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Hero_2007 Avatar
8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
Just received my latest electricity bill from SouthernElectric and it's a real shocker! £318!!??
I have a one bedroom all electric flat and at work from 9-6 Mon-Thurs, there is just no way it could be this much! there must be something wong?

What's everyone else's bill from Feb - May, also any recommendation on saving money on electricity? Many thanks!
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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#1
Check the meter reading on the bill and your actual reading are not too way out, to begin with.
#2
ouch!
I have a 3 storey 4 bedroom house,someone is home all the time,pcs running constantly,in fact its always lit up like a lighthouse,darn kids and I pay £10 a week via key meter,washing machine always on,tumble dryer always on etc

your bill needs checking out!
#3
Mardyass
ouch!
I have a 3 storey 4 bedroom house,someone is home all the time,pcs running constantly,in fact its always lit up like a lighthouse,darn kids and I pay £10 a week via key meter,washing machine always on,tumble dryer always on etc

your bill needs checking out!



That's it! Time to switch supplier!!
#4
Mardyass
ouch!
I have a 3 storey 4 bedroom house,someone is home all the time,pcs running constantly,in fact its always lit up like a lighthouse,darn kids and I pay £10 a week via key meter,washing machine always on,tumble dryer always on etc

your bill needs checking out!


i have a 3 bedroomed bungalow and my latest bill was £800!:x
#5
Hero_2007
That's it! Time to switch supplier!!


if you can try asking for a key meter that way you can monitor your usage and have no nasty suprise bills,pay as you go electric,they say is a lil more expensive as you pay for the key meter but it helps me:thumbsup:
#6
OMG - get it checked and you pinkkitty!!
#7
pinkkitty2007
i have a 3 bedroomed bungalow and my latest bill was £800!:x


lol That made me feel a bit better :p

But seriously though, there must be a way to reduce those bills. Didn't someone post a fix price payment deal on here awhile ago?
banned#8
Hero_2007
That's it! Time to switch supplier!!


Go to [url]www.moneysavingexpert.com[/url] for some great deals.

I'm with powergen to get club card points and pay £41.75 for me and my partner for both gas and electric.

I'm on the computer all the time, good luck and let us know how you get on.
banned#9
pinkkitty2007
i have a 3 bedroomed bungalow and my latest bill was £800!:x


I couldn't afford that, I would have to sell my body on tib street.
#10
I live in a 3 bedroomed house and there are 3 adults and we have key meter using about £20 a week.

The best advice so far is read your meter yourself.

That bloke in Austria a couple weeks ago tapped into the next doors electric supply, well you never know!
#11
I have a 2 bedroom house & I pay £12 electric & £8 gas on a weekly payment plan.

I thought that this was expensive!
banned#12
Zoe_B
I have a 2 bedroom house & I pay £12 electric & £8 gas on a weekly payment plan.

I thought that this was expensive!


It is compared to mine.
#13
DLM
It is compared to mine.


Is that £41.75 a quarter?!
#14
Have you checked it is not an estimated bill?

If they cannot read your meter for some reason then they send you an estimated bill. They always estimate too much.

Check the readings on your bill (and see if their estimated) compared with the reading on your meter.

If the reading on your meter is lower than the estimate reading then ring them and they will adjust the bill and send you a new one.
banned#15
Zoe_B
Is that £41.75 a quarter?!


A month for gas and electric.
#16
guilbert53
Have you checked it is not an estimated bill?

If they cannot read your meter for some reason then they send you an estimated bill. They always estimate too much.

Check the readings on your bill (and see if their estimated) compared with the reading on your meter.

If the reading on your meter is lower than the estimate reading then ring them and they will adjust the bill and send you a new one.



Just checked, it says the units are 'Actual' reading! this just cant be true!!??
banned#17
What was your last and current meter reading and do the figures have an 'E' after them (estimated reading)?

What is your supplier and actual current reading. We can then work out your true bill.

What is your monthly direct debit?

It does surprise me in this day and age that few people actually monitor
their usage!
#18
DLM
A month for gas and electric.


Yeah, of course it is lol. Sorry, I'm still half asleep :oops:

That's really cheap. I think I need to get on to one of them comaparison thingys!
banned#19
zezlez;2183960
I live in a 3 bedroomed house and there are 3 adults and we have key meter using about £20 a week.

