How much is your monthly gas/elec direct debit?

(83 Posts)
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.

sounds cheap! Mine has gone up to £145 combined gas /electric. 4 bed detached house in scotland.

YonicTheHedgehog Sun 02-Jun-13 09:07:15

Think its £103 with Scottish Power, 1930s 3 bed semi. We don't watch our useage closely at the moment.

EllaWilk Sun 02-Jun-13 09:10:34

One bedroom flat £14 a month (electric only, no gas here).

noisytoys Sun 02-Jun-13 09:16:26

2 bed flat. £92 per month gas and electric duel fuel

CalmingLava Sun 02-Jun-13 09:21:39

2 bed mid terrace, £50, and everything is electric. It was £80 and they lowered it, although I still haven't given them exact meter readings.

Lavendersbluedillydilly1969 Sun 02-Jun-13 09:26:43

We've been with our provider for 10 yrs but I do comparisons every year and they've always been good. Our fixed rate is about to finish and been looking again, to refix for 2 years is going to increase my monthly payments to about £155 up from £122 but can't find anything significantly cheaper. I'm not thrilled to say the least but hoping £155 gas and elec for a 4 bed detached in Cambridgeshire is about normal. I dont think we're massively wasteful but heating was on lots till recently and we have a tumble drier and dishwasher that are used a lot.

happynappies Sun 02-Jun-13 14:50:52

We've just had a letter from edf saying ours is going up from £100 per month to £500 per month. Am in total shock. For the Winter period, 6 months elec. was £613, and 6 months' gas was £1218.57. We moved into this house in October, and although bigger, draughtier etc, cannot understand why the huge change in energy consumption. At a loss. We're investigating basic things like fitting energy saving lightbulbs, but it all feels a bit futile atm.

Tiredemma Sun 02-Jun-13 14:53:29

4 bed house.

169 pcm

ChimeForChange Sun 02-Jun-13 15:24:58

2 bed flat
£51 electric and £47 gas so £98 a month
With British Gas

ChimeForChange Sun 02-Jun-13 15:25:13

And I'm usually always in credit

PinkMangoSays Sun 02-Jun-13 15:51:47

happy maybe you should double check your latest bills and query with them why such thebig change if your bills don'treflect you needing your DD to be putup so much

DoingItForMyself Sun 02-Jun-13 16:00:13

Mine went from about £100 to £140 last year, they're now saying I will owe them at that rate and should increase monthly payments to £190 shock

I'm in a 4 bed detached with 3 DCs using TVs/chargers etc a lot, but heating is only on in winter and I don't cook as much as I should so don't know why its so ridiculously high.

MrsBungle Sun 02-Jun-13 16:08:05

4 bed house - £150 a month. Made up of £50 electric and £100 gas but we have a shitty old boiler which we are going to replace so I'm hoping that brings the gas cost down a wee bit.

amothersplaceisinthewrong Sun 02-Jun-13 16:10:14

£234 per month - dual fuel. Four bedroom house, It went up from £176 per month last month, but is reviewed every three months, so will probably drop again.

amothersplaceisinthewrong Sun 02-Jun-13 16:13:46

Happy nappies, even if your summer consumption was the same as your winter consumption, you bill would be £3k a year, therefore £250 amonth, not £500. I think your supplier might be having a laugh

blueshoes Sun 02-Jun-13 16:19:06

5 bed house. Just moved at the start of the year so not entirely sure how this will pan out over a year but £350-400 a month. First Utility. Ouch.

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Sun 02-Jun-13 16:21:54

3 bed end of terrace, £110 a month, dual fuel with Scottish Power.

3 Bed purpose built flat - around £110 combined with British Gas (can't remember the breakdown atm - comes out of DHs account not mine)

frissonpink Sun 02-Jun-13 16:24:53

£14 a month shock HOW?!

