Sunday, March 23, 2008

ENERGY BILLS PUZZLE BRITISH HOUSEHOLDERS

It seems that many Brits have absolutely no idea about what they pay for gas and electricity and how their bills are calculated. At least 70% of customer complaints received by Energywatch are regarding billing, where users are unable to justify the amounts charged with the energy they believe they have used. In a recent poll many householders said they found gas and electricity bills four times more difficult to understand than bank statements. It's probably just as well really! Gas and electricity prices are rising at such an alarming rate, it's enough to give us all nightmares! Unfortunately we all seem to be at the mercy of gas and electricity suppliers nowadays, particularly in the colder weather. It makes you wonder how people managed without central heating in years gone by, so many of us have come to rely on it nowadays.

It seems experts at the Energy Saving Trust understand our plight. They agree that it is often difficult to link gas and electricity useage with cost and may have come up with a solution. They have recommended that all British householders should have smart meters installed over the next 10 years. The meters would detail exactly how much energy was being used and would show householders which devices are the most expensive to run. In the long term, they would end the problem of inaccurate billing and could save families a lot of money too as well as helping the environment by not wasting energy. Sounds like a good idea to me and with the way fuel prices are rising, it's definitely worth trying!

5 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

This is a common affliction the world over. We used to heat with natural gas. Each month, I would take the bill from the mailbox, sit down, and live in dread as I opened the enveloped. Sometimes the numbers were so dreadful that all I could do was laugh out loud. We can feel so helpless!

Barrett Laurie said...

Naomi-What a great idea! Here in the states the we have a box on our houses that the electric company actually comes out and reads in order to track usage! Our energy bills are getting outrageous too!

Naomi said...

We certainly can Sandy. Unfortunately the utility companies have us all at their mercy, particularly in the cold weather and we get a lot of that here in England!

I think it's a great idea too Barrett. A good way to save money and the environment too! Sounds like you have the same problem we do with high energy bills over in the States!

Barrett Laurie said...

Naomi- We certainly do! It literally hurts to write the check each month! Well I hope this finds you well! All the best!

Naomi said...

You too. Thanks Barrett