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    • peterc2609
    • By peterc2609 12th Jan 18, 2:01 PM
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    Work out annual usage?
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    • 12th Jan 18, 2:01 PM
    Work out annual usage? 12th Jan 18 at 2:01 PM
    Hi All,

    I've only been in my current property for 7 months, but my tariff is due to end in a few weeks.

    I know my usage for the past 7 months, but any way to work it out/estimate it for the whole year so I can do a comparison?
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    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 12th Jan 18, 2:05 PM
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    Your 7 months is a reasonable mix of summer and winter

    Just pro rata the units (not ) ie 7,000 kwh in 7 months is 12,000 in a year
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    • matelodave
    • By matelodave 12th Jan 18, 4:06 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 4:06 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 4:06 PM
    This is how my bill pans out over the year
    Jan 16%, Feb 14%, Mar 12%, Apr 7%, May, 4%, Jun 4%, Jul 4%, Aug 4%, Sept 4%, Oct 6%, Nov 11%, Dec 14%

    So you can see that 65- 70% of my energy is used in the five months Nov - March and only 30-35% in seven months April to October.

    You need to skew your estimates to use twice as much energy in the winter than in the summer rather than just doing a simple pro-rata based on a high proportion of summer consumption..

    If you are dual fuel (gas & leccy) then leccy is just a bit more in the winter but gas consumption usually increases dramatically
    Last edited by matelodave; 12-01-2018 at 5:27 PM.
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    • Anthorn
    • By Anthorn 13th Jan 18, 8:57 AM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 8:57 AM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 8:57 AM
    Scottish Power does it for me on my bill in the "About Your tariff" section.

    "Gas - Your actual usage in the last 12 months
    5,466 kWh
    Electricity - Your actual usage in the last 12 months
    1,822 kWh"

    My electricity usage is actual over the last year but my gas usage is on the strength of one bill because I recently moved and I didn't have gas at my previous address.

    So have a look at your bill.
    • Tom99
    • By Tom99 13th Jan 18, 11:08 AM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 11:08 AM
    If you have monthly figures then take July-Dec and double it.
    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 14th Jan 18, 1:45 PM
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    • 14th Jan 18, 1:45 PM
    If you have monthly figures then take July-Dec and double it.
    Originally posted by Tom99
    Maybe add 10 -15% on after you have done the above as Jan/Feb tend to be colder than December. If you overestimate by a little, you will have some leeway and may be pleasantly surprised if your usage turns out to be lower than you thought.
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    • Tom99
    • By Tom99 14th Jan 18, 1:51 PM
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    • 14th Jan 18, 1:51 PM
    You can also try more than one quote with slightly higher/lower usage. You will probably find that the same energy co/tariff comes out on top.
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