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how much are you paying for gas and electric??

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Found 6th Jan 2010
just wanted 2 find out what others are paying cost ours seems steep, i have never bothered with it as missus just takes the money and pays for it but been looking into it and it does seem the money is going on gas and electric and she is not just ripping me off

anyway

2 bed house

gas £35 per week (the minute heating goes off it gets cold real quick)

electric £15 a week

i know it is expensive nowadays but i think its to dear and its prepayment meters

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lucky begger mines 45 a week prepayment though

omg £35 a week in gas is way OTT especially for a two bed house. I live in a 2 bed house and only last week my direct debit payments were changed after a meter reading..................I pay direct debit £50 for gas and £40 for electricity monthly

5 bed house
gas £13.00 per month have a multi fuel firenand it does my heatin
ele £15.00 per wk
i have gas heating and gas cooker

15 quid a week on electric seems cheap to me-is the heating and cooking on the gas then? we are entirely electric and we are about 40 quid a week(not on prepayment meters tho-dont they charge a higher rate?)

i pay mine every 12 weeks 3 bed house my next bill is going to be in feb i reckon it will be about 380 for the electric and around the same for the gas. but in summer the electric is between 180 and 220 and gas between 150 and 200.

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Gas £38
Elec £32

Monthly.

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barky;7450484

15 quid a week on electric seems cheap to me-is the heating and cooking … 15 quid a week on electric seems cheap to me-is the heating and cooking on the gas then? we are entirely electric and we are about 40 quid a week(not on prepayment meters tho-dont they charge a higher rate?)



just heating on gas

£100 per month for gas and electric in 3 bed house...

Pay £55 a month for both.

gas £19 a month and elec £48 a month 2 bedroom house, if your with british gas check on your bill as i was in credit with mine and ended up getting nearly £300 back and they lowered my payments as i was paying to much. by next summer my payments will prob go up again to pay for all the gas ive used while its been so cold then back down again, also register to check your accounts online and you can keep an eye on what you use, it shows you last years consumption compared to this years and ive used a hell of a lot more electric this year as ive been on maternity leave lol

I pay a £10/£15 a week on gas and mayb £15 a week on electric... 2bedroom too, seems far too much that you're paying!

3 bedroom house with lots of gadgets and gismos - fish tank with 3 terrapins in so heating and light on all the time, 2 fridges, 2 freezers, extra large tv, kids have ps3 each and tv's in their rooms then there is the heating, lighting and cooking as well as water heating and the power shower- its not so much how big your property is (3 bedroom with conservatory) but what you have running in it and for how long it is on - i have 1 child in all day and husband half a day so they leave lights tv's radio etc on as well as playing on the ps3 and for all of that i pay £ 205 per month on them both

It's a hard call because everyone uses their gas differently. £35 is a lot but is anyone in the house all day ? Do you keep the heating on overnight ? Central thermostat ? Tropical temperatures (over 22 degrees ?) Generally, when you've got high gas costs its just a case of finding out the economical ways of heating your house which your supplier will be able to provide you with. Also, do you have a standing charge on the prepayment meter ? It may be a good idea to change provider to one that doesn't charge this. If you're clearing an old debt along with ongoing usage could explain the £35per week as well.

Electric at £15 per week is within average use levels.

£85 a month with eon 3 bed semi and we are in credit think its time to change :thumbsup:

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there seems to be lots of very different amounts here i know it all depends on how much you use but really not everyones should be different

i thought with all the snow here we would use less gas as its now formed an igloo around the house and they are ment to be quite warm,lol

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At the moment for a 2 bed house:-

£37 for electricity

£24 Gas

per month

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2 bed house, and i work so not home all day, but i spend £15 per month gas and £15 per month elec, but i make sure everything is unpugged when not i use x

3 bed semi £90 pm gas and electric.

