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EDF PREPAID METER (KEY) £10 A DAY : How is this possible ? Anyone else ?!

Rosiexxx
Rosiexxx Community member Posts: 1 Listener
edited December 2022 in Cost of living
We are only putting'on the central heating about an hour a day.  Electric heater about a another 2 or 3 hours.  Tv all day but the meter is using about 10 pounds a DAY. Is anyone else experiencing this, we will be ruined if this goes in the heatingnallowances only last about a week.  Please let me know if this is a malfunction, we used to use about £10 a WEEK!
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 52,169 Disability Gamechanger
    The heating would be your gas, the rest you mention is electric. If you're talking about electric with an electric heater and a prepayment meter then yes, that could be correct.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
    edited December 2022
    The heating would be your gas, ..
    The central heating could be electric too.
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 52,169 Disability Gamechanger
    calcotti said:
    The heating would be your gas, ..
    The central heating could be electric too.

    Of course it can be, don't know where my head is this morning but it's likely been left in bed. :D   Thanks calcotti.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
    edited December 2022
    Rosiexxx said:
    We are only putting'on the central heating about an hour a day.  Electric heater about a another 2 or 3 hours.  Tv all day but the meter is using about 10 pounds a DAY. Is anyone else experiencing this, we will be ruined if this goes in the heatingnallowances only last about a week.  Please let me know if this is a malfunction, we used to use about £10 a WEEK!
    What fuels your central heating? When you say £10/week is this an average over the year or what you were using in very cold periods of previous winters? How many KW does your electric heater use?

    If a KWh is priced at 34p/hour a 3KW electric heater will cost you £1 for every hour it is on.

    To assess whether there might be a fault you would need to look at older bills to see what your consumption was during the winter months and compare it with what you are using now and see whether the increased consumption looks reasonable due to extra heating during the very cold spell we have just experienced. Given the jump in prices even if you were using the same amount it would cost be much more.

    Hopefully, if you are in a part of the country that is expected to get much milder this week you will be able to reduce your consumption and therefore the cost will drop.
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  • Puja
    Puja Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 104 Courageous
    Also this service by scope exists too to help disabled people like us, its free too.
    https://www.scope.org.uk/disability-energy-support/
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,284 Disability Gamechanger
    My daughters combined gas and electric bill last month was £400 for the month in a 2 bedroom house, it really is getting quite silly now.
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  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Campaigns Posts: 12,487 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @Rosiexxx :) 

    You're certainly not the only one who's concerned about the rising cost of living, especially energy bills. I know that doesn't solve your problem, but I hope that it helps you to feel less alone.

    Were you moved to a prepayment meter by your energy company? 

    As Puja has pointed out, we have a Disability Energy Support service, which you might find helpful to access. We also have some information on our website about getting help with your energy bills
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  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Community member Posts: 2,555 Disability Gamechanger
    calcotti said:


    If a KWh is priced at 34p/hour a 3KW electric heater will cost you £1 for every hour it is on.
    While that's technically true, it's a bit misleading as most heaters will be on a thermostat. 

    I calculated my 2Kw convector to only use about half an hour of electric when left switched on for over 2 hours.  (1kWh instead of the expected 4kWh).


    I'd also question whether the OP has electric water heating.  That's my biggest electrical consumer in an all electric property.  I spend far more on heating water than heating rooms, cooking or laundry!
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
    calcotti said:


    If a KWh is priced at 34p/hour a 3KW electric heater will cost you £1 for every hour it is on.
    While that's technically true, it's a bit misleading as most heaters will be on a thermostat. 
    That is true but simply means that for the heater to be on and heating for an hour may mean that the heater is switched on for over an hour. I took OP’s post to mean the heater is heating for 2 to 3 hours.
    Regardless,  the general point is that fuel is expensive and in the very cold spell anybody in a poorly insulated property will have had to make their heating work hard to remain comfortable. Quite possible to spend £10/day.

    Hopefully the pressure will ease off this week.
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