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British Gas 'Cheaper' - Yeah Right!  
User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1185 times:

We just got our gas and electricity bill for the period December - March, and together they mounted up to £612.50 (with gas at £378). I'm not sure when British Gas reduced their price (I think around mid March), but nonetheless, this is a phenominal utilities bill! Anybody else been stung by such a high bill, like this one? We're a student house of 5 people, so split between us it comes to just over £150, which makes it a tad more bearable than over £600.

Rant over.

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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1175 times:

Just prior to BG reducing their prices, they were the most expensive supplier in the country. So why didn't you switch suppliers when others were offering lower prices?


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User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1167 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 1):
Just prior to BG reducing their prices, they were the most expensive supplier in the country. So why didn't you switch suppliers when others were offering lower prices?

Good question, and in all honesty one that I can't answer.


User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1116 times:

As a point of information, you guys used to do a lot of coal gasification and someone in those novels I always used to read was nipping off to the basement to pump a few shillings into the gas meter.

I assume that's all gone these days. Some folks are talking about gasification and synfuels making a comeback here as we have a lot of coal. Even here in Iowa if you dig down forty feet the whole state's underlaid with bituminous, we just have to figure out a way to get the sulfur out of it.

We use natural gas here for heating and hot water and we get billed monthly. I live in one side of a duplex and it's about 1200 square feet on three floors. The highest the bill got last winter was about $300 and $215 of that was for gas. The winter was not particularly cold for this part of the world.

The biggest part of our energy bill is for gasoline which right now is about $2.75 per gallon for 10 per cent ethanol. The pickup gets about 24 mpg and the Mazda minivan the Dragon Lady drives gets about 19 mpg but we're still looking at about $200 per month without any big road trips. I'm thinking if I ever get a new car or truck I'm buying it from the General to be E85 capable. It's a lot less expensive here.

What do you guys pay for gas or diesel fuel?


User currently onlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26775 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1103 times:

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 3):

What do you guys pay for gas or diesel fuel?

The UK average is 92.8 ppl for unleaded regular (equivalent of 91 octane in the US) and 95.1 ppl for diesel. That equates to about $7 USD per US gallon for the unleaded and $7.18 USD per US gallon for diesel. Then again, that is mitigated by the fact that the average vehicle sold in the US gets less than 23 mpg while the average in the UK does 43 mpg



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User currently offlineLASOctoberB6 From Japan, joined Nov 2006, 2380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1097 times:

and i thought us Americans paid a lot fer gas.....


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User currently offlineMainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2115 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1078 times:

Quoting British767 (Thread starter):
We just got our gas and electricity bill for the period December - March, and together they mounted up to £612.50 (with gas at £378).

That sounds about right to me. As a student, I didn't give a shit about how much leccy and gas I was using, but now as Mr-Mature-And-Responsible with a house, I'm as tight as a gnat's chuff Wink

My bill was about £150 for Dec to Mar, and my house was usually freezing for most of the time. It has to be really, really cold in the UK to justify putting an extra bar on that fire.

So £612.50 between 5 people is sod all!


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11701 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1072 times:

I'll be in that same situation next year Ben, myself and 3 friends have got a semi to live in. Hope things are good with the course btw - must be coming up to exams time and final hand ins, all going well or is it a last minute rush like I'm currently doing? silly 

Hopefully I won't use the heating at all like this year, even in the middle of winter I was still managing to have the window open, tip is to keep all the doors shut, as your own body will act as a radiator for that room you are in.


Dan Smile



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User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1070 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 7):
Hope things are good with the course btw - must be coming up to exams time and final hand ins, all going well or is it a last minute rush like I'm currently doing? silly

Hopefully I won't use the heating at all like this year, even in the middle of winter I was still managing to have the window open, tip is to keep all the doors shut, as your own body will act as a radiator for that room you are in.

Yeah could say that, really am cramming in revision at the moment. Got 3 exams this week, 2 next week and 1 on May 24th. Can't wait for May 24th to come! Luckily I didn't have a rush when it came to essays, I made a point of doing them a week or two before the deadline, as I'm sick of rushing to do essays.

What's done is done now, winter's over, and I can't go back and have the heating off  Sad Alas, a lesson learnt.


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11701 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1066 times:

Yeah winters certainly gone with avengance now. I've got no exams, but the final hand in for all coursework is the end of May, so basically it means finishing and re-doing anything which could be better and is always a hectic time of year no matter how much work you think you've done! Good luck with yours.

Hopefully all the students on A.net will be able to learn to freeze instead of have a high bill for gas Wink


Dan Smile



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