2 bed flat here - £91 a month (electric only) and we're in debit to the tune of about £300 sad

God knows how. I spend my life on the phone complaining and saying I'm sure we're paying for the entire apartment block.

kaytola Sun 02-Jun-13 16:29:03

4 bed end terrace and we pay £167 a month, which to me is too much and we've tried all sorts to bring it down. The very cold winter/spring has not helped one bit.

summerglory Sun 02-Jun-13 16:30:08

Ours was £118 a month 3 bed semi & they wanted to put it up to £224, I've been on ML since Nov so hv had the heating on constant for the last 4/5 months during the coldest ever winter. We r with Npower but are changing suppliers to edf I think - dh is sorting - cant bring myself to pay over £200 for gas & elec.

sillymillyb Sun 02-Jun-13 16:41:44

2 bed victorian flat £67 a month dual fuel - tho only been here a few months so not sure how realistic this is long term.

nextphase Sun 02-Jun-13 16:49:53

Ring them and try to bottom that out. I get your total usage higher than the poster above, but still "only" £3600 a year - ie £300/mth if your summer usage is the same as your winter (unlikely!). Have you got a big debit with them from paying less than required over the winter - ie is that amount to be quits come autumn, and then it could come down again????

Ours is £75/mth, 4 bed detached.

ladyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 02-Jun-13 16:54:24

£27 a month electricity (surprising as I work from home and the laptop/tv are on a lot, £60 gas (surprising as I have a log burner so try not to have the central heating on a lot). confused I think some of them get their amounts out of thin air!

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

PigeonsCanClimbStairs Sun 02-Jun-13 19:33:30

£47 a month for gas and electric. Two bedroom mid terrace, just me and DS.

ClaimedByMe Sun 02-Jun-13 19:39:03

happynappies who is your provider?

We now pay £300 a month for gas and electric after owing loads on the electric after the winter sad

bryonywhisker Sun 02-Jun-13 19:41:02

3 bed det, npower wanted to put dual fuel up to £180 month in Nov but managed to fix at £150. just got bill and they have put it down to £90 as we were in credit despite heating being on way more than usual confused

happynappies Sun 02-Jun-13 19:46:27

ClaimedByMe we are with edf sad

ClaimedByMe Sun 02-Jun-13 19:48:26

My guess was going to be SSE was your provider, we managed to use 3 times the amount of electric quoted for a 3 bed semi, I have a man from SSE coming out tomorrow to talk me through not using my appliances sad

happynappies Sun 02-Jun-13 19:56:58

Can you pass on your tips tomorrow then? Am seriously shaken by our bill sad

BikeRunSki Sun 02-Jun-13 19:59:45

£75 due fuel with Scottish Power, usually we are in a bit of credit. 3 bed detached, double glazing and lots of insulation.

BikeRunSki Sun 02-Jun-13 20:00:39


ladyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 02-Jun-13 20:16:19

I did energy assessments at Uni.

Do you;

have energy saving lightbulbs? How many are turned on at one time?
leave the TV/video on stand by?
Some older microwaves use a lot of electricity when they are plugged in (I know, sounds crazy but they do), try unplugging it.
How old are your appliances?
Are items unplugged when not in use or just switched off? Try unplugging them.

Heating/hot water;

You only need your hot water on for an hour a day, enough to fill a tank.
If you're using the cooker then use it to cook enough meals for two days and microwave them as this will save gas.
Most heat is lost through the windows and doors so use heavy curtains and draught excluders.
Heat goes up so make sure there's adequate loft insulation. You can also stick foil onto a piece of cardboard and slide this down the back of the radiators as this will stop the heat going into the wall.
Don't place anything in front of a radiator as it will prevent the heat from flowing properly.


DuttyWine Sun 02-Jun-13 20:19:03

happy mine was 1200 still owed as wellas paying 70 a month dd. we were paying 58 electric and were in credit.

I'm going to ask if I can still pay 70 a month and 50 a month from my other bank account to clear the debt and then hopefully over the summer some of the 70 a month will cover it too.

DTisMYdoctor Sun 02-Jun-13 20:31:48

I don't think I've ever had a thread with so many replies grin

Thanks everyone for posting - I'll have a proper read later, though a quick skim seems that we're not doing too bad. I'm not sure if we've given a reading for a while though so will need to check our bill vs actual usage.

Bunbaker Sun 02-Jun-13 20:32:59

4 bed detached house £135 a month for gas and electricity, but we have solar panels and we get rebates so we often pay £45 a month.

hugoagogo Sun 02-Jun-13 20:37:40

£85 a month for both, 3 bedroom mid terrace.

It used to be £10 less, but they have put it up.

We seem to get a rebate every couple of years as they always overestimate.

