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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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    • *Louise*
    • By *Louise* 5th Jan 06, 3:35 AM
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    *Louise*
    My electricity was 40 in the Summer and 80+ in the winter, as we had electric heating.

    Got Gas fitted in October, and the electricity has gone down to 50 p/m.

    Unfortunately the first gas bill was 73 for one month.. ..so much for savin money :rolleyes:

    It's only a 2-bedroom flat as well.
  • roswell
    Hi *Louise*

    Have you checked what temprature your hot water is on it shouldnt need to be on more than 50 and also see if the heating is set to auto if so turn it off when your not using the heating (obviousely not in freezing conditions but most of summer will do.)

    Just an idea, gas fires eat gas if thats , makes sence
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  • iyiarz
    I'm going to get one of these:

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=38343&TabID=1&C=SEO&U=SEOsear chPages&doy=search

    Then I can test some of my appliances to see whats chewing the electric.
    • Poppycat
    • By Poppycat 10th Jan 06, 12:10 AM
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    Poppycat
    These are cheaper I have one of these, they a great

    http://www.tchibo.co.uk/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/uk/-/GBP/TdUkDisplayProductInformation-Start;sid=Lnb4m9gsKXP4npvu1R_y_9u4__j_03VNNh8=?Pro ductSKU=0001039


  • iyiarz
    Thanks, thats a fair bit cheaper!
    • *Louise*
    • By *Louise* 10th Jan 06, 2:05 AM
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    *Louise*
    Hi *Louise*

    Have you checked what temprature your hot water is on it shouldnt need to be on more than 50 and also see if the heating is set to auto if so turn it off when your not using the heating (obviousely not in freezing conditions but most of summer will do.)

    Just an idea, gas fires eat gas if thats , makes sence
    by roswell
    Thanks

    I think the water is at around 50, the room temp is at about 19C (cant turn it any lower really, as I have a baby in the house)

    No gas fire - just radiators.

    I reckon we just have to fiddle with dials a bit till we get used to it - going to have to, cant afford 130 p/m for gas and leccy!

    And I have changed from British Gas...so thats a start!
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    • rubix_76
    • By rubix_76 10th Apr 06, 3:49 PM
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    rubix_76
    I lived in a flat with some friends, and shortly after I left (It wasn't my fault honest ) they had some problems with their economy 7.

    Everything in the flat was Elec, and to cut a long story short the timer that switched to the lower rate to heat their night storage heaters wasn't working so they were being charged FULL-WACK for their elec, the guy KEPT calling their provider and it took them ages to sort it out and get some money back.

    Also another thought, you haven't got a nasty neighbour tha has a 4 way extension lead plugged into your shed with a 3kW heater running 24/7 (just a thought

    I'm in the process of switching and I have found we use hardly any elec (almost half of the pole voted for on here 2400kWh per year approx) and we have an electric fan oven too, but we make up for it by using 18780 kWh gas (buit that is still low)

    Sorry if I have depressed anyone, but I am happy that I am about to save 280pa

    Rubix
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    • Chrysalis
    • By Chrysalis 19th May 06, 9:06 PM
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    Chrysalis
    winter/summer usually not much difference I think probably due to a lot of my bills been estimated so it doesnt work out actual usage every single bill.

    I have noticed each bill is higher cost per kilowhatt and as such usually increases, I am averaging around 25 per month at current for a bedsit.
  • fabrica12
    powergen bills in a bedsit
    I'm certain i'm being ripped off by powergen. I live in a bedsit all electric, low engergy light bulbs and the rest.economy 7.:confused: My last bill for march til june was 127.29. Is that normal averaging at 43.00 a month? that's a rise (yes I actually worked it out ) of 119.23 from last year. surly I'm not using that much electric, i'm almost never here. Begining to think i'm running the train station next door!!
    • oldwiring
    • By oldwiring 9th Jul 06, 7:28 AM
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    oldwiring
    Less than £15 summer £20 winter. Our ratio is skewed becaue we use an electric oven and use our conservatory wellbeyond the summer season and that is not on the CH circuit.
    Last edited by oldwiring; 12-07-2006 at 9:55 AM.
    • azka
    • By azka 11th Jul 06, 11:06 PM
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    azka
    I live in a 4 bedroom house 3 kids 2 adults. my average monthly electricity bill is about £18 and gas is £27.
    • *Louise*
    • By *Louise* 12th Jul 06, 2:35 AM
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    *Louise*
    I live in a 4 bedroom house 3 kids 2 adults. my average monthly electricity bill is about 18 and gas is 27.
    by azka
    How the heck do you manage that???:confused:
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    • *Louise*
    • By *Louise* 12th Jul 06, 2:38 AM
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    *Louise*
    I don't know what these companies are up to...I was comparing my bill with my mum's....mine was £170 for 3 months...hers was £100 for 4 months:confused:

    We are both with the same supplier...she has 2-bed house, I have 2-bed flat.