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shalzak;7450649

It's a hard call because everyone uses their gas differently. £35 is a … It's a hard call because everyone uses their gas differently. £35 is a lot but is anyone in the house all day ? Do you keep the heating on overnight ? Central thermostat ? Tropical temperatures (over 22 degrees ?) Generally, when you've got high gas costs its just a case of finding out the economical ways of heating your house which your supplier will be able to provide you with. Also, do you have a standing charge on the prepayment meter ? It may be a good idea to change provider to one that doesn't charge this. If you're clearing an old debt along with ongoing usage could explain the £35per week as well.Electric at £15 per week is within average use levels.



well yeah we are all in all day as i work from home and missus well she does nothing,lol. but i hate heat so dont reallyhave it on loads and loads and dont have it on overnight either. dont know weather its just a really cold house and carp boiler as its a back boiler so not as good as todays standards, im gonna rip it out and put new one in when i get time but its finding the time

was speaking to someone that said they are just going on a british gas plan where you pay £15 a week but thats it and you can use any amount but i cant find anything like that

3 Bed house

About £25 Gas a week

£16 Electric a week

In summer only about £5 a week for Gas as only use for hot water.

Would use a bit more gas every week but prefer to put on an extra jumper.

It's a council house and the boilers not very efficient, Their replacing them soon so hopefully be able to cut our gas usage to less than £20 a week.

:thumbsup:As every one says it depends on if you heat 24 hours a day and at what temperature you run at. I have a 4 bed house kept at about 21c with cavity wall insulation installed double glazing etc and hence turn heating off even now between 10pm to 7am and temperature drops to about 16-17C overnight. I use less gas than this.
A point to check on your account. There have been reports of where meters have been changed from cu ft to the new type m3 people have been overcharged where the account itself has not been changed over to m3 hence cost is increased by over twice as the account still thinks its charging for cu ft of gas
The easy way to check is look at the meter and see what it records in and then check the account to see what you are being billed for they should if correct be the same units




:thumbsup:

I pay £150 a month for duel fuel with Scottish Power. Thats a 4 bed house (never gets warm) with 4 occupants.

daz1981;7450785

well yeah we are all in all day as i work from home and missus well she … well yeah we are all in all day as i work from home and missus well she does nothing,lol. but i hate heat so dont reallyhave it on loads and loads and dont have it on overnight either. dont know weather its just a really cold house and carp boiler as its a back boiler so not as good as todays standards, im gonna rip it out and put new one in when i get time but its finding the timewas speaking to someone that said they are just going on a british gas plan where you pay £15 a week but thats it and you can use any amount but i cant find anything like that



If you do change the boiler do not forget to get the goverment freebie voucher before you do it
as you cannot claim it afterwards. If you your boiler is old enough and inefficient for the goverment trade in offer its worth about £400
Paste in link
energychoices.co.uk/par…tml

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DEALWARRIOR;7450960

:thumbsup:As every one says it depends on if you heat 24 hours a day and … :thumbsup:As every one says it depends on if you heat 24 hours a day and at what temperature you run at. I have a 4 bed house kept at about 21c with cavity wall insulation installed double glazing etc and hence turn heating off even now between 10pm to 7am and temperature drops to about 16-17C overnight. I use less gas than this. A point to check on your account. There have been reports of where meters have been changed from cu ft to the new type m3 people have been overcharged where the account itself has not been changed over to m3 hence cost is increased by over twice as the account still thinks its charging for cu ft of gas The easy way to check is look at the meter and see what it records in and then check the account to see what you are being billed for they should if correct be the same units :thumbsup:



cheers for info, its a prepay meter so dont gets bills. ive never had prepay before and thought it would be better as you can see what your actually paying day to day but its not really how i thought it would workout:x

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DEALWARRIOR;7451058

If you do change the boiler do not forget to get the goverment freebie … If you do change the boiler do not forget to get the goverment freebie voucher before you do itas you cannot claim it afterwards. If you your boiler is old enough and inefficient for the goverment trade in offer its worth about £400



is that not just for people on benefits?

DEALWARRIOR;7450960

There have been reports of where meters have been changed from cu ft to … There have been reports of where meters have been changed from cu ft to the new type m3 people have been overcharged where the account itself has not been changed over to m3 hence cost is increased by over twice as the account still thinks its charging for cu ft of gas The easy way to check is look at the meter and see what it records in and then check the account to see what you are being billed for they should if correct be the same units :thumbsup:



We had our meter changed last year some time to a m3 one but have scottish power online tarrif and cannot find anywhere online how we are charged to confirm it is the same. I wondered this as our last gas bill was massive compared to the same period last year.

I may have to call them but worried they will just fob me off.

daz1981;7451123

is that not just for people on benefits?