DuttyWine Sun 02-Jun-13 21:35:35

For those of you who rent has your landlord done anything to make the house more energy efficient?

mikkii Sun 02-Jun-13 21:49:10

We pay £250 per month, 5 bed detached, no cavity walls.

DH likes it sub-tropical but I pay the bill so we change the thermostat!

Due to the hours we keep, we have the heating on all the time as either someone is in, or only a couple of hours at a time empty.

We're with EDF. For some reason all payments were put on gas account and none to electric. I was actually owing about £30 at the end of last winter (overall) but they wanted to increase DD by about £100 a month. When I talked it all through with the advisor, he reallocated the payments and left the payments the same. I haven't checked recently........

daisydee43 Sun 02-Jun-13 21:53:49

£69 month dual direct debit edf blue price plan - 2 bed flat with tumble dryer and dishwasher (was quoted £40 month so now are paying a debt)

joanofarchitrave Sun 02-Jun-13 22:01:35

£43 a month elec (just gone down from £46) with Good Energy, and £18 a month gas with Southern Electric. 2 bed terraced house, gas ch and cooking, a fair bit of elec as dh is home all day.

We aren't bad on our energy use as we did a thing called the Low Carbon Living Programme, but tbh it's not rocket science. Good Energy have always been v low for us, worth checking out? I think people assume that because they are 'green' (relatively) they must be 'luxury'. Not our experience.

Holy crap you people all seem to pay a fortune! We pay £58 per month on dual fuel, with EON. We're in a fairly modern 2 bed terrace but the landlord doesn't give a shit about keeping it in good condition as long as we pay the rent. This is my experience of all landlords BTW. I'm sure there are some good ones out there but I've not had one of their houses. The gas safety certification is months out of date & I'm sick of ringing them about it.

Sorry to derail by the way. And breathe.

MrsGSR Mon 03-Jun-13 22:18:47

3 bed end terrace, about 130 a month for both with British gas. My dad pays less than 100 for a 5 bed :/ so looking into switching suppliers

PinkPheebs99 Mon 03-Jun-13 22:30:01

£78 per month Gas and Electric with British Gas. However there's only the two of us (no kids yet) and we only put the heating on when it's really cold

Oh and house is 3 bed detached Victorian house

WinningBread Mon 03-Jun-13 22:33:36

£60 per month. 3 bed semi.

We work from home, but switch energy supplier every year via uswitch - it has saved us a fortune!

puckertoe Tue 04-Jun-13 15:33:34

Ovo energy, gas and electric £84 per month in a 4 bed house. 4 people and one of us working from home. Two teenagers taking baths and running the washing machine on all day just aboutIts a terrace which makes a bit of difference I think with sharing walls and heating it. We ditched the dryer and now hang out the washing on the line too as it eats the energy.

puckertoe Tue 04-Jun-13 15:39:12

Make sure you ask for a rebate of any credit due you on a regular basis too. They'll be likely to hold on to it unless you ask for it back.

BeauNidle Tue 04-Jun-13 15:42:01

Gas 84
Elec 80 so 164 dual fuel Atlantic

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spababe Wed 30-Apr-14 17:16:30

£100 a month for both gas and elec BUT we have solar panels and generate quite a bit of electricity ourselves

spababe Wed 30-Apr-14 17:16:48

sorry forgot to say 4 bed detached

rpitchfo Thu 01-May-14 13:26:09

£68 pound a month dual fuel with EON - we hardly ever use anything though and EON has us down in the top 5% of efficient users.

annielostit Thu 01-May-14 16:43:46

We pay £100 a month. 3 bed detacted bungalow, 10 yr old so its got lagging etc. Its freezing in the winter as the heat goes up.eon fixed rate.

RussianBlu Sun 11-May-14 17:37:24

£36 a month, electric only. Am in credit a little bit. (2 beds)

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 11-May-14 19:28:02

£59 a month but that's based on winter useage. I'm hoping it will drop in the summer.

It's only this low because its our own house and I can have what I want re lighting etc.

HappyAgainOneDay Sun 11-May-14 19:40:19

4 bed house. Ovo. £100 for gas and electricity joint. Single occupancy. Just changed to them so might be cheaper later in the year. Was about 170 pm before changing.

£80 pm for gas & elec. 2 bed flat.

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