It is cold here this morning and it got me thinking (dangerous I know), I quite often go on moneysavingexpert site, often discussions about people's spending result in people saying "oh you pay too much for gas/elect". I know house size etc impacts on this but I wondered if living in the cold barren north like me has a huge effect, so to satisfy my curiousity. Would anyone care to share, size, rough location and bill. Me - central Scotland, 4 bed, £150 per month, heating only on a few hours a days.
well I've been shocked by the size of my bill. 4 bed (detached so all outside walls), £175 per month! Near London so supposed to be warmer. Mine is set to auto so it kicks in at 20, I tried 19 but I was cold and I'm here all day.
4 Bed Detached house in the South heating set at 18 on for 3 hours in the morning and 6 in the evening. Boiler so old I can't bring myself to write it down. Gas and electric on smart meters so only pay for what I use each month £80 in summer and £120 in winter.
South East. 2 bed flat £92 per month for gas and electric. Heating on for an hour in the morning and evening and everyone has slankets. We just had a new roof, and new insulation so I'm hoping for a hefty credit when they next read the meter
Scotland - dd just went up to £125 a month from £97. 4 bed detached, heating on a timer from 6-10am and 5-10pm - also have a thermostat set around 19/20 degrees so the heating will click on and off as required to maintain that temperature. Have just had cavity wall/loft insulation done so hope that helps
Scottish Borders, 4-bedroom solid-walled historic conversion. Electricity DD = £85 per month. No idea what costs so much. We were spending an average of £350 a month on heating oil as well (off gas mains), although have recently converted to biomass. Heating is on constantly - if it isn't we just lose heat from the building and have to start from scratch again. 16.5 is our 'base' temp.
I think being in the frozen North makes a huge difference. We moved from London and rarely had the central heating on before November there. We've had it on since September here.
NW - large 3 bed semi. £100 for both. Didn't have heating on at all until late October / November. Never have it on in a morning until the depths of winter, and then for 1-2 hours in the evening depending how cold it is. Use a gas fire in the lounge in the evenings after the heating goes off.
SE large semi with 2 people..... £100/month for gas/electric together. Work from home, heating is on from 7am until 10pm, all the usual appliances get used and the thermostat is set to 18C.
The outside temperature is not as big an issue as the ability of your house to retain the heat. Before I had things like loft-insulation and double-glazing installed, my bills for the same house were horrendous because it did not heat up quickly or retain heat for long.
We're in central Scotland too, right on the east coast. Detached, 4+1 beds. Really old house which we've spent 5 years trying to renovate despite it's best efforts, high ceilings, 6 chimneys, draughty floors (I always wondered why the lady before us covered up the beautiful old floorboards - now I know) basement which is bloody freezing (not usable for living), really, REALLY old boiler which we know is falling apart at the seams, leaks everywhere in the system and no thermostat. Heating's on a few hours a day and our direct debit today has gone up to £450 a MONTH for gas and electric. Yes, you read that right. I am fuming, and terrified. We actually cannot afford that but we also can't afford a new heating system :-( I would love to go and build an eco-house.
@Gingerstuff.... have you inquired with the Energy Saving Trust about getting your home better insulated or if there are any grants available towards the new boiler? There's also a company called 'A Shade Greener' who are installing solar panels for free. Realise you're probably mortgaged to the hilt but an extra loan for a new boiler has to make sense if you're looking at £5,400 gas/electric bill.
NE England - 3 bed semi det bungalow. We have cavity wall and loft insulation. Boiler is 6 years old but was a decent one when bought.
We pay £80 for both (about £40 for each)
I'm at home most of the day and refuse to do a cold house! Heating comes on for an hour and a half in the morning, and intermittently for half hour periods during the day. We don't use it in the evening however. We go to our bedroom at 7pm after DDs have gone to bed and watch TV/MN under the duvet because DH has to be up at 4am and I like to go to bed with him.
east scotland, 2 bed flat and £69 for gas/elec and we use ours indiscriminately, telly/lights/irons left on, washing machine and tumble drier used constantly, heating on full etc. Mum lives a few doors down in a 4 bed house, has same supplier and is about £150 a month for both, and her house is always freezing because she cant afford to put the heating on and uses her elec/gas really frugally.