I may be wrong but I think this scheme is for the first 125000 who apply try googling boiler scrappage scheme. There are sites showing what boilers are in the frame for changing as it happens I changed mine two years ago, d*mn

Iam also sure that British Gas would give you a estimate to change the boiler and should? have details

waj1234;7451159

We had our meter changed last year some time to a m3 one but have … We had our meter changed last year some time to a m3 one but have scottish power online tarrif and cannot find anywhere online how we are charged to confirm it is the same. I wondered this as our last gas bill was massive compared to the same period last year.I may have to call them but worried they will just fob me off.



Take a look at your gas bill and look at the conversion from units to kWh
There should be an explanation as how the conversion is worked out.
If you have an imperial meter a conversion factor of 2,83 will be used to convert from cu ft to cu mtr.
If you have a metric meter the conversion factor will be 1 or omitted.
So if you see the conversion factor of 2.83 and you have a metric meter, you will be paying nearly 3 times what you should.

Also, check that the serial number of your meter on the bill matches the number on your meter.

doberman;7451693

Take a look at your gas bill and look at the conversion from units to … Take a look at your gas bill and look at the conversion from units to kWhThere should be an explanation as how the conversion is worked out.If you have an imperial meter a conversion factor of 2,83 will be used to convert from cu ft to cu mtr.If you have a metric meter the conversion factor will be 1 or omitted.So if you see the conversion factor of 2.83 and you have a metric meter, you will be paying nearly 3 times what you should.



Just checked again and was more observant this time and it says metric under the gas heading so seems it is correct. I guess we have just been using it much more in the quarter up to christmas.

We pay £80 a month for both which seems ok for a 3 bed concrete semi. We did get a multi fuel stove 2 years ago and have managed to get a fair amount of free coke/coal from dissused bunker of friends etc but will have to buy it next year which would work out much more expensive than gas so I can see it being used much less next year and just using the GCH instead. We also tried logs but you just cant get enough heat out of them alone.

I think the only way is better insulation or more jumpers. Though still not heard anything from the build center loft insulation order fro november so I guess it got lost on the system:?

waj1234;7451159

We had our meter changed last year some time to a m3 one but have … We had our meter changed last year some time to a m3 one but have scottish power online tarrif and cannot find anywhere online how we are charged to confirm it is the same. I wondered this as our last gas bill was massive compared to the same period last year.I may have to call them but worried they will just fob me off.



Try running a years worth of readings through a price comparison site if its well out on price you may have a problem eg Jan 2009 bill meter reading 1000 Dec 2009 reading 2000 volume of gas used 1000 m3 per year

As before have you checked your direct debit has not been jacked up above the rate needed to pay the bill because the company are recovering money underpaid in previous year. I have known people to be several hundreds of pounds in credit because of this because the company normally forget to reduce it down once they have the money back

Any way let the thread know how it goes.

No after checking in more detail it seems correct as we were paying £95, then £88 and finally now we pay £79 a month and got a cheque for £290 in september due to being in credit.

May be worth checking for a better deal though it may be better elsewhere. It is a mind baffling experience though and I find it hard to compare what with all the different tiers etc.

waj1234;7451159

We had our meter changed last year some time to a m3 one but have … We had our meter changed last year some time to a m3 one but have scottish power online tarrif and cannot find anywhere online how we are charged to confirm it is the same. I wondered this as our last gas bill was massive compared to the same period last year.I may have to call them but worried they will just fob me off.



scottish power tariffs
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The Fox;7452052

scottish power … scottish power tariffshttp://www.scottishpower.co.uk/Home_Energy/Product_Prices/Online_Energy_Prices/



wish I could be bothered to compare them all to see if I am getting a good deal but I cant. Same goes for checking others too, just too much hassle to do it too often and even when I do shift, it looks cheaper until 6 months down the line they put your diect debit up lol. They all seem same in the long run.

waj1234;7451891

No after checking in more detail it seems correct as we were paying £95, … No after checking in more detail it seems correct as we were paying £95, then £88 and finally now we pay £79 a month and got a cheque for £290 in september due to being in credit.May be worth checking for a better deal though it may be better elsewhere. It is a mind baffling experience though and I find it hard to compare what with all the different tiers etc.



