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    • guccigoo
    • By guccigoo 14th Mar 10, 4:14 PM
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    guccigoo
    i pay 45 a month for gas for a 3 bed house with only loft insulated cos i dont have cavity walls. electric i have a key meter and put 15 per week on that but never use it all.
    I will lose 2 stone by this summer!!!!!!
  • sweetcorn11
    gas
    i live in a small semi detached 3 bedroom property and no one is in in the day my wife is at colledge, i never have the heating on when i am in before i work in the afternoon. i have just had a gas bill which was from dec12th to feb 28th which was 230. considering we dont have the heating on in 2 of the bedrooms and the radiator in the other room only got fixed in mid january, is this bill correct. i think sometimes i am paying for the streets gas. oh i forgot to say the heating and water is all thats gas as everything else is electric........ please help
    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 16th Apr 10, 6:25 PM
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    Cardew
    i live in a small semi detached 3 bedroom property and no one is in in the day my wife is at colledge, i never have the heating on when i am in before i work in the afternoon. i have just had a gas bill which was from dec12th to feb 28th which was 230. considering we dont have the heating on in 2 of the bedrooms and the radiator in the other room only got fixed in mid january, is this bill correct. i think sometimes i am paying for the streets gas. oh i forgot to say the heating and water is all thats gas as everything else is electric........ please help
    Originally posted by sweetcorn11
    Was the bill based on actual(not estimated) meter readings at the beginning and end of the period?

    That said, for a period of 11 weeks for a 3 bed semi, over one of the coldest winters in recent times, a bill of only 230(20 a week) is quite frankly low. Many people are paying double that amount.
  • Leanne_5291
    Gas and Electric Rough Prices
    I am looking into buying a house with my partner and were not sure how much gas and electric were looking at paying out each month any ideas? 2 Adults in a 3 Bedroom house.
    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 17th Aug 10, 10:01 AM
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    Cardew
    I am looking into buying a house with my partner and were not sure how much gas and electric were looking at paying out each month any ideas? 2 Adults in a 3 Bedroom house.
    Originally posted by Leanne_5291
    That is a 'how long is a piece of string' question as there are so many factors unknown.

    Mainly:

    Insulation in house.

    Efficiency of boiler

    Lifestyle - out at work a lot - baths or showers - how warm you like house etc.

    I would budget for around 1000 a year.
    • dbmabz
    • By dbmabz 17th Aug 10, 1:24 PM
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    dbmabz
    41 on electric and 66 on gas per month for a 4 bed detached property.

    http://www.EnergyAverage.co.uk is a useful site if you want to compare your bills and consumption against the average figures
  • Johhny
    I just received my new combined gas and electricity monthly charge and its 189 a month!! this can't be right for a single person in a three bed mid terraced stone house who's out at work during the day, dishwasher is used most days and washing machine twice a week, windows are double glazed and roof insulated, heating in winter is on 6 -8am and 6 -10 pm.
    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 13th Sep 10, 5:58 PM
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    Cardew
    I just received my new combined gas and electricity monthly charge and its 189 a month!! this can't be right for a single person in a three bed mid terraced stone house who's out at work during the day, dishwasher is used most days and washing machine twice a week, windows are double glazed and roof insulated, heating in winter is on 6 -8am and 6 -10 pm.
    Originally posted by Johhny
    It might be correct if you have a 1000 debit balance.

    Is it/was it previously based on estimated meter readings?

    More details needed
    • hubb
    • By hubb 14th Sep 10, 4:56 PM
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    hubb
    Southern Electric: North west

    2 bed semi Victorian with no cavity wall. V old G C heating boiler used minimal (yes, even last winter) Coal fire. Work from home 3 days a week in office with PC on all day.

    Gas:45
    Electric:36

    This is our new DD statement after giving a reading. I feel this is far too much for 2 people and no kids.
  • HeadingtonShark
    We are all electric, with Southern Electricity and Economy 7, and my monthly payment is 50 a month for a three-bedroomed semi. This covers all heat, light, and cooking, and my husband and I are at home most of the day.

