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    • nvas7407
    • By nvas7407 7th Aug 18, 6:28 PM
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    Faulty appliance causing huge electric bills?
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    • 7th Aug 18, 6:28 PM
    Faulty appliance causing huge electric bills? 7th Aug 18 at 6:28 PM
    Hi

    I moved into my first home a couple of months ago. Our energy provider is bulb. The previous owners used the same and they had a gas and electric bill of around 90 per month. They were 4 people. We are 2 and this month i have an electric bill of 142 quid. I asked bulb why that was and they seem to say it could be because of some faulty appliance. How do i figure out what is causing my electric bill to rise so much please? Also, is there a way to check individual appliance/gadget's energy efficiency?

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    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 7th Aug 18, 6:38 PM
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    Is the 142 based onACTUAL or ESTIMATED readings?

    Lets go back a bit.

    When you moved in did you ring the existng suppliers (Bulb), give them your details and the meter readings. Does your bill have the same readings.

    Take care when reading your meter it is easy to get the reading wrong.- there is a decimal point and you both need to ignore any numbers after the decimal and also to put a leading zero.

    Forget fault appliances - this will prove to be a meter reading error.
    Never pay on an estimated bill
    • dogshome
    • By dogshome 7th Aug 18, 6:40 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 6:40 PM
    When a new occupier moves into a dwelling they must sign up with the existing supplier,which in your case was Bulb
    However it is an industry standard that this new customer is put onto the suppliers 'Standard variable Tariff', which is the most expensive


    Contact Bulb to see what tariff you are on, and what other they have to offer - Then use comparision sites to see what else is out there
    • nvas7407
    • By nvas7407 7th Aug 18, 6:47 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 6:47 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 6:47 PM
    Is the 142 based onACTUAL or ESTIMATED readings?

    Lets go back a bit.

    When you moved in did you ring the existng suppliers (Bulb), give them your details and the meter readings. Does your bill have the same readings.

    Take care when reading your meter it is easy to get the reading wrong.- there is a decimal point and you both need to ignore any numbers after the decimal and also to put a leading zero.

    Forget fault appliances - this will prove to be a meter reading error.
    Originally posted by Robin9
    I have looked at the bill now. It seems to be against the actual and not the estimated. The reading seems to be correct too. 142 just for electric seems too high?
    • nvas7407
    • By nvas7407 7th Aug 18, 6:48 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 6:48 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 6:48 PM
    When a new occupier moves into a dwelling they must sign up with the existing supplier,which in your case was Bulb
    However it is an industry standard that this new customer is put onto the suppliers 'Standard variable Tariff', which is the most expensive


    Contact Bulb to see what tariff you are on, and what other they have to offer - Then use comparision sites to see what else is out there
    Originally posted by dogshome
    When we moved in, we weren't obliged to use bulb. We compared a few and bulb seemed to be the best. So I am at a loss as to what is causing this massive bill..
    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 7th Aug 18, 6:55 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 6:55 PM
    Give us the readings as on your bill please.
    Never pay on an estimated bill
    • nvas7407
    • By nvas7407 7th Aug 18, 6:56 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 6:56 PM
    Give us the readings as on your bill please.
    Originally posted by Robin9
    5 July 2018 41116 Estimate
    31 July 2018 41990 Read
    5 August 2018 42032 Estimate
    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 7th Aug 18, 7:13 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 7:13 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 7:13 PM
    Have you the ACTUAL moving in please? One ACTAUL reading between 2 Estimates doesn't really help.

    Can you read your meter now .
    Never pay on an estimated bill
    • nvas7407
    • By nvas7407 7th Aug 18, 7:18 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 7:18 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 7:18 PM
    Have you the ACTUAL moving in please? One ACTAUL reading between 2 Estimates doesn't really help.

    Can you read your meter now .
    Originally posted by Robin9
    When we moved in, this was the starting reading

    19 April 2018 40434 Customer Read

    Then after that the estimates were

    5 May 2018 40588 Estimate
    5 June 2018 40861 Estimate
    5 July 2018 41116 Estimate

    They took actuals only a last week which was 41990. The meter currently reads 42109.

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    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 7th Aug 18, 7:33 PM
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    So 19 April to 7 Aug is 1675 units - about 14 weeks - 6200 units a year.

    At about 12p (Bulb users could you provide an actual please) is 750 a year plus standing charge plus VAT is about 900 a year. Not extortionate fo all electric.

    With so many estimates why are you not reading your meter ? (at least every month)
    Never pay on an estimated bill
    • nvas7407
    • By nvas7407 7th Aug 18, 7:35 PM
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    So 19 April to 7 Aug is 1675 units - about 14 weeks - 6200 units a year.

    At about 12p (Bulb users could you provide an actual please) is 750 a year plus standing charge plus VAT is about 900 a year. Not extortionate fo all electric.

    With so many estimates why are you not reading your meter ? (at least every month)
    Originally posted by Robin9
    My mistake. i will need to call bulb and arrange with them on dates when i will give actuals so they can generate and accurate bill. For 2 people, do you think this electric bill is ok? I don't think it was this much in my previous house..
    • Houbara
    • By Houbara 7th Aug 18, 7:35 PM
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    Back of a fag packet calculation is you have used approx 240 worth in 110 days,which is over 3 and a half months.I m using 13.5 p kwh as a guess for the tariff and 20 p a day standing charge plus 5% vat.
    works out something like 70 a month. That seems OK to me
    • nvas7407
    • By nvas7407 7th Aug 18, 7:37 PM
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    So 19 April to 7 Aug is 1675 units - about 14 weeks - 6200 units a year.

    At about 12p (Bulb users could you provide an actual please) is 750 a year plus standing charge plus VAT is about 900 a year. Not extortionate fo all electric.

    With so many estimates why are you not reading your meter ? (at least every month)
    Originally posted by Robin9
    I just noticed you said all electric.. we have gas as well.. and gas bill was around 20 quid..
    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 7th Aug 18, 7:52 PM
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    Missed the gas bit.

    Halogen lights, electric shower
    Never pay on an estimated bill
    • CakeCrusader
    • By CakeCrusader 7th Aug 18, 8:00 PM
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    Are your lights on all the time, is your microwave plugged in all the time (they eat electricity, try unplugging it and see if that helps). Do you have storage heaters?
    • molerat
    • By molerat 7th Aug 18, 8:15 PM
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    You are averaging 15 units a day, around twice the average for a gas heated property. How are you heating the water over summer ? Electric shower ?
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    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 7th Aug 18, 8:28 PM
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    Are you using an immersion heater rather than your gas boiler?
    Never pay on an estimated bill
    • nvas7407
    • By nvas7407 7th Aug 18, 8:32 PM
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    Missed the gas bit.

    Halogen lights, electric shower
    Originally posted by Robin9
    oh we have electric shower. no halogen lights..
    • nvas7407
    • By nvas7407 7th Aug 18, 8:33 PM
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    Are you using an immersion heater rather than your gas boiler?
    Originally posted by Robin9
    we don't have an immersion heater.. we have a gas boiler..
    • nvas7407
    • By nvas7407 7th Aug 18, 8:35 PM
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    You are averaging 15 units a day, around twice the average for a gas heated property. How are you heating the water over summer ? Electric shower ?
    Originally posted by molerat
    Water heating uses a gas boiler.. It's apparently a new one still under warranty..
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