The best advice so far is read your meter yourself.

That bloke in Austria a couple weeks ago tapped into the next doors electric supply, well you never know!

My mate turned off his meter about fifteen years ago and it was still off when he sold the house ten years ago. he never once got a bill and now lives in thailand :w00t:
#20
I live in a 2bedroom flat 2 adults 1 baby 1 toddler, both heating and cooking is electricity (economy 7 prepayment ), cost me £60-65 per month in summer average of £2/day, cost me bout 90-100 (with monitoring heating) in winter. I have believed its high and I still beleive so. any other stories
banned#21
Zoe_B
Yeah, of course it is lol. Sorry, I'm still half asleep :oops:

That's really cheap. I think I need to get on to one of them comaparison thingys!


Go to [url]www.moneysavingexpert.com[/url]

I think they also do cash back for switching, Good Luck.
#22
DLM
Go to [url]www.moneysavingexpert.com[/url]

I think they also do cash back for switching, Good Luck.


I'll take a look, thanks :thumbsup:
#23
csiman
What was your last and current meter reading and do the figures have an 'E' after them (estimated reading)?

What is your supplier and actual current reading. We can then work out your true bill.

What is your monthly direct debit?

It does surprise me in this day and age that few people actually monitor
their usage!




Last reading was 7904 day time & 2144 night time these are estimated cause I've just moved in then.

Reading this time is 10390 day time & 2511 night time, these are actual readings according to the bill.
#24
I had my bill in other wk,I get billed quartely,am with EDF and it was £111.
banned#25
Hero_2007;2184045
Last reading was 7904 day time & 2144 night time these are estimated cause I've just moved in then.

Reading this time is 10390 day time & 2511 night time, these are actual readings according to the bill.

Looks like your landlord or you did not supply accurate readings to the supplier when you moved in then. This is a must do thing so I guess you are paying for previous occupants bill :w00t:

Bill is accurate based on figures supplied.

A lesson to be learnt there then.
#26
csiman
Looks like your landlord or you did not supply accurate readings to the supplier when you moved in then. This is a must do thing so I guess you are paying for previous occupants bill :w00t:

Bill is accurate based on figures supplied.

A lesson to be learnt there then.



But this is the second bill I've received since moved into this property, the last (estimated) bill for Nov-Jan was £104!
banned#27
Hero_2007;2184112
But this is the second bill I've received since moved into this property, the last (estimated) bill for Nov-Jan was £104!

So did you supply the electric company with a moving in reading? If so, what did you provide?

Did your first bill match the reading you supplied?
#28
guilbert53
Have you checked it is not an estimated bill?

If they cannot read your meter for some reason then they send you an estimated bill. They always estimate too much.

Check the readings on your bill (and see if their estimated) compared with the reading on your meter.

If the reading on your meter is lower than the estimate reading then ring them and they will adjust the bill and send you a new one.


Yeah mine was estimated, but it was UNDER estimated not over. We have under floor heating that costs the earth to run. My last billl before this one was over £1000:x
#29
I'm also on a key meter, in a 3 bedroomed house I am paying on average £3.00 a day .......... so that would be about £270.00 a quarter :w00t: !
it has gone up so much over the last 6 months .. I have queeried this amount & have been told it is right ?
I am with E.ON (this was Powergen)
#30
csiman
So did you supply the electric company with a moving in reading? If so, what did you provide?

Did your first bill match the reading you supplied?



The moving in reading was 7441 day and 2049 night, the figures on the previous bill seems to be correct.
banned#31
Hero_2007;2184147
The moving in reading was 7441 day and 2049 night, the figures on the previous bill seems to be correct.

10390 - 7441 = 2949 units at approx 13 per unit £383

2511 - 2049 = 462 units at approx 5 per unit = £23

approx total = £406 and you have paid £422 so bill looks to be accurate

Your day units is excessive considering you have economy 7. You should be trying to use your electric in the night more and less during the day.

get some timers to switch on washing machines etc during off peak times.

I guess you are heating your home with electric. these heaters should only be on during off peak times.

I'm guessing you have heating etc on during the day. if so, take my measures and that will halve your bill.

