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mjb71
25-01-2010, 07:58
Hi
My Girlfriend's house has both gas & electric pay as you go metres with British Gas which are costing a fortune. (80 on gas in 3 weeks!).
Anyone know how easy it is to get off this kind on metre?
Cheers

rachey1701
25-01-2010, 08:16
i use to be with british gas for my gas and n power for my eletric and i was putting a fortune in now i am with edf for both my gas and eletric and its much cheaper i also found insted of switching my heating off when it got warm i just turned the thermostate down to 0 then when i am cold just swithch it back up to 20 if you have your thermostate high like on 25 plus that uses alot of gas as well, the cheaper way is to go quaterly bills but i prefer to pay as you go as i know where i am with my gas and eletric and dont get hugh bills i would try and change your supplier if you browse the internet im sure it will tell you the best supplier out there but becareful because when i left n power they told me that i was in front with my eletric and sent me a cheque out for 54 then the week after they sent me a letter saying i owed them 78 i just egnored it ....

gina2007
25-01-2010, 09:22
To be honest, it has been cold the past few weeks. Ive had to put more than normal on. Something I found good, top your meter up as much as possible (I got both to around 80) then each month I just put 30 on each, the more money it has on it, the less it seems to take. Im with BG for both too.

mjb71
25-01-2010, 09:25
Thanks for the replies.
Are Pay as you go metres a lot more expenisive than regular ones?

muckynees
25-01-2010, 12:01
as far as i understand it, british gas pre pay meters dont have standing charges (not sure about other companies), which means you only pay for what you use so they shouldn't be any more expensive than a regular meter, it's probably just the fact that it's been soooooo cold that she has spent more on gas and probably due to it being dark early that she has spent more on electricity.

rich5315
25-01-2010, 17:37
i was paying 142 amonth for gas and lecky on direct debit, powergen said as a whole over the year it wasnt enough, so ive had prepay meters fitted, its a pain to have to go down and top them up,and you have to keep your eye on how much credit is in them (my gas has 5 emergency on it but it only lasts a day when its cold) no good running out at 11pm!! but on a whole ive cut my bill down to 100 a month even though its been cold, when you pay by direct debit you waste a lot of power and gas because you dont think what its costing at the time, but when you have a prepay meter and you can see that hard earned 20 electric credit ticking down very quickly you soon go round and turn lights off your not using, and your gas fire, certainly makes you think not waste your cash

chalcedony
25-01-2010, 20:17
Ive the same kind of system....think there is a rental standing charge for these meters which at a guess is around 1.50.a week.,maybe a month??...and also the tariffs are slightly higher.....it cost me a absolute fortune aswell....as much as 25 - 35 a week for gas and 20 for electric....Im with scottish power ,and I belive you can ask for these meters to be removed and recieve a 1/4 bill which they will ,subject to there not being any arrears owing...The meters were allready installed when i moved in and my landlords a rather strange chappy strange...and he wants them leaving in???...other wise id have them removed..

chalcedony
25-01-2010, 20:20
i was paying 142 amonth for gas and lecky on direct debit, powergen said as a whole over the year it wasnt enough, so ive had prepay meters fitted, its a pain to have to go down and top them up,and you have to keep your eye on how much credit is in them (my gas has 5 emergency on it but it only lasts a day when its cold) no good running out at 11pm!! but on a whole ive cut my bill down to 100 a month even though its been cold, when you pay by direct debit you waste a lot of power and gas because you dont think what its costing at the time, but when you have a prepay meter and you can see that hard earned 20 electric credit ticking down very quickly you soon go round and turn lights off your not using, and your gas fire, certainly makes you think not waste your cash

Good opinion there...On a 1/4 bill you dont bother turning things off then end up with a higher bill...when your on pre pay...you can set your self how much your gonna spend a week and make it last...if theres a tenner left for a couple of days...youll make sure you dont leave the boiler on full when your out at the shops...swings and round abouts realy.

leahiz
25-01-2010, 20:24
I spend 30-40 pound a week on gas, id be interested to find out how I can get off the prepay metres

Bloomdido
08-06-2012, 09:36
I spend 30-40 pound a week on gas, id be interested to find out how I can get off the prepay metres

A week? Are you running a crematorium?

