Energy monitor recommendation

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  1. =adrian=

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    I just received my quarterly gas and electricity bill and I am shocked. According to it, we have used more than double gas than the same period last year.

    Last year we've used 1785 kWh, this year 3719 kWh for the same period of 3 months (may - august). With this being quite a warm period and us not used any heating at all. I struggle to understand how we could use so much more.

    I've already called my provider (Scottish Power) and not a very nice person on the other end, basically told me that this is how much we've used and to pay up.

    The only 2 things that use gas at home is boiler (hot water + heating) and cooker.

    Therefore, I am considering installing one of the energy monitors to see what is using so much gas. One thing though is that both of my meters are outside of the property (next to the front entrance in separate boxes on the front wall) and therefore I have no power supply anywhere near. Is there anything I can do to see what uses so much power/gas?
     
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    I am yet to see a gas monitor. Leccy ones are fairly common.
     
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    Don't forget we had one of the coldest wettest springs from many many years. I had the same problem at work, we spent nearly double what we did last year on heating because it was still needed well into May
     
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    If this is a summer bill what's your winter one going to be like! The way things are going we'll all be to scared to use any gas or electric.
     
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    Hmm but more than double? 2000 kWh more? I honestly can't believe that.

    There must be something else as well.

    Me and my missus are both baffled and trying to understand where we have used so much more and both of us can't think of a single thing.

    The electricity on the other hand is almost exactly the same as last year in the same period. So it is just gas, that is the problem here.
     
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    Well, the bill stands for £300. This is what we usually pay in winter months for 3 months of G&E usage (summer it's usually around half, so around £150). I am honestly scared to see a winter bill later this year! £500?!

    That's one of the reasons I'm thinking about the energy monitor. I want to get to the root of it before the winter months.
     
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    I can't really fathom how a monitor will help if you only have two appliances connected? Surely it's easy enough to see what the meter is doing when one or the other is running? The manuals for your appliances should give an indication of their consumption, so if they're both showing as consuming more it could be a faulty meter.

    First things first, take a meter reading & make sure it's in the same ball park as theirs. Wouldn't be the first time a meter has been misread. If it does seem correct then the difference between their reading & yours will give your consumption in that period. You can use that as a guide as to what you are using more now.

    Another thing to check is whether previous bills have been based on actual meter readings or estimates. It could be that you've been building up a deficit each quarter until an actual reading caught up.
     
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    Last couple have been brutal on the older community, cant afford to keep the heating on whilst the cold does a lot of damage to them.

    Its a disgrace, they announce record profits one year then put the price up a few months later, what the ****.
     
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    Just checked one of my bills which just happened to be March, bear in mind I only use 7500kwh a year in a 6 bedroom house for central heating and hob (oven is electric). March 2012 636 kwh, March 2013 1136kwh.
     
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    The readings are correct, I checked before calling them.

    The meter might help, because our habits did not change since last year. Everything is set up exactly the same as last year and yet the bill is twice as high.

    It is a good point though. I just checked and my last bill was using estimated reading. So maybe you are right and they only just catching up after the estimated one was too low. It still looks a bit high to me TBH.

    So almost double. Maybe it's just the spring we had. But my bill is from end of april to beginning of August and IIRC June and July were quite nice here.
     
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    Take daily or weekly gas reading to find out how much you are using at the moment.
     
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    May 2012 335kwh. June 2012 189kwh
    May 2013 234kwh. June 2013 190kwh.
     
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    You may have a leak? Turn everything off and check the meter.
     
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    I just had a yearly gas inspection a month ago. Everything is good according to the report.
     
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    I spend all day in elderly people's homes, often in poor areas and they definitely have their heating on no problem all winter.
     

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