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Are my bills to much?

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miaboo Thu 27-Sep-12 09:50:08

My water bill is £51.00 with severn trent and my gas and electric is £130 per month with n power
Theres me, Dh and my 3 children who are 5,2 and 5 weeks in my house so is this to much to pay do you think?

lljkk Thu 27-Sep-12 10:36:09

I think 1300/yr is household UK average for gas+elec, you're not far over, but then you're home with young children most the day, I suppose.

I think your water bill sounds about average, too.

CogitoErgoSometimes Thu 27-Sep-12 10:37:57

Your water bill sounds very high to me. There are only two of us but I pay under £20/month with Veolia. Are you on a meter? The gas/electric sounds like mine before we had double-glazing and loft insulation installed.

lljkk Thu 27-Sep-12 18:02:14

Ooh, hard numbers, more like £400/yr is typical for water bills. So £51/month would be quite high.

Fairylea Thu 27-Sep-12 18:04:07

Our electric is 100 with southern electric and our water is 60.

There's me dh dd aged 9 and ds 4 months.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 27-Sep-12 19:22:51


Rattitude Thu 27-Sep-12 19:25:35

There is a water consumption calculator on the BBC website. Based on the results, you can then decide whether you might be better off with a water meter.

Shakey1500 Thu 27-Sep-12 19:29:04

Our water is £40 per month but we will be in credit by about £100 at the end of our year, we're on a water meter.

Gas and electric combined is average £50 per month, the best rate we've ever had. There is me, Dh and Ds.

YokoUhOh Thu 27-Sep-12 19:36:46

I have a huge bath which I fill quite regularly and my water bill has just been reduced to £19 a month. I've come off fixed direct debit for leccy/gas as I had a massive (£300) credit on my account. Definitely worth phoning your utilities company and negotiating them down.

PickledFanjoCat Thu 27-Sep-12 19:37:57

Water seems high. I wasnt far off that for utilities in a 2 bed flat with just me ds a d dp.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 27-Sep-12 19:39:20

Your water is high, but utilities look about right.

WiseKneeHair Thu 27-Sep-12 19:40:28

I'm with the same companies as you miaboo and pay similar amounts.
There are five of us also.
In fact, are you me? grin
Water is £41 a month, so z bit lower (on a water metre).
Gas/ electric is £141, so a bit more.

Fizzylemonade Fri 28-Sep-12 16:53:52

I am SAHM so am in during the day, our gas and elec is £120pm for 4 bed house, me DH and the DCs who are 9 and 6.

Our water bill is about £27pm we are on a meter. I use the washing machine at least once a day and run a dishwasher.

I love my water meter, I pay for what I use.

3nationsfamily Fri 28-Sep-12 17:00:48

Shop around for your gas and electric using or similar comparison site.

LadyKooKoo Fri 28-Sep-12 20:41:59

I am with Severn Trent, not on a metre and pay £21 a month (3 bed house).

miaboo Mon 01-Oct-12 11:36:05

Hi, water seems to be the one to look at then!
How excatly does a water meter work, do you still have a direct debit or do you get bills to pay (meaning do I have to put x amount of money away every month to prepare for the bill coming)

toddlerama Mon 01-Oct-12 11:42:34

I pay the same with the dame family set up. We are on a water meter. I do like showers quite a lot though...

ByTheWay1 Mon 01-Oct-12 11:51:48

I am with Severn Trent - not on a meter - and pay £50 per month in a 3 bed detached (band d) house. If you are paying monthly - remember with Severn trent, you only pay 8 months of the year. So ours is £400 pa.

If you are not on a meter it goes on rateable value from "the olden days" lol..... ours is better without a meter...compared to next door who had one fitted.....

Utilities seem high to me - I am home all day (mostly) and our electric is £67 and gas £31 - that is with the British Gas online tariff.

Frontpaw Mon 01-Oct-12 11:55:00

We pay about that for utilities. Water is less because we looked into getting a met but they couldn't fix one in the flat so put us I allowed tarif. We were paying about £400 a year before (for a 2 bed flat) and this was about double what we paid in our last proper of the same size.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 01-Oct-12 20:45:08

When we were on a meter our water was £10-£13 a month.

Now we are rateable value its £352 a year. Gutted.

There a lots of water savind devices on the water companies websites that you can order for free. I got tap inserts and knocked £5 a quarter off my bill and we have a very water effiecient dishwasher so effectively we only use one bowl of water a day to wash all our dishes etc. Apparently washing by hand 3 times a day uses 60ltrs each time with rinsing and cleaning the sink afterwards.

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