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To think £250 on gas and electric is far too much?

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Curiousmum69 Thu 21-Feb-19 20:19:16

I'm currently paying £250 a month for gas and electricity on a 4 bed semi detached pretty standard house. Aibu to think this is crazy high.

What are others paying and how can I reduce this

lucylockett27 Thu 21-Feb-19 20:20:49

I pay that in 3 bed semi. Older property with high ceilings and I like it hot!

Bunnybigears Thu 21-Feb-19 20:21:31

Are you paying off a debt?
Is this based on actual meter readings?
When is the last time you checked/changed your tariff?
Do you have any underfloor heating? Or a hot tub?

Stressedout10 Thu 21-Feb-19 20:22:27

3 bed and terrace in Scotland £59 per month what are you doing confused

Curiousmum69 Thu 21-Feb-19 20:23:10

Not paying any debt.

No underfloor heating, or hot tub.

We rarely have the heating on.

That is based on latest meter reading!

Bunnybigears Thu 21-Feb-19 20:23:31

Oh I forgot as well...
Do you have cavity wall insulation?
What's your loft insulation like?
What temp do you wash at?
Do you use a tumble drier?
How do you heat your house gas or electricity? What temp do you get the home to?

Curiousmum69 Thu 21-Feb-19 20:23:42

Last changed rate of about 18 months ago

SoyDora Thu 21-Feb-19 20:23:46

We pay £130 a month in a large 4 bed detached property, DH works from home so heating on all day, 3 young DC including a newborn so washing machine/tumble dryer on constantly... £250 seems absolutely insane.

Bunnybigears Thu 21-Feb-19 20:24:20

Was the meter reading correct when you moved in?
Is it a dial meter or digital display meter?

Curiousmum69 Thu 21-Feb-19 20:25:55

Yes cavity wall.
Loft was done/ improved just before winter.
New combi boiler this year.
I generally wash at 30°c but do use the tumble dryer a lot.
Gas combi boiler.. with hive on eco... So usually 21

dementedpixie Thu 21-Feb-19 20:26:11

Yes it's a lot. Is that based on actual readings? What sort of tariff? Have you taken your usage and done a price comparison?

Lazypuppy Thu 21-Feb-19 20:26:14

I pay £45 a month for both,
big 2 bed house, 2 adults and baby

KirstyJC Thu 21-Feb-19 20:26:23

Are you getting actual meter readings or are they estimated? That seems very high - we pay about 100 for gas and electricity for a 4 bed house. We have good insulation too.

jocktamsonsbairn Thu 21-Feb-19 20:26:23

I'm £93 a month in a big 3 bedroom where kids leave doors etc open all the time right next to thermostat sending the heating soaring!! I'm due a refund of approx £300.

Curiousmum69 Thu 21-Feb-19 20:27:02

We have lived here 10 years.

So it's not an incorrect meter reading.

anniehm Thu 21-Feb-19 20:27:05

I pay £125 for s 5 bed old draughty detached!

Decormad38 Thu 21-Feb-19 20:27:29

4 bedroom semi 1920s house £97 month with Ovo

TalkinPeece Thu 21-Feb-19 20:27:35

Do you have TRVs
Do you have cavity wall insulation
Do you have loft insulation
Do you have floor insulation
Do you have double glazing
What does the thermometer in your house (NOT the thermostat) read at 7pm
Is your hot water tank insulated
Do you turn everything off at the wall at night

SoyDora Thu 21-Feb-19 20:27:35

Oh and our boiler is 25 years old! I really can’t see how yours is so expensive

museumum Thu 21-Feb-19 20:27:46

£110 here. I wfh but we don’t have a dryer.
Why not put your numbers into uswitch?

dementedpixie Thu 21-Feb-19 20:28:27

What is your annual usage? It should tell you on a bill. You can then use that for a price comparison

Random18 Thu 21-Feb-19 20:28:38

We are 4 bed detached. We have cavity wall insulation and hive. We have the heating on a lot as there is often someone home.
I’m terrible for leaving lights on.
Ours is less than half that amount

icansingaskittlesrainbow Thu 21-Feb-19 20:28:40

We pay £180 a month in winter and £130 a month in summer. Means it averages out at £150 a month.
That’s a 4 bed detached, 2 preschoolers and hearing on lots as at least 1 person is always at home.
Plus 5 loads of washing and tumble drying a week.
I have the highest gas and electric bills out of all of my friends so I’m shocked yours is higher.

IgnoranceIsStrength Thu 21-Feb-19 20:29:04

£97 for 4 bed detached here. We do keep it colder than yours but I can't see how we could get close to spending that much...

ilovecardigans Thu 21-Feb-19 20:29:05

£88 per month. 3 bed detached house, built in the 90s with GCH, gas hob & electric oven. On a fixed rate tariff with Engie, who I cannot fault for customer service.

Cavity wall insulation and increasing the amount of loft insulation made a big difference to our bills.

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