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QuadrupleL Sat 02-Apr-16 22:15:00

I have just put my meter readings in today and they are OFF THE SCALE!!!!! For some reason I have used more than 25% more this month than last month.

So, I wondered if anyone would mind telling me what they pay as a comparison.

We only have electric (no gas in the village), 4 bed semi, 1930's, shit double glazing, SAHD and 2yr old. This month we used 1288 units which is £160!!!! But last month £112 and month before £122.

TheTartOfAsgard Sat 02-Apr-16 22:18:01

3 bed semi, I'm on a key meter and top up around £10 a week, a bit more in winter when I have to use the tumble dryer.

RubbleBubble00 Sat 02-Apr-16 22:20:06

£55 electric and £60 oil so not much difference as we use oil for heating and hot water. It's been really chilly the last month, has dh had heating on all day?

annandale Sat 02-Apr-16 22:20:37

We're with Good Energy. 2 bed terrace. They've just cut our monthly elec payment from 43 to £19 a month.

RubbleBubble00 Sat 02-Apr-16 22:20:46

Iv an electric tumble dryer that's on most days

wetsnow Sat 02-Apr-16 22:21:10

£88 with ovo 100% renewable energy.
3 bed end of terrace.

Dh just said we over pay though so could get it down to £60.

annandale Sat 02-Apr-16 22:22:20

Oh sorry but we pay gas separately to them, that's another £28.

BrandNewAndImproved Sat 02-Apr-16 22:23:46

2 bed flat with storage heaters and key metre. Use £30 a week in the winter and £20 in the summer.

SellFridges Sat 02-Apr-16 22:26:44

2 bed terrace. Utterly lazy and forgetful so heating often stays on all day when we are not home. £85 a month.

SellFridges Sat 02-Apr-16 22:27:00

£85 is for gas and electric.

sepa Sat 02-Apr-16 22:29:17

£60 a month for both gas and electricity. I think electricity is probably £40 of that! Can you not move to monthly DD? Do metered people pay more than people who pay monthly or at each bill? X

IgnoreMeEveryOtherReindeerDoes Sat 02-Apr-16 22:29:32

About £180 per quarter, 3 bed house and us tumble dryer daily no dishwasher though. Have just changed to £46 d/d per month.

If you using storage heaters or have emergency tank to heat water that will kill your electric

backtowork2015 Sat 02-Apr-16 22:29:36

3 bed end terrace. £100 a month fixed rate combined electricity and gas. No idea what actual usage is month to month but I'm generally in credit by a couple of quid. Note, we are quite frugal, we put a jumper on, not the boiler. The heating is only on for 30mins in the morning and 3hours in the evening. I'll turn it off totally now it's mild. Where do you dry clothes? Any electric munching tumble dryer or de humidifier?

JoffreyBaratheon Sat 02-Apr-16 22:31:47

3 bed terrace and anything between 2-5 kids depending who's home. (Usually 2 or 3). £100 a month. Although the nPower woman claimed it was going to be £80 a month. We have coal/wood fired central heating so I spend £60 a month on coal in winter, as well. Which is a fraction of what we used to use - I used to have the fire lit all day in winter. Now I just freeze all day and light it at night when everyone gets home. I dry the clothes for all of us on the line from Spring - Autumn, but at the moment have to use the dryer, so my bills are higher.

nPower messed up, giving me what looked like a good offer, then forgot to set up the direct debit. Like an idiot, I assumed the money was going out, never checked, and it took them a year to get round to phoning us which meant last year I had to pay two years' worth of electricity - so it was as high as £200 a month. My fault for not reading bank statements but their's for not bothering to contact us about it for 12 months...

They are vile on the phone - incompetent and rude. I have been on the energy provider swapping websites, but can't get a cheaper deal.

MyLlamasGoneBananas Sat 02-Apr-16 22:32:59

140 a month for both gas and electric. 4 bed semi with shot windows. I'm at home all day. So similar to you really.

BG2015 Sat 02-Apr-16 22:38:53

4 bed town house, 10 yrs old (but 4th bedroom not heated) we're with First Utility and pay £55 a month (gas/electric). We're out all day and heating/water is timed an hour in the morning and 2 hours early evening. We use the dishwasher daily and tumble dryer 2/3 times a week.

It was £69 a month but reduced in January. I can't believe it's so cheap! Our deal comes to an end in May so hoping I can find a similar deal.