And check your suppliers prices here for possible better rates [url]www.uswitch.com[/url]
banned#32
pinkkitty2007
Yeah mine was estimated, but it was UNDER estimated not over. We have under floor heating that costs the earth to run. My last billl before this one was over £1000:x


Can you not get rid of the under floor heating?
#33
guilbert53
Have you checked it is not an estimated bill?

If they cannot read your meter for some reason then they send you an estimated bill. They always estimate too much.

Check the readings on your bill (and see if their estimated) compared with the reading on your meter.

If the reading on your meter is lower than the estimate reading then ring them and they will adjust the bill and send you a new one.


DLM
Can you not get rid of the under floor heating?



Its a council house so cant actually get rid of it but we have had to switch it off now as i cant afford the bills
#34
DLM
Go to [url]www.moneysavingexpert.com[/url]

I think they also do cash back for switching, Good Luck.


Quidco pay quite well for switching too...
banned#35
pinkkitty2007;2184126
Yeah mine was estimated, but it was UNDER estimated not over. We have under floor heating that costs the earth to run. My last billl before this one was over £1000:x

Blimey! so you have paid approx £3000 in the last year JUST on electric in a 3 bed bungalow? I thought under floor heating was efficient!
#36
Hero_2007
But this is the second bill I've received since moved into this property, the last (estimated) bill for Nov-Jan was £104!


Ask them to check the opening reading, I work for Npower and quite often the opening reads on accounts are incorrect
#37
csiman
10390 - 7441 = 2949 units at approx 13 per unit £383

2511 - 2049 = 462 units at approx 5 per unit = £23

approx total = £406 and you have paid £422 so bill looks to be accurate

Your day units is excessive considering you have economy 7. You should be trying to use your electric in the night more and less during the day.

get some timers to switch on washing machines etc during off peak times.

I guess you are heating your home with electric. these heaters should only be on during off peak times.

I'm guessing you have heating etc on during the day. if so, take my measures and that will halve your bill.

And check your suppliers prices here for possible better rates [url]www.uswitch.com[/url]



Thanks for the calculations :thumbsup:

However I am at work 9-6, Mon - Thurs, so I am out of the house most of the time. There just no way I could have used this much units during the day.

The only thing I can think of is the one week I had off in march, where I did use heating + TV + DVD + PC during the day. Or the electricty price changes depend on seasons.
banned#38
Hero_2007;2184256
Thanks for the calculations :thumbsup:

However I am at work 9-6, Mon - Thurs, so I am out of the house most of the time. There just no way I could have used this much units during the day.

The only thing I can think of is the one week I had off in march, where I did use heating + TV + DVD + PC during the day. Or the electricty price changes depend on seasons.

Are you sure your heating is only on at off peak hours (midnight to 6am I think). Night time does not mean the evening.Some people make that mistake.

Try turning every electrical item off and check the meter to see if the usage dial is still whirring around. Maybe a neighbour has tapped into your supply :w00t:
#39
csiman
Are you sure your heating is only on at off peak hours (midnight to 6am I think). Night time does not mean the evening.Some people make that mistake.

Try turning every electrical item off and check the meter to see if the usage dial is still whirring around. Maybe a neighbour has tapped into your supply :w00t:




I never knew what they meant by night time, is it really midnight - 6am?

sensation - Would you please confirm this, if so that would have explained it.

thanks for the suggestion, I will check out the meter. With the bill this high I might just try to tap into my neighbours' as well :p --- googling 'tap into next door neighbour's electricty supply and save money for dummies'
#40
You might have covered this in your previous posts so apologies if you have... I work for a power company and this type of complaint is fairly regular, there are a number of reasons why it happens though.

Have your previous bills been based on estimated or actual consumption?
Does the read match the meter? I.E Two reads = Two dials
Are all your appliances switched off during the day (a tv on standby will still consume energy, a mobile phone charger plugged into the wall without a phone on the end will still consume energy at the same rate as one charging a phone)
It goes without saying but make sureyour timeswitches are set to the correct times (not forgetting daylight saving time) - you'll be suprised how many people heat an empty home during the day...

Best advice I can give for you starters is to take reads for the next two weeks at the same time every day 7:00am or 7:00 pm and see if that matches your previous consumption, if there's a massive discrepancy you'll be better place with getting an engineer to come and test the meter...

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