How much is your monthly gas/elec direct debit?

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DTisMYdoctor Sun 02-Jun-13 09:03:56

We've just had a letter from EON confirming our direct debit is going up to £107 per month. It's been a good five years since I compared providers, so I will have a look, but I just wondered what other people were paying these days?

We're in a good sized 3 bed mid terrace with gas central heating.

ladyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 02-Jun-13 16:54:46

Oh, sorry. 2 bed terraced with SSE.

MirandaWest Sun 02-Jun-13 17:00:04

£90 a month in 3 bedroom semi detached - am fairly stingy with gas heating but a bit lax at remembering to turn electrical items off. Think its fairly accurate as have been with supplier 12 months so as we're still just about in credit we seem to be paying what we use iyswim.
I give readings each month so nothing suddenly shocks me.
Will have a check now I have a years worth of useage whether this is the best tariff.

MirandaWest Sun 02-Jun-13 17:01:08

And EllaWilk how is yours so low? £14 a month would be great smile

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 02-Jun-13 17:03:51

With EDF if you give meter readings too close together it makes your consumption look higher.

They did it to me and I had to virtually cry down the phone to get them to leave the DD where it is.

DD is a bit misleading anyway, unit price is what matters and if you are on a plan with a standing charge or a plan with so many units at one price and then the rest at a lower rate.

ladyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 02-Jun-13 17:06:12

EDF are useless. I was with them in my last house and didn't have a bill for three years, nor did they read my meter. I called to give them the readings but it made no difference. I moved in June last year and still have no idea how much I owe them as they finally sent me a bill... for June 2012 to October 2012 so after I'd moved out. confused

3 bed semi - £140 pcm - Sainsburys. Only been with them since April.

EDF before and to my amazement we've actually just got a refund?!? Not complaining, but very very surprised as I've had the heating on a lot more this past winter as I was fed up of feeling so cold!

Kneedeepindaisies Sun 02-Jun-13 17:12:04

Small 3 bed terrace and we pay £123 so you're doing well.

QuietOldLadyWhisperingHush Sun 02-Jun-13 17:16:19

It's true the direct debit system is misleading especially when you've just moved or changed suppliers, because they don't really have anything accurate to base their estimate on. I use quarterly billing which is based on our actual usage. This way I don't feel like the energy company can overestimate our usage (I know you get it back as a credit but I still dislike it.)

We moved into 4 bed end of terrace last year and the winter quarter cost us nearly £600 - way too much! We have an old boiler and draughty windows which will be replaced soon!

DuttyWine Sun 02-Jun-13 17:19:03

happy I got a 1200 bill for 6 months and they said my bills would be 269 a month just for gas. I queried it and they have done a meter test and the certificate just came back as measuring correctly. I don't understand how when my previous ones were 279 for the quarter. It's British gas so I am going to have to try and sort out a repayment plan. I was in credit for my electric by 9 pounds.

SilveryMoon Sun 02-Jun-13 17:21:36

We pay £50 a month for electric and £30 for gas. We get a credit note and money put back in the bank with every bill we receive.
We have a first floor 2 bed.

Underhandinbrad Sun 02-Jun-13 17:24:14

Since me and my girls moved to bradford r bills have doubled. It's crippling me. We tried getting cheaper provider but no good.

cece Sun 02-Jun-13 17:34:53

£100 pm. 5 bedroom detached house.

DuttyWine Sun 02-Jun-13 17:37:49

underhand that's interesting that's where we are.

EMUZ Sun 02-Jun-13 17:41:33

Monthly around £15 electric and £45 gas. 2 bed apartment
Think my gas is slightly skewed by how cold its been, last year it was around £30 a month has

tulipflowers Sun 02-Jun-13 17:49:23

We moved to Scottish power in december, we have a 3 bed terreace, they said DD would be £89 for gas and electric.
Just got first bill DD has been increased to £120, as Its being judged on gas used over winter, whereas we use none in summer :-(

QuietOldLadyWhisperingHush Sun 02-Jun-13 17:57:02

cece care to share how that is possible? Are you in a new build, is it duel fuel, any DC... etc?

Tigerbomb Sun 02-Jun-13 17:57:10

£168 per month on DD. 4 bed semi detached. It was £120 a few months ago.

We have just had our March to end of May bill in - £471 shock up £150 from this time last year. I am not sure if that is becasue of a price increase or because it has been so dam cold

cece Sun 02-Jun-13 18:17:37

House is 1950s. We do have double glazing and had insulation put into the cavity walls a couple of years ago.

There are 2 adults and 3 DC, so fair bit of computer/tv use. Heating is on a timer and I keep the thermostat lowish. However, we do pop it on for an extra hour if very cold. We also have an open fire in the living room that we use.

I do swap suppliers a lot though; at least every six months I do a comparison and if cheaper then I swap. Over the years I have whittled it down to this - it was £80 pm but was recently put up as we owed them money.

littlemonkeychops Sun 02-Jun-13 18:18:30

3 bed seji - £53 a month for gas/electric

forevergreek Sun 02-Jun-13 18:26:10

1 bed flat. Electric - £30 ish a month, gas -£2.50 smile

forevergreek Sun 02-Jun-13 18:27:13

Oh and we have heating on all year pretty much and halogen lights etc

Nerfmother Sun 02-Jun-13 18:29:07

Blimey cece that's brilliant! 180 at least here PCM for dual fuel. 4 bed detached part DG and loft insulation done.

Elk Sun 02-Jun-13 18:29:19

We pay £73 a month for gas and electricity for a 4 bed detached.

dh looks around for a new provider every year. Currently with SSE.

With the amount lots of you are paying I am now assuming it will go up lots fairly soon.

happynappies Sun 02-Jun-13 19:16:43

Duttywine because we've been paying £100 dd over the last six months we now owe them about £1200, hence why the dd amount has gone up so much. I think we're going to borrow from family to pay the lot off, wipe the slate clean as it were, and reduce the dd amount from £500 to perhaps something like £175, then with lower summer usage we should be on track for Winter, although hopefully not another £2000 Winter! Already this week we've switched the central heating off, set the water heater for one hour morning and night, the dcs have stopped having showers, and we've got a timer so dh and I use the shower for a maximum of 5 minutes. We've got a second fridge in the garage which I've just turned off, am reducing the amount of time tumble dryer is on, and the energy saving light bulbs are going in as of today. I think the big thing for us is going to be insulation though - no cavity walls, not sure what we can do other than maybe get thermal curtains. Some windows have no curtains (kitchen windows, kitchen door etc) and conservatory roof might need replacing, but since moving house we are on v. tight budget as it is. Hard to work out exactly what to do to make savings. Going to get a monitor plug thingy to work out what our electrical appliances are using. Might need to think about e.g. wood burner... Not sure.

forevergreek Sun 02-Jun-13 19:27:38

We use southern electric

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