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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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    • DavidP24
    • By DavidP24 16th May 13, 5:12 PM
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    DavidP24
    Had a shock when I moved to new flat, Landlord said Electricity was "SO CHEAP" so I left storage heaters at the setting with it on higher when we had the snow.

    My bill was effectively 178 a month for the quarter, really is heat or eat, so turned off hot water and heating.

    Still costing 50 a month for a two bed flat PC, Microwave, Kettle, Oven and fridge are only things left and a bit of TV for 2 hours a night.
    Thanks, don't you just hate people with sigs !
    • DavidP24
    • By DavidP24 16th May 13, 5:16 PM
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    DavidP24
    I'm quite shocked at how much people pay.
    I live in a ground floor 1 bed flat, I'm the only one who lives here.
    It's all electric & I have 1 storage heater in the living room & 1 in bedroom. Bathroom has a wall mounted fan heater.

    I work quite long hours so when I'm at work I'm out for about 12/13 hours.
    On my days off I usually spend one day at home relaxing & doing some housework & one day going out.
    I usually leave the heater on in the living room quite low & don't use the one in bedroom as I have an electric blanket so put that on for a few mins if I'm cold.

    I pay 9 per month dd and I still build up a bit of credit.
    Am I just incredibly lucky? Or is anyone else similar to me paying roughly the same?
    Originally posted by mkgirl1981
    What you are effectively saying is that you do not use electricity because you are out.
    Thanks, don't you just hate people with sigs !
    • valeriej43
    • By valeriej43 22nd May 13, 6:20 PM
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    valeriej43
    cant afford to heat
    Had a phone call fro Eon saying my dual fuel has to go up to 135 a month, more than a weeks pension, i know my electricity was quite high last year, but cut down drastically, i was paying Eon when i joined @ 86b a month,which i was told would cover it by the EON rep, he looked at my bill from previous supplier and came to the conclusion 86 would be enough, then got a shock as my bills were not being covered, i am furious that i was misled,
    I was only a couple of payments behind when i got my last bill, so i dont see how i need to pay 135 now
    I am now looking for a cheaper deal,or i will not use my heating
    • lstar337
    • By lstar337 23rd May 13, 10:49 AM
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    lstar337
    This poll never really catered for the 'all-electric' crowd, did it.

    My bill is more than 150 during winter, and still more than 30 during summer.
  • adamstewart5989
    Average family spent 30 percent of his income on electricity bill payment. That is absolutely correct that electricty bills in winters are maximum, but we can reduce this bill by taking simple initiatives like switch off the appliances when not in use, also you can use electricity saver appliances to reduce the power consumption. Another way to reduce or I say to take total control on your electricity prices is to go prepaid. With these prepaid meters you can take total control over you money and electricity consumption. Most of the providers install these meters for free, to stop the overdue debt on poor people by the huge electricity bills
    • lstar337
    • By lstar337 28th May 13, 9:33 AM
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    lstar337
    Average family spent 30 percent of his income on electricity bill payment. That is absolutely correct that electricty bills in winters are maximum, but we can reduce this bill by taking simple initiatives like switch off the appliances when not in use, also you can use electricity saver appliances to reduce the power consumption.
    Originally posted by adamstewart5989
    Already do that, but switching off appliances amounts to pretty much nothing. Probably saves me less than a penny a day.

    Heating is the real issue, and that can only be changed by sitting in the cold.

    Another way to reduce or I say to take total control on your electricity prices is to go prepaid. With these prepaid meters you can take total control over you money and electricity consumption. Most of the providers install these meters for free, to stop the overdue debt on poor people by the huge electricity bills
    Originally posted by adamstewart5989
    Already got a pre-pay meter. It is also worth pointing out to others, that while pre-pays help with usage and budgeting, you often pay more for your electric as most suppliers only allow standard tarrif (most expensive) on these.
    • Chrysalis
    • By Chrysalis 28th May 13, 11:32 AM
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    Chrysalis
    its all a game of cat and mouse, and the ultimate result is consumers save nothing.

    What happens if everyone in the country tommorow suddenly uses 20% less gas/electric?

    Simple, the prices go up 20% to compensate the companies for loss of profit and we back to where we were. I would hazard a guess with all the power saving devices today and more efficient boilers, insulation etc. that today people are using much less than say 20 years ago but paying more due to inflation.
    • lstar337
    • By lstar337 28th May 13, 4:13 PM
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    lstar337
    its all a game of cat and mouse, and the ultimate result is consumers save nothing.

    What happens if everyone in the country tommorow suddenly uses 20% less gas/electric?

