all year, and two children come home, when the universities break up.

    Our heating is gas.

    I will phone my supplier BritishGas for some advice and guidance on average comsumption data.

    I will let you know...
    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 29th Oct 05, 4:07 PM
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    Cardew
    Thanks for the reply. Cardew.

    We have 2 people in the house all year, and two children come home, when the universities break up.

    Our heating is gas.

    I will phone my supplier BritishGas for some advice and guidance on average comsumption data.

    I will let you know...
    by Hemel Saint
    Well you are certainly using a huge amount of electricity.

    3 people in my house and no real attempt to economise - 2 fridges, dishwasher, freezer, dryer, washing machine, electric cooker etc etc and you use double our consumption.

    It is difficult to see how you could use that much.
    Thoughts:

    You haven't got your immersion heater switched on have you?

    Defective fridge or freezer? - seals gone and compressor running continuously.

    It would be fairly easy to check by switching everything off and then switching them on item by item and check your meter.
  • Phonix
    We pay £73 a month mostly for electricity on a direct debit. We have checked using the readings and apparently the estimated figure is correct.

    Our electricy usage is fairly average really.
  • equinoctia
    Hi, Found this site again whilst looking for similar info myself.

    For electricity use, the average figures can be found here:
    http://www.aepuk.com/need_info.php#3

    But I've been unable to find a similar breakdown for gas use, or any statistics that go by household size.

    I looked at the Office for National Statistics site, under Energy, but did not find anything available that was relevant. (though didn't try that hard.)

    Only when my next bill arrives will I have been supplying readings to the power company for a full year (as opposed to allowing them to go by estimates), and it's only been a few months since I started making a big effort to save power, so I have not answered the poll.

    (I only used 35 units of gas last quarter - and it looks like it will come in at slightly less this one. It's a 1-bed flat.)
    For the past 9 billed months, my electricity consumption averaged about £17p/m (approx 6.5 units per day), and I was paying £25 DD.
    Last edited by equinoctia; 30-10-2005 at 12:35 PM.
    • Hemel Saint
    • By Hemel Saint 31st Oct 05, 1:34 AM
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    Hemel Saint
    <<<I will phone my supplier BritishGas for some advice and guidance on average comsumption data.

    I will let you know...
    >>>

    Well I phoned British Gas, and their reply was:
    "We supply you with the energy; itís up to you how you use it"
    I then repeated my question... (Perhaps I was misunderstood)
    "Yes I do understand that every user is different, but is there any advice or statistics you can share with me on average usersí consumption?"
    The reply was...
    "Again I repeat, we supply the source, I can not tell you what our customers use it for"
    I though that he may not be allowed to share this data with his customers, so I asked him if he could advice me where I could get this data from. Again they said they were not prepared to help!!
    I thanked him for his exemplary customer service and hung-up!

    Wow!
    So British Gas, you supply us with Electricity, and we pay you every month, because thatís all you care about. Any form of customer service is irrelevant because you've done your bit; you've sent the power and taken the payment!
    Nothing else matters, we are the customer who will just pay up every month, because thatís all you care about. Collect our cash and say 'up yours' because you have us over a barrel....
    ....Wrong British Gas, because you have just lost a customer, and I hope some others on this web site will do the same...

    Ggggrrrrrrr!!!!


    Thanks for reading this far and letting me get that off my chest.
    • Hemel Saint
    • By Hemel Saint 31st Oct 05, 1:40 AM
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    Hemel Saint
    <<<
    Hi, Found this site again whilst looking for similar info myself.

    For electricity use, the average figures can be found here:
    http://www.aepuk.com/need_info.php#3
    <<<

    Thanks very much for the link....
    Now surely British Gas could have done something like that. If they had, then customer service would have been met in my eyes.

    Oh silly me, I forgot... they are just another of those big companies with a "we dont care about you little people, just keep paying us your hard-earned money"

    Yep, I am Still fuming....
  • steve237
    I came here because my electricity bill has doubled since I moved home, a mile round the corner to a house with an extra bedroom!

    I wondered whether there might be an error with my meter but judging from these comments this isn't the case.

    I'm with Scottish Power Manweb, the last 26 days electricity have cost me £60 and I have used an average of 12.5 units per day

    Just the two of us live in a 4-bed detached with gas central heating on a combination boiler. Our last house was a gas boiler on a timer - could this be what's made the difference?

    According to energyhelpline.con I can save £160 a year by switching, so I will obviously do this.

    I just can't figure out why my electricity useage is so much higher since we've moved.
    • Rebob
    • By Rebob 4th Jan 06, 11:18 PM
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    Rebob
    In my house, 3 bed detached, there are 2 adults and a child. We have storage heaters and an immersion heater for the water. Our bill over the year is around £55.
    The best bargains are priceless!!!!!!!!!!
  • GreenFingers
    Electricity Ė Actual costs for 2005.
    Iíve now completed all my actual costs for 2005 and for electricity is has worked out as follows :-

    £0.61 pence per day or an average of £18.55 per month (0.61 x 365 /12)

    The costs above include the VAT element. Due to the great advice and knowledge on this site I have used less Units of Electricity and overall it works out 27.38% cheaper than 2004 even though there were considerable price rises. I live alone and the property is a three bed roomed detached cottage (1930ís build). The main electrical appliances I use are: -

    Washing machine
    Fridge
    Freezer
    Lighting
    Bread Maker
    Slow Cooker and Microwave
    Various electrical tools in the garage
    Computer & printer
    TV
    Vacuum cleaner

    Hope this helps....
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    • Poppycat
    • By Poppycat 5th Jan 06, 1:12 AM
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    Poppycat
    I live in a 2 up 2 down terraced house built in 1890's, 2 adults, myself at home most days, 2 teenagers and 1 delightful cat. We have double glazing throughout and very thick roof insulation in the loft, it is also boarded out whereever possible and has a extra insulation being Kingspan full length of roof.

    Our bill breaks down as this

    Electric
    12/09/05 - 16/01/05 608 units
    17/10/05 - 05/12/05 962 units

    Gas
    12/09/05 - 16/01/05 26 units
    17/10/05 - 05/12/05 63 units

    Heating is gas central heating and one gas fire rarely use the fire. We have energy bulbs where ever posisble but we do use spotlights downstairs and halogen spotlights in two rooms.

    We pay £70 per month DD thats for gas/electric. It has doubled in a year. I have tried to save wherever possible and now as off next time read my own meter saving £15 per annum. I am with Scottish gas online tarrfic. Hope that helps.

    Usually eletcrical items

    Dyson hoover. 4 pc's not all on at once (2 have lcds, one 17" monitor the other no monitor conencted to pc with a KVM switch). Main tv is LCD tv, dvd recorder, dvd player, pvr, amp/speakers (not used alot) micorwaves used a lot. Gas cooker, tumble washer dryer (washer used daily dryer very rarely used, is now being replaced with a more energy efficent one next week rating AAB). 24" tv upstairs used on an evening for crapTV, 14" tv/video and freeview using for youngest, she plays pc and watches tv after school up to 10pm. Shower is electric

  • firespire
    I came here because my electricity bill has doubled since I moved home, a mile round the corner to a house with an extra bedroom!

    I wondered whether there might be an error with my meter but judging from these comments this isn't the case.

    I just can't figure out why my electricity useage is so much higher since we've moved.
    by steve237
    If you turn off everyting does your electricity meter stop turning?
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