Well the smart meter ain’t so smart as I can’t view the readings on the gas meter.
The little red button doesn’t bring up the display so I’ve reported it and we will have to have a replacement meter. The readings are going to our supplier OK though, and we have had our first bill since installation.
Despite them giving us a £88 refund in August (which I would have preferred to remain towards the colder months), we are £47 in credit, so technically have a month in lieu, which is a good thing at this time of year.
Their estimate is that we may owe them around £50 at our annual review, yet they were adamant that our existing monthly payment would be sufficient to cover our usage on the increased tariff. I’d anticipated a small increase anyway, but this might not come to fruition as after all, it is up to us how much energy we use. However, we ain’t freezing our nuts off to save a few quid!
Our electricity is stable at around 3 Kwh a day. The gas obviously fluctuates because we’re using the heating more, but the most we have ever used in a week was 30 Kwh and that was in early 2018. In the summer it is around one and a half a week for our hot water.
The gizmo in the kitchen tells us how much energy we are using currently, daily or over the past week, so it can’t run away from us, plus I still have my diaries from when we first arrived so can compare year to year consumption.
Our first winter here was really cold, but last year very mild, so hopefully this time we will be somewhere between the two.
To keep our payments the same, I can always make a one-off payment to offset any extra charges and thus keep within our present budget.
It’s wet and windy today and has been since around 6am. The sea is making its presence heard and there’s not a lot of other movement outside as most people are staying indoors!
Photo: January 2018
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