Chattymummyhere Sat 02-Apr-16 23:06:01

Not sure what we use but British Gas have our dd set as £133 electric £48 gas per month for a 3 bed. That also runs a hot tub during April-September. 2 adults now 3 children, I'm at home all day.

QuadrupleL Sat 02-Apr-16 23:18:17

DH is disabled and does feel the cold so the heating has been on all day but he normally does anyway. We don;t have a tumble drier, we either dry in the house and the dampness really helps with my hair and nails not getting destroyed by the heating, or out on the line. DH has just asked why the water pump was on - it is an obsolete pump that the landlord did not disconnect when the had a new heating system put in. I am now wondering whether it was that which caused the massive hike this month. 2 year old has a fascination with switches so am guessing that at some point he flicked it on. He has just suggested we put a blank plate on it.

I do pay by DD monthly but I put my meter readings in every month because we wanted to monitor the (then) new heating system, which has basically doubled the electric bill. However previously we had coal fired central heating which was dirty and difficult and cost lots in coal!!

I am really surprised at the range of bills though! Of course it will come down to how people use it and the quality of building, but still, that's a massive range.

heatgear Sat 02-Apr-16 23:18:53

£40 a month for gas & elec combined with Ecotricity. 2 bed flat about 15 years old. I'm at home most days, am fairly liberal with heating, deep baths and we have lots of gadgets.

JaceLancs Sat 02-Apr-16 23:22:07

£67 per month gas and electric, but I'm a 'put any extra jumper on' person!

LBOCS2 Sat 02-Apr-16 23:22:29

£90pcm for gas and electric. 3 bed terrace, double glazed. Heating on all day (6am-10pm) but set at 15c. We're currently in credit.

SingingSamosa Sat 02-Apr-16 23:22:40

We pay approx £80 a month for oil (heating and hot water), £45 a month for electricity (although that will come down slightly now as we've just had solar panels fitted) and around £12 a month for water.

The tumble dryer is on most days, and there's usually at least one adult and one child home all day. I think our electric and water are quite cheap judging by some other bills on here. We have quite a large 5 bed house and 5 people in the family, as well as various livestock, so we don't really scrimp with the heating/electric/water.

JaceLancs Sat 02-Apr-16 23:23:05

That's for a 3 bed semi with 3 adults and quite a few gadgets

BeALert Sun 03-Apr-16 01:57:49

In winter I pay about 80 a month for electricity and 180 a month for gas. Otoh it's below freezing the entire time so the hearing has to be on to stop the pipes from freezing. You can't really just stick a sweater on when it's -10 to -15C outside. Grr.

FankEweVeryMuch Sun 03-Apr-16 10:03:36

It worked out as £56 per month last year and I imagine it will remain the same this year. We have a 5 bed terrace.

Beth2511 Sun 03-Apr-16 10:14:49

We have a key meter. 20 a week over summer 30 over winter. Bad feeling this coming winter will be worse as will have a new born as well so our bedroom will alsp have to be heated, we never bothered this year!

Lucsy Sun 03-Apr-16 10:25:24

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Mousefinkle Sun 03-Apr-16 13:19:09

I'm on prepayment and I think I pay similar or even less than people paying DD, I don't know. I have three young DC (youngest not in school yet) and work from home so we're in quite often. I put £10 electric and £20 gas on a week. Less gas in summer, probably £10 a week. So between £80 and £120 a month for both.

SoleBizzz Sun 03-Apr-16 15:32:57

£22 a week gas and £16 a week electric. Pre payment metres, Scottish Power.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 03-Apr-16 15:41:33

£16 a month.

But we have gas here.

1930s house, poor dg is a bad combination for heating bills.

Letustryagain Sun 03-Apr-16 15:51:23

We pay £112 a month for both. 3 storey 4/5 bed house (but heating only on in three bedrooms). I'm at home all day so the kettle is boiled a lot and I have two laptops on all day for work.

Being made redundant at the end of April though so really need to get the costs down... May look to switch. Currently with First Utility.

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Sun 03-Apr-16 16:01:24

3-bed mid-terrace and we don't have gas. We have a wood/coal burner that goes on sometimes. I work from home so there is electricity being used all the time - television, tumble drier, washing machine, laptop (constantly on) - and sometimes I have a portable electric fire on.

Our bill is about £120 per month.

