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Electricity bill confusion

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layla888 Wed 27-May-15 17:14:19

I'm so confused. We moved house 6 months ago to the same size flat as we were living in before etc yet our electric bills are coming in £30 more each month then before? We're doing nothing different has anyone got any ideas why?

PigletJohn Wed 27-May-15 18:26:19

Have you got a record of the actual (not estimated) meter readings, starting with the day you moved in? Have you provided meter readings to your supplier?

Do the bills show Actual meter readings?

Are you paying a regular monthly amount, calculated as one-twelfth of your estimated annual usage? Is the estimate realistic?

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 27-May-15 19:29:06

Is your water heater powered by electric? is it set to 70c not 60? is it programmed to come on during the day?

Its incredibly expensive to heat water using electric.

evertonmint Sun 31-May-15 10:15:40

Are you on a different tariff so just paying more per kWh rather than your usage having changed?

specialsubject Mon 01-Jun-15 10:41:26

what is your unit charge?
what is your standing charge?

Fluffy40 Mon 01-Jun-15 10:51:09

Take a reading today and one in seven days.

You now have a weeks usage. This should be enough to check the maths.

layla888 Mon 01-Jun-15 11:11:46

Thanks I am on the same tariff etc and same.size flat so it doesn't make sense but we are doing a weeks monitoring thanks for the help x

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 01-Jun-15 13:17:06

If the tariff hasn't changed and your lifestyle hasn't changed eg ft work to sahm then either the company have got the bill wrong or the appliances you've inherited draw more power.

wonkylegs Mon 01-Jun-15 13:32:50

It may be the same size but I'm guessing it's not identical to the last one. Do you have more lights, smaller windows so rooms are darker and you put the lights on more or have different types of bulbs (incandescent bulbs use approx 6 x that of a cfl and even more for a led)
Are the appliances all the same or do you have different ones - the most efficient fridge/freezer consumes more than half that of a less efficient one.
Do you now have an electric oven when you had a gas one before? Water-heater?
Monitor usage weekly and you will get a better idea if the the flat is more inefficient or there is a mistake with your bill.

PigletJohn Mon 01-Jun-15 13:32:54

Or else we are looking at a monthly payment calculated from estimates.

We need to know the metered usage to compare it to the payments.

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