    I do find, however, that other people have their houses extremely hot, so maybe that explains the different amounts people pay.
  • milliebear00001
    Just had my first dual-fuel bill from EDF. It's for the last 7 months (don't ask!) and is for almost 800. I am thinking we will come out at about 1200 by next December given the lower usage over summer/autumn.
    • mashauk
    • By mashauk 31st Oct 11, 11:40 PM
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    mashauk
    NPower are trying to charge me 189 a month (just gone up from 128 a month) for gas and electricity, 2 bedroom Victorian terrace house, my partner is at home during the day sometimes but doesn't put the heating on if I'm not in (it goes on from 9-12 and then 9-12 at night only when it's really cold as I work evenings), normal usage I'd say, TV, PC etc but not heavy users. They reckon I have a debit amount, but I keep sending them readings so don't understand why! They're ringing me on Wednesday (the last reading they've billed for is wrong) to discuss changing tariffs but to be honest I'm thinking of changing suppliers but I can't work out who is cheaper as I'm useless with figures and it doesn't make sense to me as the bill is so complicated. They made a mistake a while ago by putting a decimal point in the wrong place, I nearly fainted when I saw what their estimate for the year was
  • mdmillar
    ??????
    I am new here as a member but have regularly come here to get some help I've been trying everywhere to see if what we pay is normal, we live in an old council house that has an extension on the extension on the extension lol it's got a fairly new boiler but old radiators in 90% of the rooms with no individual or general thermostats. We have 5 children ranging from 19 to 7 so we have a range of tv's, laptops and one games console we only use the tumble drier once a day but do several loads of washing, our youngest son is severely disabled so someone is up 24/7 as he is doesn't sleep very well and is epileptic. I've tried phoning our electricity supplier (swalec) to query weekly amount we put into a key prepayment meter we do have an old debt on the machine (we've been paying it off for 2 and a half years now!) and they say everything is normal. We did save money by swapping the gas meter over to Eon (both meters were in the property when we moved into it) as we were roughly putting in around 60 per week to keep the house warm now it's down to 40 per week. As for the electric we put it 60 per week and obviously if i've had to use the tumbler more than once or twice that shoots up to 70 is this normal?? I'm reading here everyones seems alot lower than ours but we've always put it down to the fact that someone is up 24hours a day?? These bills are slowly killing us so if I can save money I'd love to I have tried going round turning off appliances when not being used turning off lights etc we try to use the radiators to dry off small items of clothing but it doesn't seem to dent this 60 per week stinger!!! Looking forward to any advice xx
  • DoctorWhen
    Wow - some food for thought there...
    I am a single guy living in a 2 bed detached house with an Economy 7 tariff from npower. There is no gas supply to the property.

    I'm currently paying 190 per month on electricity, which seems pretty high to me seeing as there's nobody at home during the day and the only things active are fridge, broadband router and a low power CCTV install (~8W IP Camera).

    Most of my appliances (including TV, PC etc) are physically switched off at the wall when not in use and my white goods are all "A" rated. I run the dishwasher once a week or so (mostly I do small amounts by hand) during the night on a timer, the washing machine is used a couple of times a week on a low (30deg, maybe the odd 40) wash.

    The big problem, I suspect, is the storage heaters: I keep them pretty low during the winter as I am fairly warm, unless I have guests in which case the heaters get switched on a day before, but that probably only averages once a month. The heaters are generally all off during the summer.

    My bills leapt from about 60/month when I moved from a 2-bed flat (all electric again) to 190/month and it's becoming really difficult to keep up!

    I'm going to start keeping an accurate check on consumption to see why my bills are so high...
    • DragonQ
    • By DragonQ 17th Apr 12, 3:01 PM
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    DragonQ
    Two bedroom house (new build), two of us housesharing. Over the last 8 months our average electricity spend is ~33pm and average gas is ~21pm.

    However, obviously over summer our gas usage will drop and we've also moved to a cheaper gas supplier recently, so I expect that to drop to about ~16pm by the time we've been in the house for a year. In fact, if we had been with our current supplier since we moved in, our average for the year would be ~13pm by the time the year is up!

    I am a single guy living in a 2 bed detached house with an Economy 7 tariff from npower. There is no gas supply to the property.