TobleroneBoo Sun 03-Apr-16 16:03:32

£70 a month for gas and electric. 2 bed semi. That's with ovo

EveryoneElsie Sun 03-Apr-16 16:04:43

We pay by monthly direct debit and get an annual discount for that.
We have Economy 7 and run the washing machine on that. No tumble dryer, gas cooker and boiler.
£45 a month for gas
£55 a month for electricity.

Obs2016 Sun 03-Apr-16 16:06:54

£130 DD a month for both. 3 bed end of terrace.

Obs2016 Sun 03-Apr-16 16:08:22

Shocked at the variety.

pearlylum Sun 03-Apr-16 16:24:00

I pay £104 for both, 5 bed semi. I change supplier frequently. Last switch I did was with Uswitch which shaved 60% off my new quote with my current supplier. Plus I got a case of wine which arrived in time for christmas.

hollinhurst84 Sun 03-Apr-16 16:26:04

£50 a month for gas and electric

Oooblimey Sun 03-Apr-16 16:27:40

I think I'm being robbed!! 2 bed semi, just me and DH, both work full time so nothing on during day. Pay £180 a month DD to British Gas. That is for electric and gas together, don't know what the ratios are. I just thought that was normal as it averages out over the year but looking at some of these posts I think I am actually being robbed!.... Of to look at comparison sites to change supplier..! shock

pearlylum Sun 03-Apr-16 16:40:46

oohblimey- that's huge!!!! I am living in a 5 bed semi and work from home- PC rarely gets switched off and heating etc.

Do try uswitch or some other group switch- that's where the best deals are to be had. have a look at martin lewis'
I was quoted £190 a month from my current supplier ( Eon) for the next 12 months. I had quote from uswitch and was quoted £104 for the same energy usage with a group switch ( to eon).
So I signed up, my existing contract with Eon was terminated, and I switched to a group deal with eon. Saved me a whopping £1032 over the next 12 months. And I stayed with the same supplier.

Pinkheart5915 Sun 03-Apr-16 16:44:19

Ours is £86 a month
5 bedroom detached house, it's me dh and ds who is 6 months.

treaclesoda Sun 03-Apr-16 16:47:59

£93 per month on electricity and another £40 for oil. Three bed modern semi, lots of gadgets and it's very wet where I live so I use the tumble drier far far more often than I'd like to. Oh, and our only shower is an ancient electric shower that is not energy efficient at all.

Nicknamegrief Sun 03-Apr-16 16:48:35

If you have had the immersion on, on top of your normal system that would have caused the hike (although in my experience it would have been bigger).

pearlylum Sun 03-Apr-16 16:49:43

pinkheart- do you heat all the rooms?

Fluffy40 Sun 03-Apr-16 17:53:45

Ours is 92.00pm, 4 bed detached. We are about 100 pounds behind currently.

RhinestoneCowgirl Sun 03-Apr-16 17:56:30

3 bed end of terrace (70s), double glazing but not new. We have no gas supply, so everything electric. Currently pay £90 per month on DD.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Sun 03-Apr-16 18:07:11

We used to pay £180 a month for electricity with E.On but changed supplier last summer and now pay £80 a month with EDF. All electric, 3 bed semi, storage heaters, immersion heater for hot water (which is on a timer so it only comes on for 2 hours when Economy 7 kicks in, putting that on a timer made a big difference to our bills).

Oooblimey Sun 03-Apr-16 18:11:11

Right just switched and saved £80 a month!!!!!!

TeaAndBisquits Sun 03-Apr-16 18:12:12

We're in a large two bed flat and we pay £74 pcm for electric (no gas here)

pearlylum Sun 03-Apr-16 18:15:17

ooblimey- bloody hell!! That's brilliant. Well done. You have saved £960 over the next 12 months. A huge amount.

happyhearts7 Sun 03-Apr-16 18:16:59

Four bed detached (double glazed) approx 18 years old..
Electric about £120 per month (keypad meter)
Oil heating about £65 per month
Coal/sticks about £50 per month (multifuel stove)
SAHM, DH and 5 DC. Tumble dryer every day (2-3 loads daily), loads of electronics charging, I'm quite ill & need the house to be warm but crickey we spend a lot compared to everyone else confused

LizKeen Sun 03-Apr-16 18:21:17

£10 a week elec on a meter. Goes up to £15 a week in summer because we use the immersion more. Wish we had the kind of heating system that could heat the water only.

500l of oil between October and mid April. Price varies.

Family of 4, 4 bed terrace. I am a SAHM so here pretty much all the time.

