How can I book to get a smart meter fitted into my property? My bills are very high also, I would like someone to speak to.
Best answer by woz
this is a lot clearer now, you shouldn’t be entering readings from the in home display, you should get some readings from the actual meter. I assumed you meant your payment was £100 not what you’d been charged for (sorry I misunderstood).
That said your readings are probably near enough to assume that the charges aren’t too far out.
Your thinking on the storage heaters is incorrect (sorry to be blunt), Once switched off they will give out the heat stored from the one last time they were connected, and then remain cold after that if switched off. If they remain off they won’t consume energy, they are very power hungry (see below) and probably responsible for a lot of your consumption. Also although good for background they aren’t great for putting heat where you want it when you want it. A local convector heater with thermostat which you can switch on and off would be better, and although overall you wont be as warm you can use the heat more locally. That will save you lots compared to the storage heaters.
I hate to say this but with night storage heaters on a timer and economy 7, PP probably wasn’t the best choice for you financially, a tariff with a cheaper night rate may have been better. I’m speaking from first hand experience as my neighbour has storage heaters, but I am also generalising as it depends on lots of factors. (what they are set to, how many, size of property etc)
I don’t know the details of your original quote (how many kWh you were quoted for but your payments seem low for your circumstances. Can you say how you decided (or it was decided) on what your annual consumption was when you switched and have you any older bills covering a whole year you can use to see if the figure is reasonable?
If you’re paying £56 a month in winter that puts your annual at around £560. I would need to know your geographic area to work out the exact kWh (I have the tariff figure and it varies according to area), but taking a mid price I calculated it at around 3200kWk a year on the July 2020 tariff
A small to medium single storage heater running for one night can easily consume 15kW -20kW, (they come in lots of sizes so I’m guessing) so at the lowest figure each heater could be responsible for say 450kW a month times the number of heaters. That’s the maths.