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Cost of Energy

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Cost of Energy

We are paying around £1400 a year for our Gas & Electricity from the same company (internet account)on direct debit. Fixed tariff.
It's a 3 bedroomed house with the usual insulation. Is this an average amount to be paying ?
Being pensioners we are in all day and we keep the heating on 7.30am to 11pm.
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nadger
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Re: Cost of Energy

Looks a little high to me as we are also pensioners in 3 bed semi.
We are with E-On on dual fuel Age UK tariff. Fixed price until June 2013.
VileReynard
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Re: Cost of Energy

We are currently paying £1150, similar circumstances to you, but don't (currently) switch it on before 2pm.
Since it's EON, it will be going up shortly - I believe they do one in the region of £1200 if there is at least one pensioner in the house.

Razer
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Re: Cost of Energy

You might want to look into Ebico; they have no standing charges.
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We pay around £500 a year for electricity (no gas), £300 per year for coal. The wind in October bought down two trees (4ft diameter), gives us enough logs for a couple of winters (after we bought the coal, multi fuel stove in lounge and office). Biggest expense is heating oil (hot water, central heating and cooking) we’ve recently filled our oil tank, took an additional 2000 litres at 60p per litre (£1200), should last us a year. We live in an old detached house. The lofts are well insulated, the walls, although thick (3ft at the base) are not.
The rent from Rolls Royce who could utilise our hall as a wind tunnel would come in very handy!
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Re: Cost of Energy

The last time I checked E.on were the best on price.  Also if the temperature drops to 0º they give you a credit.  From memory i think last winter I got something in the region of £40.
VileReynard
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Re: Cost of Energy

Is that just for the OAP's?

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Re: Cost of Energy

Yes it is arranged by Age (was Age Concern).
tinto
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Re: Cost of Energy

We live in a three bed mid terrace house and we've been on an internet account with First Utility for both electricity and gas for the past couple of years.  After checking  on some comparison sites again last month they're still the best for us this year .  You send them your meter readings each month, and you pay for the fuel you've used.  The house is reasonably well insulated, and the heating is normally not needed between Easter and October, though we'll switch it on if it feels chilly, the rest of the year it's on from around 9am. till 10.30pm.  Our combined fuel bill for the last twelve months totals £1019.29, and they also run a rebate scheme which repaid us around £130 last Easter.
The only proviso is that we have a warm air heating system as opposed to radiators, but you might want to ask them for a quote.
itsme
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Until a month ago was with First Utility for 3 years. Would not recommend them. Had to use the energy ombudsman who agreed that I was being billed wrong and was awarded compensation by default as First Utility ignored the questions raised by the ombudsman.
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It seems there is no one company that is good for everyone.  I've had no problem with E.on but I know others that have had.
nadger
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One thing I like about E.On is the was that they refund credit at end of account year - in April they put £160 into my bank without being asked.
They recently dropped our monthly payments to £60 per month as too much in credit.
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It's hard to imagine any utility company doing that without someone holding a gun to their head.
That's a definite plus point in their favour.
Razer
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Re: Cost of Energy

I should imagine they're happy to do so, given they've already made the interest on your money.
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They are legally obliged to do so..
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