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Electric- we used 70 units in 24 hours

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MinimalistMommi Mon 21-Oct-13 09:41:40

Is that loads?! Or OK? I have no clue.
We were out for a lot of the day.
Made sure lights were switched off when not in use.
Did a 30 min wash at 30 degrees and then an extra spin to get more water out.
Used a sandwich toaster in evening and put the oven on for 30 mins to make apple crumble.
Watched TV in evening.
The children had small shallow bath.
Me and DH both showered.

Queen0fFuckingEverything Mon 21-Oct-13 09:48:47

That sounds outrageously high. I assume by units you mean kwh? For comparison, I live in a 9 bedroom farmhouse, with a welding workshop and electric kiln in the barn and we use an average of 17.7kwh a day.

MinimalistMommi Mon 21-Oct-13 09:57:52

Sorry, I don't know what I'm talking about, under the numbers I looked at it said KWH.

MinimalistMommi Mon 21-Oct-13 09:59:12

So yesterday at 8am it read:

This morning at 8am it read:

MinimalistMommi Mon 21-Oct-13 10:00:21

Now I'm in a panic!

Queen0fFuckingEverything Mon 21-Oct-13 10:04:59

You need to do that thing where you turn absolutely EVERYTHING off (fridge, cooker, the lot) and then turn them back on one by one while someone watches the meter. See if it stops going round when everything is off - if not, you might have had your supply tapped.

Are your bills usually really high? Your bill should show you the average kwh use per day (ours does, at the bottom).

MinimalistMommi Mon 21-Oct-13 10:11:49

Right queen I'm going upstairs to find paperwork, thank you for helping me...

MinimalistMommi Mon 21-Oct-13 10:18:50

Just found the southern electric paperwork (the last one I can see if from July, my DH usually does the paperwork so I'm assuming it comes each quarter) They actually owed us money as it was the summer time I guess, our budget payment is £35.00 per month which seems OK to me? Can't see anywhere on statement where it says average kWh unfortunately. sad The bill was on actual readings not estimated btw.

MinimalistMommi Mon 21-Oct-13 10:19:17

We have gas too btw, with southern electric again.

circlebeginning Mon 21-Oct-13 10:26:11

There may be something switched on you don't know about. My parents had a massive bill after workmen accidentally turned on a disused boiler in the attic.

Queen0fFuckingEverything Mon 21-Oct-13 10:27:43

Are you definitely reading the meter correctly? You can work out the average khw/day yourself anyway by dividing the total kwh used (it'll definitely say that on the bill) by the number of days it was for.

If it still seems off I'd ring them and ask them to send someone to check the meter. They are meant to send a meter reader once every 12 months anyway to check your meter so if its not been done recently it needs doing anyway.

Queen0fFuckingEverything Mon 21-Oct-13 10:28:23

But try turning everything (I really mean everything ) off and seeing what the meter does first.

Janek Mon 21-Oct-13 10:31:10

As far as i know, a meter reading should only be five digits. Yours seem to be six, so i wonder if you've missed the decimal point. Could the readings be
So you've used 7 units in 24 hours, which is fine, particularly if you've used a sandwich toaster for the whole family.

What kind of meter is it? If it's a dial one, the last dial (the tenths) may look different in some way.

Janek Mon 21-Oct-13 10:34:00

meter i'm sure i'm right - the red number is tenths of units, likewise the red dial

And yes, units are kilowatt hours (kwh) for electricity.

GideonKipper Mon 21-Oct-13 10:34:08

Yes, our digit on the right is red compared to the others which are white (and are used for the reading). I think janek may be on to something.

Charlesroi Mon 21-Oct-13 10:35:15

Sounds like a lot to me. On our rate 70 units costs about £9 and that's what we would expect to spend in a week
Our hot water and heating is from a gas combi boiler
We have an electric cooker, oven on about three times a week. We use the washing machine about 3-4 times a week.
I agree with Queen - turn everything off and check the meter stops moving.

MinimalistMommi Mon 21-Oct-13 10:37:09

janek I missed the comma blush
The last digit is in red and the first five digits are in white blush
Does this mean I can stop panicking?!

Thank you Queen thanks too for helping me with this! I truly have no clue but want to start saving money anyway we can.

Charlesroi Mon 21-Oct-13 10:40:47

Yep the red is 10ths of a unit - panic over grin

Lottie4 Mon 21-Oct-13 10:45:34

We use 7 units a day on average, so as Janek says perhaps you've misread the dials. Pouring with rain here, so not going out to check(!), but I think our last dial is red to. Our lasts dial is always moving around, as there's always something in use or on standby. I think the only way you could use 70 units is if you have night storage heaters or electric heaters in constant use.

7 units for us with SSE works out about £35 a month. The 7 units cover all lighting, tropical fish tank constantly on, 3 electric showers a day, computer on about 8 hours a day for homework, husband studying, working from home, electric cooker and occasional use of electric fire, tv, toaster, mobile phones charging etc etc, so I think we are quite heavy electric users compared to families who have a bath or use a gas and electric cooker.

MinimalistMommi Mon 21-Oct-13 10:47:53

Thank goodness for that! blush I guess I'm learning all the time LOL even at 34 blush
I'm going to keep a daily eye on it now as some days we use tumble dryer etc.

specialsubject Mon 21-Oct-13 12:47:30

phew. Thought it must be this, I also use 7 units a day for similar things that you listed so happy it is a decimal point error!

MinimalistMommi Mon 21-Oct-13 12:55:31

special I'm glad it is only 7, I want to figure out how to get it down a little bit more too...hmm

Janek Mon 21-Oct-13 13:13:47

Could you turn the thermostat on your boiler down? If you put cold water into the bath after the hot, it would make more sense not to make the water so hot in the first place. When you shower, just turn the shower up 'hotter' (ie less cold in the mix) to make up for it. If you are heating water with electricity it is like having a massive kettle on for hours, and we all know how much electricity the kettle uses!

Also, do you all bath/shower every day? If not, why not only heat water on the days you are planning on bathing? Or heat less/for less time on the days you don't bath the children if you shower every day (i don't...). You can boil a kettle for washing up if you've no hot water.

MinimalistMommi Mon 21-Oct-13 13:22:17

janek I'm going to look at turning the thermostat down because we do add cold water to the bath once it has been run.

Because we have a combi I don't think I can choose when the hot water is on? Or have I got that totally wrong? blush

Janek Mon 21-Oct-13 13:44:39

I may have misunderstood - i thought you meant you heated water using electricity, but a combi boiler is gas, i presume, and instant hot water, i presume, so you only heat what you need, which is a good thing. On our boiler there is a dial to 'control' the temperature water gets heated to (or possibly by how much it's heated as we seem to need it on higher in the winter iyswim).

So yes, you 'choose' when the hot water is on, by turning the tap on!

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