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Electricity gone from £18 to £70 - how??!

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Pengyquin Fri 26-Dec-14 20:16:18

Moved into a new house in October.

First month, monitored gas/electric. Electric bill was £18. Quite happy with that!

Haven't done anything different this month, and just entered my meter readings and the bill is £70!!!

Racking my brains to think what has made the difference. We have had the Christmas lights on, DH installed an outside security light, possibly the dryer has been on a little bit more, we've probably had the kettle on more (visitors etc!) but will that make a difference of another £50?

Any ideas??!!

Pengyquin Fri 26-Dec-14 21:01:07


chanie44 Fri 26-Dec-14 21:34:06

Could it be a problem from when you moved in eg the first month was a part month payment, the company under charged you, the security light is using more energy than you think?

BikeRunSki Fri 26-Dec-14 21:38:54

Maybe £18 was undercharged.

Pengyquin Fri 26-Dec-14 21:41:21

£18 was accurate, in that I provided the initial meter reading when we moved in and then took another meter reading a month later.

I'm wondering if it is simply the security light? Comes on when it's dark, which is obviously 3.30pm ish now and is activated if it senses anything.

gamerchick Fri 26-Dec-14 21:45:05

How big is your house?

I pay 99 quid a month electric for a 4 bed.

gamerchick Fri 26-Dec-14 21:46:21

And yes security lights are not cheap to run. I keep my porch light off for that reason.

RandomMess Fri 26-Dec-14 21:50:30

Does your heating have an electric pump? Also move the sensor on your security light so passing cats etc. don't trigger it.

Sounds like you need an electricity monitor to see what is using it up.

RandomMess Fri 26-Dec-14 21:51:12

You can get security lights that use cheap to run halogen, anything else does eat electricity!

GraysAnalogy Fri 26-Dec-14 21:51:52

£18 a month is ridiculously low IMO, that doesn't sound right.

SoonToBeSix Fri 26-Dec-14 21:52:53

£18 a month cannot have been correct. £70 sounds normal.

bloodyteenagers Fri 26-Dec-14 22:20:38

£18 would not have been correct. Yes
You entered in figures, but the could have still estimated.
Then add in all the extras - Christmas lights, sensor, extra cuppas, drier, boiler (even though
Mine is gas, if power cut we have no heating although that could be the Cowboys we had)

GraysAnalogy Fri 26-Dec-14 22:24:11

When we moved in our apartment we gave them readings, they took readings themselves and we were told to pay £35 a month. Last month it went up to £75 because we hadn't been paying enough. This might be the same scenario? You could ring and check

Pengyquin Fri 26-Dec-14 22:33:32

I'll be honest, I thought £18 was fab! We had been fairly careful the first month we were here, just to get an idea of what it was going to cost.

Electric was £18..gas was £90.

This last month, electric £70 and gas £130.

£70 sounds normal? Really? I would have thought £40 would have been more normal, no?

Pengyquin Fri 26-Dec-14 22:34:55

Sorry, house is a 3 bed semi. 1 bathroom.

We've got 2 small children (as in baby/toddler)

BlackandGold Fri 26-Dec-14 22:54:28

That gas sounds a lot for a 3 bed semi!

Fairylea Fri 26-Dec-14 22:57:04

£18 sounds way too low. I think there's been a mistake with that price. We pay £91 a month, 3 bed semi, dryer on lots and lots of washing etc. Our gas is £41.

GraysAnalogy Fri 26-Dec-14 22:58:39

My mum's is £40 a month and she lives on her own and is good about switching lights off and stuff. For a family in a home £70 is about right I think.

eurochick Fri 26-Dec-14 22:59:35

£18 sounds ridiculously low. We have been paying 70ish for both gas and electric for a three bed semi.

NoArmaniNoPunani Fri 26-Dec-14 23:01:34

We pay £70 per month for a 3 bed semi that's all electric, no gas. So yours seems high for both

GraysAnalogy Fri 26-Dec-14 23:02:18

I just tried to calculate it but didn't have any luck. Did find this website though which is really interesting, made me realise I need to switch things off more!

MerryMo Fri 26-Dec-14 23:05:36

We live in a 3 bed semi and pay £75 a month for each Gas and Electric.

So £150 a month (although just found we have overpaid the gas a bit - but will keep paying it to ensure we get through the winter without owing too much).

I don't think £70 is way off at all for electric.

£18 - seems incredibly low. I think your first month must have a freak month a one off or something, it just does not sound right to me at all. I don't know anyone paying £18 a month for electric. Most people I know in 3 bed houses pay similarish a month to us. I don't think many people pay under £50 a month.

From my experience £70 for electric sounds about normal.

OldLadyKnows Fri 26-Dec-14 23:11:18

Slightly off-topic, but to bloodyteenagers, your heating doesn't work during an electricity cut because although your boiler runs on gas, the system uses electrically-powered pumps to circulate the hot water through your radiators. Nothing to do with your cowboys. smile

Bakeoffcakes Fri 26-Dec-14 23:16:02

£18 is so low, I'm sure you must have misread the meter.

Bunnyjo Fri 26-Dec-14 23:17:22

We pay around £40 per month for electric in summer and £68 in winter. We have no gas. However, we have oil central heating and an open fire and pay £80 per month for oil and an average of £25 per month for coal/logs.

We live in a very large 3 bed detached farmhouse.

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