Think we have it pretty good. Some of these are just mad.

pearlylum Sun 03-Apr-16 18:31:29

happyhearts- £235 a month on fuel! shock

I have a 5 bed house and I pay £104 a month total. I work from home so power is on all day.

Wombat87 Sun 03-Apr-16 18:34:19

Oh and I don't heat the 2 spare bedrooms. Ours is a minimum of 18degrees in the daytime. House gets cold

NameChanger22 Sun 03-Apr-16 18:35:48

There are 2 of us in a 2 bed terrace house. Every time I go upstairs my daughter has left 5 lights on, so I think we cut back a bit when I finally make her realise that electricity is ex. I pay electric and gas quarterly and spend about 400 a year on electric and 500 a year on gas. I switch suppliers often and

NameChanger22 Sun 03-Apr-16 18:37:23

Woops, I hit the send button mid sentence. I meant to say electricity is expensive (not ex).

And, I switch suppliers often and always ask for the best deals.

RudeElf Sun 03-Apr-16 18:38:21

£60/month in electric keypad meter. £40/month in oil.
4 bed semi new build.

RudeElf Sun 03-Apr-16 18:39:08

Sorry, me and two DC. Work part time so some full days at home and some full days out of home.

Pipbin Sun 03-Apr-16 18:39:49

3 bed semi and I pay £70 for gas and electricity.

RoseDog Sun 03-Apr-16 18:43:35

£150 a month dd for electric, 3 bed semi, I think for us it's the electric shower and tumble drier that runs up our bills.

I think we are about £40 in gas.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 03-Apr-16 18:44:20

Moneysavingexpert has an energy club, they show you the tariffs that uswitch etc won't show you.

I got my suppliers off there and found it was cheaper to use seperate suppliers instead of being dual fuel.

Oooblimey Sun 03-Apr-16 18:50:01

I know pearly! I was stuck on a British Gas fixed tariff until March 2016, I knew it was a bit more expensive but Wow!! I can pay my credit card balance off quicker now!

pearlylum Sun 03-Apr-16 18:51:31

So pleased for you ooblimey. Hope you are on a 0% interest rate on your credit card though.

SquidgeyMidgey Sun 03-Apr-16 18:57:29

I pay the electric quarterly, it's normally £200ish but the Dec-Feb bill hits £350. That's for a 3 bed detached, lighting, cooking, tumble drier. The heating and hot water are oil fired which takes about 500 litres a year. God knows why the winter bill is so much more, I don't think I tumble any more...

SootSprite Sun 03-Apr-16 19:08:16

Definitely recommend having a look on uswitch. We are with First Utility now and pay £75 pcm for both gas and electric on a 4 bed detached house. Well worth checking out and switching.

SootSprite Sun 03-Apr-16 19:09:37

I tumble dry most of the year through the winter, central heating, electric shower etc

JessieMcJessie Sun 03-Apr-16 19:12:36

It's "electricITY" people.

"Electric" is an adjective.

RudeElf Sun 03-Apr-16 19:14:52

Shush jessie, no-one cares wink

dakin1 Sun 03-Apr-16 19:19:08

OMG pay £175 p/m for gas and electric for a two bed flat! Thought this was normal but clearly being completely ripped off. Must sort asap. Thanks everyone for sharing I would have continued paying in ignorance

pearlylum Sun 03-Apr-16 19:20:46



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Squiff85 Sun 03-Apr-16 19:23:20

About £120 a month for a 3 bed mid terrace

kimlo Sun 03-Apr-16 19:23:52

My direct debit for dual fuel with the co-op is £85. I spoke to a woman when I seitched who said I use less than average on gas, which is because we are out during the week so the heating isnt on, and more than average for electricity, which will be all the washing and drying.

Ifiwasabadger Sun 03-Apr-16 19:24:36

600 quid a month...but I don't live in the uk. Unhelpful for you OP. Can't believe how much we pay compared to the uk now!

228agreenend Sun 03-Apr-16 19:26:11

£85 for gas and electricity

dementedma Sun 03-Apr-16 19:32:33

It was £100 a month gas and electricity combined for upstairs 3 bed flat, but now down to £60 a month for both.

Fourarmsv2 Sun 03-Apr-16 19:32:56

We have gas and electricity but we only use the gas once in a blue moon when it's freezing cold. The rest of the time we use electric oil filled radiators. Readings are below:

72538 24/1
72684 30/1
73698 24/2
74238 9/3
74885 31/3

Fourarmsv2 Sun 03-Apr-16 19:33:47

Sorry, 4/5 bed detached house. Don't hesitate to use tumble dryer or dishwasher.