    Also, there was a few times in feb/March when I visited and she had her heating cranked up to 25C!!!!

    I must be doing something wrong...but I can't for the life of me figure what.
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  • bonnie
    my gas has just gone up to £71.50 a month from £39 a month in 2003 my usage hasn't changed at all. my electric is £35 a month total £106.50 a month on power, time to go back to the dark ages i think.
    • oldwiring
    • By oldwiring 20th Jul 06, 6:04 PM
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    oldwiring
    I don't know what these companies are up to...I was comparing my bill with my mum's....mine was 170 for 3 months...hers was 100 for 4 months:confused:

    We are both with the same supplier...she has 2-bed house, I have 2-bed flat.

    Also, there was a few times in feb/March when I visited and she had her heating cranked up to 25C!!!!

    I must be doing something wrong...but I can't for the life of me figure what.
    by *Louise*
    Rather than compare the amount paid which could be based on estiamtes with adjustments for previous years' under/voerpayments, and therefore not an accurate measure, I think you should compare actual readings. You'll then know how your usage compares. Another thing is insulation, whehter your flat is as well insulated as mum's house. If mum's is insulated to more modern stnadafs than yours that could also make a difference. I'd suggest.
  • newg
    Rather than compare the amount paid which could be based on estiamtes with adjustments for previous years' under/voerpayments, and therefore not an accurate measure, I think you should compare actual readings. You'll then know how your usage compares. Another thing is insulation, whehter your flat is as well insulated as mum's house. If mum's is insulated to more modern stnadafs than yours that could also make a difference. I'd suggest.
    by oldwiring
    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!!
    • Donegal_Paul
    • By Donegal_Paul 14th Aug 06, 4:02 PM
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    Donegal_Paul
    Well today the wifes been stung by Powergen for £403!!!

    Looking online at my bill we still owe 1200 quid!!

    Last year we were paying £25 a month, I put it up to £50 a month to clear a backlog they said we owed, but now, im left with a 1200 quid bill after this 400 has gone out which we cant afford!

    Heres a cut and paste from Powergen, its in reverse order.


    Date Charge Balance
    30 Jun 2006 251.42 1695.65
    24 Mar 2006 661.53 1594.23
    22 Dec 2005 379.33 1082.70
    20 Sep 2005 108.11 853.37
    25 Jun 2005 490.18 895.26
    30 Mar 2005 191.87 483.08
    20 Dec 2004 232.04 369.21

    This is a 3 bed house with usual white goods, electric cooking, computer and laptop. No tumble dryer.
    Heatings gas.

    Anyone think this is too much?

    Im going to start a different thread elsewhere re the fact they have not told us they were going to take out 400 quid instead of the 50!!!
    • EagerLearner
    • By EagerLearner 14th Aug 06, 4:08 PM
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    EagerLearner
    I lived in a flat with some friends, and shortly after I left (It wasn't my fault honest ) they had some problems with their economy 7.

    Everything in the flat was Elec, and to cut a long story short the timer that switched to the lower rate to heat their night storage heaters wasn't working so they were being charged FULL-WACK for their elec, the guy KEPT calling their provider and it took them ages to sort it out and get some money back.

    Rubix
    by rubix_76
    I had the same - paid Seeboard 33 a month for ages for Economy 7 heating, then suddely they wanted 850 (one-off bill) - after months of calls and a complaint to Energywatch, bill was reduced to 350 Including the latest bill. Result for the consumer, for once ! If we'd been a little old lady, she'd have had no choice but to pay the big corporate!
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    • Donegal_Paul
    • By Donegal_Paul 14th Aug 06, 4:18 PM
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    Donegal_Paul
    Just had a look at http://www.aepuk.com/need_info.php#3 and am gobsmacked to see

    "The average person in the UK uses 1,930 'units' or kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year. The average household uses 4,478 units of electricity. "

    so, 4,478 units a year? OK, lets say im above average, (2 kids, 3 bedrooms etc) even rounding it up to say 6000 a year?

    If thats the case how can Powergen be saying i used 8858 units in the quarter ending 22 march 2006!!

    I just dont understand this!
    • EagerLearner
    • By EagerLearner 14th Aug 06, 4:30 PM
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    EagerLearner
    Donegal_Paul - see my post above - they DEFINATELY make mistakes - it's up to YOU to force them to explain themselves or re-calculate their costs. My £850 shocker bill was estimated (they had not corrected our fault meter despite numerous calls). We called and called. Finally, someone suggested we run through a checklist of what we used (this is how they calculate estimates). For the record we had Economy 7 heating, using the following electrical items:

    - Washing machine
    - Bath / shower
    - Kettle
    - Oven
    - Lighting
    - TV
    - Computer


    They had us down for much more -just a few of which like the following were ticked on their screen:

    - Dryer!
    - Microwave!
    - Dish Washer!

    These added loads to our estimated bill, but we then complained to Energywatch, once they'd looked into it Seeboard 'reviewed' their figures!
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