    I'm currently paying 190 per month on electricity, which seems pretty high to me seeing as there's nobody at home during the day and the only things active are fridge, broadband router and a low power CCTV install (~8W IP Camera).
    Originally posted by DoctorWhen
    190pm is pretty crazy, although since you say there's no gas supply it kinda makes sense because electricity hobs and boilers are generally less efficient (and thus more costly) than gas ones. I don't know much about storage heaters but since you say your previous all-electric flat cost you 70% less, maybe they are the main culprits? From the brief amount that I've read, they can eat up a lot of elecitricty and the main way of reducing this is to turn down the "input" control.

    Have you tried looking at a comparison site, armed with how many kWh you're currently using per year? You might be able to trim a significant amount off that bill!
    Last edited by DragonQ; 17-04-2012 at 3:15 PM.
  • ttwlcd
    I'm British gas customer dual fuel since may 2009. I have been sending in my meter reading even their little man has read the meter and as far as I knew everything was fine. Just had a shocking letter of them saying they have made a mistake with my bills, the computer that accepts the meter reading was for some unknown not been accepting my reading so I owe them 900. Now I know I have to pay this amount but not in two months like they ask because my husband is disabled and I'm his carer so we don't work, but what I am questioning is they have worked out my bill to be nearly 3000 for electric for the three years we have Been with them. All electric switches are switched of at night only telly on during the day, we do live in a four bedroom house but everyone out during the day except me and husband. All bulbs are the new cost efficient ones and all electric goods, tumble dryer not used heating and hot water is on gas we pay 54 a month for this separately
  • Terrylw1
    I'm British gas customer dual fuel since may 2009. I have been sending in my meter reading even their little man has read the meter and as far as I knew everything was fine. Just had a shocking letter of them saying they have made a mistake with my bills, the computer that accepts the meter reading was for some unknown not been accepting my reading so I owe them 900. Now I know I have to pay this amount but not in two months like they ask because my husband is disabled and I'm his carer so we don't work, but what I am questioning is they have worked out my bill to be nearly 3000 for electric for the three years we have Been with them. All electric switches are switched of at night only telly on during the day, we do live in a four bedroom house but everyone out during the day except me and husband. All bulbs are the new cost efficient ones and all electric goods, tumble dryer not used heating and hot water is on gas we pay 54 a month for this separately
    Originally posted by ttwlcd
    Hi,

    It would best to create a new thread on this.

    Until then, they can easily agree to spread the debt over 12 months, which is the norm.

    It would be best to also post more about the meter readings and the kwh values as these utility suppliers often "try it on" and there are codes regarding back billing which you may be able to use.

    If you post more on a new thread, you will get advice from posters who look at billing problems more than average cost threads.
    It's better to live 1 year as a tiger than a lifetime as a worm...but then, whoever heard of a wormskin rug!!!
    • Candy53
    • By Candy53 9th May 12, 9:48 AM
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    Candy53
    Even though we are on standard electrity and gas, and pay the bills separately.

    Winter bills from Nov to Feb: Electricity - 186. Gas - 141.
    Added together the monthly sum was 109.
    That will always be our highest.

    This bill: Electricity - 152
    Gas- 114.
    Came out per month at 89.

    Then the next bills especially the gas will be lower still.
    We're in a 3 bed semi with 4 adults.

    Candy
    What goes around, comes around.
  • zippyj
    For a three bedroom 1930's semi, with a downstairs extension, I'm currently paying (Gas, with M&S Energy):

    Jan 194
    Feb 188
    Mar 99
    Apr 90
    May 40 (thus far, for just over two weeks)

    It's costing a fortune. Only have the thermostat set to 17 degrees maximum, and for the last three months it has been on for an hour in the morning and 1.5 hours in the evening. The hot water is on for 1hr 10mins each day.

    Electricity is about 45pm, which is about what we were spending before in a 2 up 2 down, but we're paying in a month what we were paying for a whole quarter in the previous house.

    The cost of heating is really affecting us. I've had the rads powerflushed and rebalanced by a GSR local trader, and two radiators changed to newer ones, and the system 'serviced' by British Gas under their Homeplan. Not sure what else to do.

    Even just heating the water uses 0.4 units (old units) each day for 1 hour and 10 minutes. That seems excessively high.
  • leanne31
    please help
    iv got a 4 bedroom house,,1 stay at home child and me rest at school.. with scottish hydro i pay 108 gas and 56 eleky im on benefits and cant aford to pay is these payments to high or is thas a usual price x
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