    Simple, the prices go up 20% to compensate the companies for loss of profit and we back to where we were. I would hazard a guess with all the power saving devices today and more efficient boilers, insulation etc. that today people are using much less than say 20 years ago but paying more due to inflation.
    Originally posted by Chrysalis
    You have to stay ahead of the game though.

    The people who are trying to cut consumption are saving money, but mostly only by keeping their bills the same. They are really only absorbing the cost increases. The people who don't drop their consumption will be paying more, while the ones that did, will be paying roughly what they paid before.

    It isn't going to pay to not cut consumption, because the prices are going to rise anyway.
    • Chrysalis
    • By Chrysalis 29th May 13, 5:15 PM
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    Chrysalis
    You have to stay ahead of the game though.

    The people who are trying to cut consumption are saving money, but mostly only by keeping their bills the same. They are really only absorbing the cost increases. The people who don't drop their consumption will be paying more, while the ones that did, will be paying roughly what they paid before.

    It isn't going to pay to not cut consumption, because the prices are going to rise anyway.
    Originally posted by lstar337
    Thats true, in some cases people cant do anything to reduce and pay more as a result of the companies balancing their books to counter the reduced consumption.
  • adamstewart5989
    Already do that, but switching off appliances amounts to pretty much nothing. Probably saves me less than a penny a day.

    Heating is the real issue, and that can only be changed by sitting in the cold.

    Already got a pre-pay meter. It is also worth pointing out to others, that while pre-pays help with usage and budgeting, you often pay more for your electric as most suppliers only allow standard tarrif (most expensive) on these.
    Originally posted by lstar337
    My prepaid electricity provider gives me cheapest electricity in Ireland. Actually the first 0 to 50 units consumed are charged at the rate of Ksh 2.00 per unit and Additional units from 51 to 1,500 units are charged at the rate of Ksh 8.10 per unit which is pretty less as compared to conventional supply.So you can not say all of them are expensive.
    • DragonQ
    • By DragonQ 4th Jun 13, 10:01 AM
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    DragonQ
    Yesterday I used 1.1 kWh during the day when I was at work (~7 hours). That's 155 W of constant usage, of which maybe 50 W is my server. The only other devices on are my network devices (modem, router, two switches) and the fridge. I guess the numbers sound about right, and there isn't much I can do to reduce it.
  • Wywth
    My prepaid electricity provider gives me cheapest electricity in Ireland. Actually the first 0 to 50 units consumed are charged at the rate of Ksh 2.00 per unit and Additional units from 51 to 1,500 units are charged at the rate of Ksh 8.10 per unit which is pretty less as compared to conventional supply.So you can not say all of them are expensive.
    Originally posted by adamstewart5989


    ksh? Kenyan Shillings? (a Kenyan shilling is about 1p)

    There is not as much competition in energy supply in Northern Ireland compared to Mainland Britain, but I'd be interested in which of the 4 available suppliers charge as little as you suggest.
  • Wywth
    Average family spent 30 percent of his income on electricity bill payment. ...
    Originally posted by adamstewart5989
    It is customary on forums to provide a source when quoting such (dubious?) statistics.

    Ofgem quote the average dual fuel home uses 3300kWh of electricity and 16,500kWh gas per year
    That gives a typical annual cost to a user on an average standard tariff paying quarterly of just over 1400 a year.
    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/utilities/you-switch-gas-electricity

    Even if that were to increase to say 2000 per year (my wild guess) for an all electric home, that would mean by your statistic the average family were living on less than 6700 per year - thats less than the NMW for a full time worker
    Last edited by Wywth; 04-06-2013 at 11:13 AM.
    • Chrysalis
    • By Chrysalis 4th Jun 13, 3:49 PM
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    Chrysalis
    I have my electric supplier coming out again.

    Basically I ran a test.

    Left my pc on and everything else off for 24 hours.

    the watts meter I have recorded a constant usage with pc idle of about 140 watts and total 3.1 units use.

    My electric meter recorded 8 units use.

    Atlantic keep insisting I am using that much electric.

    I did another test 2 months ago.

    When I went to my parents for the weekend, my entire flat was powered down, at the dip switches so lights, sockets etc didnt work.

    When I came back the meter recorded 4 units used.

    instead of average costs poll I would like to have seen a average units used poll, alongside how many people live in the property so we get to see a unit to person comparison.

    To give you an diea how whacked things are, I currently spend more than 30 a month on electric and I live on my own. the only things always on are my pc, network equipment and fridge. I rarely if ever use tv (watch tv on pc), cooker is occasionally used once/twice day, kettle used 3-4 times a day (and isnt filled), xbox360 or ps3 used once or twice a week maybe for 4 hours or so at a time, when used it uses my pc monitor so not a 2nd display device.

