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spritey Avatar
6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
Righty!

My high electricity consumption saga continues, so i need your help!.

We left the house for the weekend, around 2/3pm on Friday and got back 3pm today..

Everything in the house was unplugged with the exception of the fridge and the freezer..

I've consumed in the 48hr timeframe - 7-8kWh..

I need to know how much a fridge and freezer consumes per day, average sized (not the extended tall ones). I can't see on ours, as they're fitted into the kitchen...

I've looked on google.. Some say below 1kWh per day.. Some say slightly above.. Both are modern fridge and freezer..

Because essentially if it is 1kWh each per day.. Then our metre may be over charging us by double (Which is what we suspect.)

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, you may even earn yourself a cookie.
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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Why not unplug your freezer for 30 mins and see if your metre moves with everything off?
perhaps your next-door neighbour is on your ringmain?

or perhaps your fridge freezer is like my old one and running non-stop.
I only found out after buying an energy thing that goes on the metre showing how much electric you use.

My bills halved after buying a new fridge freezer and it will pay for itself in about 12 months with the electric I'm saving
#2
yes I agree with Damnome, once we got a new fridge freezer and got rid of our 12 year old thing, the difference in our electricity bill was really obvious

how old is those appliances btw
#3
i know some libaries loan out energy meters, might be worth trying to borrow one and see what is consuming what, you havn't got neighbours that are hooking up to yours ?
#5
DAMNOME
Why not unplug your freezer for 30 mins and see if your metre moves with everything off?
perhaps your next-door neighbour is on your ringmain?

or perhaps your fridge freezer is like my old one and running non-stop.
I only found out after buying an energy thing that goes on the metre showing how much electric you use.

My bills halved after buying a new fridge freezer and it will pay for itself in about 12 months with the electric I'm saving


Rented house... Both fridge and freezer and modern (2 years old) and fitted into the kitchen...

Na all electrics have been checked, no one hooked up..

Problem is.. Is if a fridge and a freezer is 1kWh per each (which most sites say)... Then i would of used 4kWh in a 48 hour period, not 7-8.. Which would suggest the electric metre is not calibrated correctly (which does happen). Which would explain why our electricity usage has doubled by moving from one house to another..

I was wondered if someone on here, perhaps an electrian would know more accurately the kWh per day usage of your average modern fridge / freezer.
#6
this is the one I'm looking at Owl
#7
Do you have a combi boiler - was that switched on?

Sometimes they have a water pre-heat function that switches on from time to time and it will use some energy.
#8
#9
moob
Do you have a combi boiler - was that switched on?

Sometimes they have a water pre-heat function that switches on from time to time and it will use some energy.


Was switched off mate.. Everything was off and plugged with exception of fridge and freezer..
#10
bossyboots


» 24hrs Fridge - 0.34kWh = 3.6p per day = £13 per year
» 24hrs Freezer - 0.46kWh = 4.9p per day = £18 per year

From that site...

Interesting that, seems his fridge and freezer come under 1kWh per day...
#11
spritey
» 24hrs Fridge - 0.34kWh = 3.6p per day = £13 per year
» 24hrs Freezer - 0.46kWh = 4.9p per day = £18 per year

From that site...

Interesting that, seems his fridge and freezer come under 1kWh per day...


is it a prepay meter? those normally charge way ott for electricity
#12
spritey
» 24hrs Fridge - 0.34kWh = 3.6p per day = £13 per year
» 24hrs Freezer - 0.46kWh = 4.9p per day = £18 per year

From that site...

Interesting that, seems his fridge and freezer come under 1kWh per day...


The problam I had was my freezer had leaked gas so it was constantly running.
My new on only kicks in now and then so it was obvious why I was using so much electric.

Do you hear the motor running all the time on yours?
#13
bossyboots
is it a prepay meter? those normally charge way ott for electricity


Nope, afraid not.. We know a normal electrical meter (the digital one, not mechanical.)

They can be miss calibrated, if that site listed is correct.. And say a modern fridge and freezer should use 1kWh per day combined.. It is defo clocking up way more than it should.. Even at 2kWh per day combined it is over reading by almost double.
#14
DAMNOME
The problam I had was my freezer had leaked gas so it was constantly running.
My new on only kicks in now and then so it was obvious why I was using so much electric.

Do you hear the motor running all the time on yours?


Na can't hear a motor..

Plus it was checked before we moved in a year ago, any landlord has to get them checked before u move in.. Everything was fine.
#15
You need to try two further tests:

1) run a second "known" drain for a fixed period of time with everything else off; and
2) have everything turned off within your property and check whether the meter still turns.

Then you will be able to at least blame either the meter or an unknown drain.
banned#16
just look in the manuals for consumption stats. White goods can vary massively on consumption hence energy ratings from A to F
#17
If you are concerned switch everything of at the main distribution board and then check the meter has stopped. Next switch circuits on one at a time with everything on them disconnected and see if any of them start the meter moving. If none of this raise any issues, return your electric to normal and contact your electric company and tell them your concerns and aske them to arrange a meter accuracy test.

A meter accuracy test normally involves a seconf "check" meter being installed alongside the current one. Both start readings are recorded and then allowed to run as normal for a period of time - usually 7 to 14 days. At the end of this period the end readings should have advanced the same number of units. If there is a discrepency this will indocate a meter fault and you can then dispute the billing with your supplier.

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