Assumimg you are living in a "standard" house and not a 1 bedroom flat or a mansion £960 a year sounds about right. If I can find that £15 a week all in deal for as much as I can use I will go for it. Then a long lead down the street to Mums :whistling:

daz1981;7451095

cheers for info, its a prepay meter so dont gets bills. ive never had … cheers for info, its a prepay meter so dont gets bills. ive never had prepay before and thought it would be better as you can see what your actually paying day to day but its not really how i thought it would workout:x



Daz, the first thing you should do is to get rid of the prepay meter,
for the time being forget about how much energy you are using and look at the cost,
you will be paying more for each unit used.
you are missing out on fixed price tariffs
you are missing out on discounts for paying by direct debit
you are missing out on online account
you are missing out on Dual fuel discount
taking all this into account will reduce your costs greatly

At the moment with this cold weather im paying in a a 4 bed house, an we dont have central heating we got the old type hot blow air heating ( which sucks)

£35 per week gas
£23 per week Electric

This is on prepayment meter, tried change the electric to a normal metre but cos of my bad credit at the mo they want £200 security bond up front & i dont have that kind of money at the mo

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mrfun1981;7452280

At the moment with this cold weather im paying in a a 4 bed house, an we … At the moment with this cold weather im paying in a a 4 bed house, an we dont have central heating we got the old type hot blow air heating ( which sucks)£35 per week gas £23 per week ElectricThis is on prepayment meter, tried change the electric to a normal metre but cos of my bad credit at the mo they want £200 security bond up front & i dont have that kind of money at the mo



I have the same heating and hate it also.

My house is only 16 years old, Barratt cheapskates :x

I have just looked in detail at my bill and it seems we have economy 7 even though I did not know. I know we have a 2 dial meter but thought you had to ask for economy 7. Will we pay more because of this as we never have anything on on a night apart from standby and fridge and freezer?

We also have a 2 rate system on both gas and electric but if you check other companies tarrifs, npower for instance, there cheapest one is one rate so it is hard to compare.:?

We pay 4.655p primary rate and 3.768p secondary rate for gas.

Electric is 13.962p primary and 8.335 secondary

Also if we have an economy 7 meter can we have a single meter fitted etc and would that be cheaper? Oh so confused, we should go back to gas light lol.

waj1234;7452712

I have just looked in detail at my bill and it seems we have economy 7 … I have just looked in detail at my bill and it seems we have economy 7 even though I did not know. I know we have a 2 dial meter but thought you had to ask for economy 7. Will we pay more because of this as we never have anything on on a night apart from standby and fridge and freezer?We also have a 2 rate system on both gas and electric but if you check other companies tarrifs, npower for instance, there cheapest one is one rate so it is hard to compare.:?We pay 4.655p primary rate and 3.768p secondary rate for gas.Electric is 13.962p primary and 8.335 secondaryAlso if we have an economy 7 meter can we have a single meter fitted etc and would that be cheaper? Oh so confused, we should go back to gas light lol.



It looks like, from what you've wrote, that you are on a single rate of electricity despite having an Economy 7 meter. Generally, if you don't have storage heaters, you do not need an Economy 7 tariff. Bear in mind that the meter does not have to be changed (with most companies) if you don't utilise the E7, as all they do is add the two meter readings together and charge at one single rate.

Quick explanation of the primary rate/secondary rate - It may look like you are still on E7 but you are in fact being charged primary units in place of standing charge, which is deemed fairer to the consumer. So you will be charged approx 225 units of electricity at primary unit rate and any usage over that at the secondary rate.

mrfun1981;7452280

At the moment with this cold weather im paying in a a 4 bed house, an we … At the moment with this cold weather im paying in a a 4 bed house, an we dont have central heating we got the old type hot blow air heating ( which sucks)£35 per week gas £23 per week ElectricThis is on prepayment meter, tried change the electric to a normal metre but cos of my bad credit at the mo they want £200 security bond up front & i dont have that kind of money at the mo



Vote with your feet !! Basically, ring up the supplier that can give you the best deal on gas/elec prices and explain your predicament of the unwanted prepayment meter - tell them that you are willing to bring both your fuels over to them if they can remove it. I know that you can get a better deal, i.e. £50 meter change as long as you go on direct debit - although you do have to have been resident in the property for over 12 months.
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