    Yet my units average 12-13 a day and a bill of over 130 a quarter.

    an alectrician I know says he frequently sees higher consumption in flats and thinks either wiring is very dodgy in flats or a lot of tapping is going on, but in his opinion it gets ignored as it makes the power companies more profit.
    Last edited by Chrysalis; 04-06-2013 at 3:56 PM.
  • Wywth
    I have my electric supplier coming out again.

    Basically I ran a test.

    Left my pc on and everything else off for 24 hours.

    the watts meter I have recorded a constant usage with pc idle of about 140 watts and total 3.1 units use.

    My electric meter recorded 8 units use.

    Atlantic keep insisting I am using that much electric.

    I did another test 2 months ago.

    When I went to my parents for the weekend, my entire flat was powered down, at the dip switches so lights, sockets etc didnt work.

    When I came back the meter recorded 4 units used.

    instead of average costs poll I would like to have seen a average units used poll, alongside how many people live in the property so we get to see a unit to person comparison.

    To give you an diea how whacked things are, I currently spend more than 30 a month on electric and I live on my own. the only things always on are my pc, network equipment and fridge. I rarely if ever use tv (watch tv on pc), cooker is occasionally used once/twice day, kettle used 3-4 times a day (and isnt filled), xbox360 or ps3 used once or twice a week maybe for 4 hours or so at a time, when used it uses my pc monitor so not a 2nd display device.

    Yet my units average 12-13 a day and a bill of over 130 a quarter.

    an alectrician I know says he frequently sees higher consumption in flats and thinks either wiring is very dodgy in flats or a lot of tapping is going on, but in his opinion it gets ignored as it makes the power companies more profit.
    Originally posted by Chrysalis
    Don't forget to restock your freezer ... and thow out any defrosted items you will not use immediately.
    • Chrysalis
    • By Chrysalis 4th Jun 13, 4:36 PM
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    Chrysalis
    Don't forget to restock your freezer ... and thow out any defrosted items you will not use immediately.
    Originally posted by Wywth
    yes that was annoying, but when I went to mny parents I moved the food t my sister's freezer.

    See this site.

    http://www.highelectricbill.com/Multi-meter.htm

    Seems a few things can go wrong in flats.

    Where I live was originally a house converted to 3 flats, it has no communal area.

    A couple of years back my landlord had a security light fitted thats the first problem, there is no landlord meter, so someone is paying for that security light.

    Second problem is the weird results of my tests.

    Third problem is my usage I am been billed for seems just completely unrealistic.

    the 38 I am paying a month is also 400 under. today I sent my meter reading in which was 4000 units higher than the estimate and had to pay off 400 to avoid a massive increase in direct debit. But they agreed to hold that 400 to potentially refund it as my meter is going to be investigated, however they are only going to check the meter, not the wiring, and if no fault found I have to pay for the check.

    Also when I cut of my power I only used the dipswitches in my kitchen, not the main big switch above my meter in the shared meter cupboard. (as I am not sure that safe to touch it hasa big label warning to not touch it unless qualified)..
  • Dorset82
    Too much : ( and then we here the companies are making 100's of millions in profit each year. Something isn't right.
  • Wywth
    Had a phone call fro Eon saying my dual fuel has to go up to 135 a month, more than a weeks pension, i know my electricity was quite high last year, but cut down drastically, i was paying Eon when i joined @ 86b a month,which i was told would cover it by the EON rep, he looked at my bill from previous supplier and came to the conclusion 86 would be enough, then got a shock as my bills were not being covered, i am furious that i was misled,
    I was only a couple of payments behind when i got my last bill, so i dont see how i need to pay 135 now
    I am now looking for a cheaper deal,or i will not use my heating
    Originally posted by valeriej43
    But you knew about this about 2 weeks earlier
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?p=61145645&highlight=#post61145645
    There you say the increase is due to your existing tariff coming to an end.


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    Last edited by Wywth; 06-06-2013 at 3:12 PM.
    • PollySouthend
    • By PollySouthend 30th Sep 13, 5:08 PM
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    PollySouthend
    We need a new poll, what was the cost per kw back in 2005? 4p?
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 11th Oct 13, 3:09 PM
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    pineapple
    We need a new poll, what was the cost per kw back in 2005? 4p?
    Originally posted by PollySouthend
    I've had to do detective work to find the unit cost of my electricity. It's not stated in the online bill. And just recently I was informed my deal was coming to an end. I looked up the recommended alternative and no unit cost. Just comparison figures. Typical of so many suppliers. Yes I know there are variables but I would still like the unit cost up there big and bold. Are you listening Scottish Power and others? I'm not interested in average costs for high, medium and low usage. I'm not interested in comparative annual estimates. Give me the unit cost why don't you!
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