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Gas Usage Advice... Just had Bill :(

07sanchez Avatar
9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
Hi all,

Was just after some advice around Gas.

I got my bill from EDF and in 6 months we have used £380 worth of gas (Jan-Jun)

Apparantly we are using 6 units per day average and people have told me that quite a lot. EDF however say this is actually less than usual.

House is a 4 bedroomed, three story. Gas used for heating, water heating and gas hob.

The house was a brand new build and it took a few months for it to dry out, therefore we had the heating on more during this process.

Is this right, or are we being inefficient.

Thanks in advance for advice
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9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
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[mod]#1
I'd say it's a bit more than avarage but as you say the heating was on quite a lot so your next bill should be quite a bit less.
#2
Thanks for the advice Syzable

I'd appreciate other ppls comments too, see how bills compare etc
#3
Does seem on the high side, but you have a lot of gas guzzling appliances there and you are not buying from a gas supplier, ask BG for a similar quote and see if they can better it, if you are using that much gas I would look around for long term pricing, not short term gains....:whistling:
#4
I presume the house has cavity walls and insulated roof etc?
#5
Iom-RF
I presume the house has cavity walls and insulated roof etc?



It's a new house so it would have to have them.;-)
#6
Iom-RF
I presume the house has cavity walls and insulated roof etc?


If it is a new build I would expect it meets at least a "B" rating :thumbsup: otherwise the builder has conned them :whistling:
#7
Iom-RF
I presume the house has walls and roof etc?


It's an Iom classic - sometimes he just has to expand the sentences a bit to make the system post :giggle: His counting is as bad :w00t:
#8
Crazy1
It's an Iom classic - sometimes he just has to expand the sentences a bit to make the system post :giggle: His counting is as bad :w00t:


I was asking because some builders are notorious for skipping stuff while doing a new build.

If there isn't any insulation then your just heating the atmosphere, Not drying/warming the house up = expensive bills.

As you said :
I would expect it meets at least a "B" rating


I also expect it has, Thats why my question was short, I'd expect it to be a quick "yes", But its worth checking. :)
#9
Yeah the house has all the insulation etc.

Like stated it has to meet NHBC building and efficiency standards

Here is some more info

House: 4 Bedroomed Detached, 3 Storey
Occupants: 2 Adults

It was a brand new build with a brand new boiler. WE moved in End of Dec '07

We were advised to keep the hot water contstantly on, rather than heating in morning then in evening on a timer. Apparantly it's less energy to keep hot, than heat up twice a day.

The heating has been off for about a month or so for the summer

Again similar to the water, in the winter the heating is on 20 through day and night then upto 24 for evenings (5-11pm) as we were advised it is more efficient to keep the house 'warm' (20 degs) rather than heat from cold twice a day.

Have I been misadvised?
#10
Has anyone recently changed supplier?

How easy a job is it?

I have heard you can get £30 cashback from some comparision sites, but can see it not being as easy as stated.

I know EDF are robbers.
#11
Aside from trying uswitch which might be of help, the only other advice i'd suggest is try the tariff i am with for gas and electrity.

It is run by Scottish Power called equipower and they are cheap, around 2.55p per unit of gas, with no standing charge.

Re-reading your comments, i am not sure if you have been mis-advised or not, you'd need someone with experience of a gas/heating engineer, but what i would suggest is try it.

Check your boiler, assuming it is a combi one. The settings on mine are at mid-levels, the radiators that i use are all set to 3 (out of 6) and where not used, off completely.

I am not convinced you need the water on all the time, imagine the kettle analogy, would you have a pan always boiling or an instant hit? Without doing the math and science i'd go for kettle as do most of the world.

As for the heating being on. Am i right in thinking you're not home all day, therefore why heat an empty house? Again, i'd have it coming home just before you get home so it's nice and cozy :)
#12
I`ve just changed from Scottish Shower, sorry I meant Power.
They were the most incompitant company I have ever been with.
swapped to Atlanticeg.
Very easy to do. Just ring up the company you want to go with and they will do all the work for you.
With Atlanticeg, when you have been with them 12 months, you get 2 months payments back.:thumbsup:
[mod]#13
07sanchez


The heating has been off for about a month or so for the summer

Again similar to the water, in the winter the heating is on 20 through day and night then upto 24 for evenings (5-11pm) as we were advised it is more efficient to keep the house 'warm' (20 degs) rather than heat from cold twice a day.

Have I been misadvised?


The water i wouldn't know as i have a combi boiler but the heating will certainly use more being on a constant all day rather than just when you need it. Even in the winter i find a few hours first thing in the morning and a few hours at night is plenty to keep the house warm. :thumbsup:
#14
Thats a good price for gas !!

I was paying £75 electricity & £50 gas per MONTH with BG - thats only a 3 bed semi.

Moved over to Powergen now, see what they are like....
#15
Bargain - mine was £240 for the first Q of the year, and tha'ts for a two bedroom flat.

My flatmate has an unfortunate fixation on being as hot as possible, you see. It was not uncommon for the flat to touch 28c during the peak of the Glasgow winter, or to return home after work to find him sat on the sofa in just his boxers, agreeing, "Yes, it is a bit warm I suppose".
#16
07sanchez


. WE moved in End of Dec '07



Seems a lot then, 5 months to go before moving in.. :giggle: :giggle: ;-)

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