I am on prepay in a large semi. Looked into changing back but I like the idea of knowing what I am using and the savings were only about 0.2 pence per unit. I moved from Npower to EDL and noticed no real difference. I use about 2 of electric a day and less for gas, although this does go up in winter.

bajanbuddy
08-06-2012, 18:03
It costs about 60 to go back onto a credit meter and thats per meter. Payg meters are usually a higher tariff than credit. You would think as you are paying up front it would be cheaper.

If you have a washing machine with a eco or low temp wash button try the 15c washing gel and do a cold wash. Works fine for us and saves on the heating element in the washing machine. Wear slippers and warmer clothes and keep the temp down.

denlin
08-06-2012, 18:15
Summat wrong somewhere I spend 5 a week electric and 10-15 on gas on pre-pay token meter. It's not been that cold these last 3 weeks to explain that much difference

retired
08-06-2012, 18:37
I have got a 1 bed flat coming up soon for rent and has the the communal heating and hot water. It is about 10 a week every week. Good for winter but maybe not for summer. Electric hob and oven so what would any renter on here think about having to pay 10 a week in summer when you maybe only need hot water but the advantage of plenty of heating & hot water in winter?

petecob
08-06-2012, 18:51
There are property's that charge more than 10 pw, so most will find it acceptable
some might not like paying it in summer, but it's nice and warm in winter, you dont have to worry about being warm

petecob
08-06-2012, 18:53
Summat wrong somewhere I spend 5 a week electric and 10-15 on gas on pre-pay token meter. It's not been that cold these last 3 weeks to explain that much difference

Me and my wife pay 30 - 50 aweek where we are,
economy 7 ( storage heaters ) all ellectric,
warm during night, ok in a morning but terrible in the evening in winter

poshperson
08-06-2012, 19:49
I have got a 1 bed flat coming up soon for rent and has the the communal heating and hot water. It is about 10 a week every week. Good for winter but maybe not for summer. Electric hob and oven so what would any renter on here think about having to pay 10 a week in summer when you maybe only need hot water but the advantage of plenty of heating & hot water in winter?

I have a work colleague who has a similar flat to the above. I have just spoken to her and she says she can use 8 a week in a good summer but 20 a week in winter being careful with the thermostat and 15 a week in Autumn and Spring so 10 doesn't sound that bad a deal. I presume you can have this communal heating on 24/7 if you was selfish enough? Swelter in bed though I would think?

davi
08-06-2012, 20:00
Actually the overall costs of energy are not all that differant, but it can seem more than normal because of the differance in the fact that British gas don`t do a standing charge, but instead charge more for the first so many kWh units to cover the standing charge. The remaining units in a quarter are then considerably cheaper. So if you compare it to some other companies who charge a flat rate for the energy and then a standing charge, it more or less evens itself out.

Bloomdido
08-06-2012, 22:47
It costs about 60 to go back onto a credit meter and thats per meter. Payg meters are usually a higher tariff than credit. You would think as you are paying up front it would be cheaper.

If you have a washing machine with a eco or low temp wash button try the 15c washing gel and do a cold wash. Works fine for us and saves on the heating element in the washing machine. Wear slippers and warmer clothes and keep the temp down.

Says who? EDL were prepared to take mine out for nothing.

HotPhil
09-06-2012, 01:48
Says who? EDL were prepared to take mine out for nothing.
British Gas wanted 400 off me to remove the prepay meters that were in the house when we moved in. They gave me some rubbish about how I had no credit history at the property I'd just bought(!?!?) so they'd take 400 and hold it for me, then if I turned out to be credit-worthy I could have it back in 12 months. They didn't care I could show them years of correctly-paid bills for previous addresses.
I explained that the 400 was better off sat in my account than theirs.
Thank God I never have to deal with ridiculous British Gas again.

Xt500
09-06-2012, 09:09
They would have to fight me for my pre pay meters!

And i top up in seconds online :)

No big bills and no one taking money they are not entitled to and i cant remember the last time i spoke to British gas as theres no need :)

80 in 3 weeks is through use not your meters and it wouldnt make any difference how its paid its still be used and i would be more interested in how and why.

Of course your meter could be faulty but i doubt it.

donut 747
09-06-2012, 09:33
anybody on Pay as you go payment meter try https://www.ebico.org.uk/ i save loads with ebico