How Much Electricity Do I Need?
Every household in the UK is charged at a particular rate of the Electricity Bill. If the Electric Company fails to compensate you for the electricity that you use, you can take action to recover your costs. If you know what your specific costs are, then you will be in a better position of contesting the Electric Company. If you are not certain, then you are advised to get in touch with your local electricity retailer or an energy comparison website. It is vital to know the average rates and charges associated with your area so that you know how to contest them. The following is a brief analysis of some of the factors which have a major impact on your bill.
Type of fuel: Average Electricity Bill rates
are affected by the type of fuel that powers your home. The rates most commonly reported are those which are associated with on-grid or off-grid Electric Power supply. If your electricity supply comes from a supplier who advertises itself as ‘green’, then this may impact your rates. The typical tariffs payable are on-grid or off-grid (of solar tariffs) based upon the type of fuel used to generate the electric power.
Frequency of use: When you use your electricity
there is a certain frequency that is incorporated into the tariff. For example, if you use your appliance at least six times a week, then you are charged an additional tariff for this. At present, in the UK, some retailers offer a ‘bund’ structure where you can combine different tariff structures to obtain an average gas and Electricity Bill. However, you must understand the exact nature of any deal before signing up. A good Gas Safe Register Scheme can be worth up to five pounds towards each year’s Gas Safe Power tariff.
Security: Your utility bill contains a wide range of charges
which could be influenced by security measures. For example, the security of gas supplies has led to some decreases in the level of charges. However, the level of security is not adequate and therefore you will likely pay more in terms of standard rate increases. In addition to the security of gas supplies, another important consideration for an electricity customer is the security of non-renewable sources of energy, such as coal and wood. Both these are becoming more expensive and therefore companies are increasing their efforts to encourage customers to shift to cheaper renewable sources, such as solar and wind energy. As a result, the number of charges that you pay will vary according to how much energy your energy supplier is trying to encourage you to generate.
Other charges: You must be aware of any other charges
that are connected with your tariff. Examples include those connected to the delivery and installation of the gas and electricity supplies that you receive. It is worth checking that you understand what these changes mean and whether you can claim additional charges against your Gas Safe Register (GSR). Some suppliers will apply surcharges to your bills for passing on costs to customers. These are known as ‘ancillary charges’ and are commonly found in energy suppliers in the UK. They are also found in other countries around the world where they are levied as part of the utility costs of consumers.
As well as charges connected to gas and electricity
you may also find other charges added to your bill, depending on how much electricity you consume. If you use a high level of electricity for domestic purposes, you can expect your bills to be higher than normal. One example of this would be when you use a laptop computer. Your laptop computer typically consumes a lot of power, which makes it harder for you to do normal things. To keep your power consumption under control, you may want to look at reducing the amount of time that you turn down the lights in your home or even reduce the amount of television that you watch. You can also make changes that may seem smaller, such as buying new appliances, insuring your home against theft or fire, and so forth.