Since the rates went up end of July have you experienced a considerably bigger bill? We've just had an electricity bill for 18th July to 12 November of £248. Now, the way our flat is set up, we're really one half of a biiiig flat that covers the ground floor of a Victorian house and we're lodging in one half of it while the landlord has the other half. However, we have our own front door, bathroom, kitchen, etc, and it's considered a seperate flat in all but the bills which we split 50/50 with her.
However, she's more than a bit out of touch. She's been out of the country for 2 years and got back a few months ago and she just told me we needed to talk about the electricity bills because £248 was way too much. I told her that it was in line with what we expected for a) this time of year and b) the price rises. She said, "What price rises?".
I actually emailed her all the Money Saving Expert advice about capping your utility bills NOW NOW NOW way back in July when the price rises were about to hit. She didn't bother.
So I've gone through all my old scans of the bills from when she wasn't here (and was renting her half out to someone else) and checked the units as opposed to the actual costs and taking into account seasonal fluctuations we're maybe using 100-200 units more per quarter than we were 2 years ago, but nothing to warrant being told we're using way too much. At least, not in my opinion.
But it got me wondering how much everyone else is paying and what the big hogs are. Maybe we really are using way too much. Presumably a 37" LCD and a 360 use a shit load? My 24" iMac is on 24/7 but in Energy Saving sleep mode for between 50% and 80% of the day.
We're with EDF by the way. Looking forward to her reaction to the gas bill...
EDIT: I've also just noticed that 18 July to 12 Nov is more than one quarter, too, which would account for the higher price this time, and also that this is the first bill in a while with an actual reading as opposed to estimate, which may also bump it up.