A genuinely general thread about bills

Discussion in 'Green Room' started by Graebob, May 29, 2004.

  1. Graebob

    Graebob Generally Random

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    Hello everyone <bows>

    I have a question. My electricity bill has just come through, and its a fookin whopper. We (as in myself and 2 housemates) now owe ~£169 for the period february - april this year.

    Is that a lot? This being our first year managing our own bills, I don't know whether we're paying over the odds or whatever. Currently our house runs 3 desktops, 4 teles (which admittedly dont get used very often), 2 fridges, 2 microwaves and an electric cooker, amongst other smaller random appliances.

    It brings up the question...just how much power can a desktop use?

    Any help would be appreciated :)
     
  2. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    Well mine per 1/4 for a three bedroom Cottage, puter always on, large freezer and fridge always on, hall lights on 20 hours, we have gas heating though.

    I do recharge a lot of batteries. Radio is on 24/7, mmm Tv on about 6 hours per day.


    approx £84.per 1/4 gas half that per 1/4 btw.
    I do use energy saving light bulbs also.

    Maybe the neighbours have hot wired your circuits.

    I know when I was a kid a neighbour ran his supply off the street light outside.
     
  3. Codasmd

    Codasmd Old School XPeriencer

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    I once lived in a house with 3 other people and one month our electric bill was over $800 dollars. That is about 20x what it should have been.

    Turned out the thermostat for the water heater was broken and just kept heating water to boiling point.
    I would look for problems and talk to the landlord if you find a problem.

    We didnt have to pay that huge bill....the owner took on most of it.

    (My desktop is on most of the time and it doesnt use a whole lot of power.
     
  4. Vetrius

    Vetrius Coenfidentialityism

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    desktops dont use that much... but i dont what your rate is/currency exchange, etc... It does sound a little high though... perhaps you should look for crossed wires, broken appliances, electricity rates on appliances?
     
  5. Abbadon2001

    Abbadon2001 OSNN Addict

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    if your using an electric cooker then yes that doesnt sound too huge - my house runs 2 desktops on most ofthe time, our server on 24/7, a laptop thats on most of the time, my stereo on 24/7 almost, and a big tv which is on bout 12hrs a day (my housemate is a tv addict). we have a gas cooker and hot water heated by gas. our quaterly bills for thuis year have been about £90 ish. so yours including electric cooker (and possible electric hot water if your house has no gas?) doesnt sound too bad as cookers tend to use quite alot and u have an extra fridge also and a microwave which we havnt bothered this year.
     
  6. Evil Marge

    Evil Marge I Rule Political User

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    Yeah most of that will be from the electric cooker.Theres 4 people in here and my bills don't come anywhere near that.
    Mind you my gas bills are huge and I don't really use the fire or radiators that much as I have a mobile calor gas fire so god knows what I'm being charged for :eek:
     
  7. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    Interesting, gas boiler comes on 8.pm. for two hours for hot water everyday of the week. Radiators we have on during winter, slow simmer, only 4 times this past month have we had radiators on.

    Currently the bill is about 15 a month for gas (summer conditions) 25 during cold snaps and winter per month. We got a gas fire also.

    Suprised why you have such high bills Margee and prefer to use a calor gas heater which in real terms must cost a lot more to refill.
     
  8. Evil Marge

    Evil Marge I Rule Political User

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    I've just had a new boiler put in that gives you hot water on demand with no need to out it on timer each day and new economy radiators that have a heat setting on so hopefully the bill should be lower this year.
    I have the mobile fire cause the radiators make me feel ill and there's no other heating in this room.Costs me £10 a bottle and it lasts about 6-7 weeks.
     
  9. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    Maybe you feel a bit icky from the build up of co2. I get that headache feeling too from the fire.
    Just open a small window, air brick i think not big enough.