Oooblimey Sun 03-Apr-16 19:34:30

Dakin I was the same! I just went on money supermarket and it literally took about 10 minutes to switch and save myself £80 a month! Do it now!!! grin

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 03-Apr-16 19:38:26

Ooo you should join our credit crunch April thread. We're good at credit card balances

Oooblimey Sun 03-Apr-16 19:41:48

Which topic area will I find it fluffy?

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 03-Apr-16 19:43:01

You don't have to post, lurkings ok too.

derenstar Sun 03-Apr-16 19:49:34

£70.50 a month to E.on for both gas and leccy. 4 bed detached new build. Used to pay £80 a month but got £67 back in February when we switched from Sainsburys energy to E.on. 2 adults, 2 kids. Both of us work but kids and I are home from 3.30pm week days and most of the weekend. Heating set to come if indoor temp drops below 18 degrees. Use dishwasher daily and tumble dryer once a week. I do find that the carpeted areas of the house remain very warm long after the heating has switched off. Thank God for good insulation. I'm amazed by the variety on this thread!

whats4teamum Sun 03-Apr-16 19:50:11

£165 electric, £270 gas per month. Ouch.

pearlylum Sun 03-Apr-16 19:55:30


!!!! Where do you live? How big is your house?

notamummy10 Sun 03-Apr-16 19:56:52

We have a key meter, we usually top-up £150 a month!

Oooblimey Sun 03-Apr-16 20:08:27

Cheers fluffy I'll have a lurk!

ShadowsCollideIsSurroundedByAd Sun 03-Apr-16 20:09:02

About €60 - €80 a month for electricity (in Ireland). For our hob we have canister butane (which I loathe), a canister is about €30, which lasts maybe 4 months, depending on how much we use the hob.

Heating and hot water is mains gas, works out at around €240 a month.

Other than rent, gas is our biggest monthly expense. If we're cold we tend to layer on sweaters and wrap up in blankets, we put on the heating as little as possible, and it still costs a bloody fortune!

SiencynArsecandle Sun 03-Apr-16 20:16:35

4 bed detached, built of old stone. Carer to disabled H so home all day plus 2 teenage DC. Pay £110 per month electric, use bottled gas for cooking, about 3 bottles a year (£150). Heating is oil though, that works out at about £60 a month. Looking to move soon!

whats4teamum Sun 03-Apr-16 20:22:48

UK 6 bed Edwardian house. Single glazed, heating on 24/7 and tumble dryer used. Computers a lot of them.

NickyEds Sun 03-Apr-16 20:38:41

£120 per month for both gas and electric. Pretty big 3 bed house and I'm a SAHM so we're in quite a lot. Washer and dryer are on at least once a day though and we keep the house quite warm.

bloodyteenagers Sun 03-Apr-16 21:05:25

£876 a year, prepay edf for both.
3 bed maisonette. Terrible Windows that won't close properly.
Drier on a lot. Fish tank. PS3 and 4 on for hours. Plus the usual pcs, laptops, mobiles, handhelds, sky etc, mobiles etc.
Will be cheaper as well from this month,

dementedma Sun 03-Apr-16 21:13:56

Why heating on 24/7? It's not that cold in the UK.
I'm in Scotland and never have the heating on over night or before 7.30am

maisiewaysie Thu 23-Jun-16 23:47:19

Does anyone have any recommendations as to which Energy supplier is reliable and reasonably priced. As I'll be moving into a 2 bed flat with my son very soon and have spent ages checking but still don't have a clue. Oh electricity only. Thanks

KamMum Fri 24-Jun-16 01:08:31

Around £80 a month for a one bed which uses only electric. I am on prepayment metre - seems i am being bloody ripped off!

beetroot2 Fri 24-Jun-16 01:26:08

Far too much! I have a 1 bed and pay almost £100 a month. Its disgusting.

Daviemgzr Mon 16-Apr-18 18:51:31

Hi i taking daily readings and today I have paid £5.50 combined, small 2 bed semi, gas heating, duel fuel oven. Expensive?

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Whatdoesitmatteranyway Tue 16-Apr-19 11:29:20

OIur combined gas and electricity is between £200 and £250 a month.

But we do have a koi pond and a hot tub

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