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First gas bill $1484.83!

By jettman - 17 August 2013 65

Moved into a new house with ducted gas heating. Got the first bill yesterday for 11 weeks consumption……$1484.83. I knew that it wouldn’t be cheap but this was a pretty big surprise! Is this normal?

To clarify, we have a 4 bedroom house, large open kitchen/family room and separate lounge.

It is only my wife and I so all bedrooms except ours are shut and the vents closed.

The ducting is through the floor.

We do like it toasty so we have the heating on 21.5 when we get home around 7pm and it stays on till the morning around 8am.

All the windows have roller shutters and they are closed every night, we also shut the doors to the lounge and hallways and shut vents off.

So overnight it is only 2 vents in the bedroom running and 4 in the kitchen/family which is where the thermostat is.

It is also worth noting we are never home during the day and on average not home 1 night a week.

Would like some thoughts from people with a similar set up.

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Rubydan 7:05 am 24 Aug 13

Gas prices are on the way up so invest in doonas, draft excluders, onesies(!), insulation, and double glazing if you can.

maltagirl 5:33 pm 23 Aug 13

Now I am starting to get nervous about my winter gas bill for this year. My house is the same sort of set up as yours. I am hoping to reduce what my previous years have been. The record was set a couple of winters ago with a quarterly bill of almost $2300. Not much better the year after. As it turns out I had big splits in my ducts and was heating both my roof space and under floor space as some of my house has ducts in the floor and some in the ceiling. Maybe check your ducts out and see if you are doing the same. I hope to get a bill under $1500 this year. Note: I work from home in a beauty business so I have to maintain 20 degrees all day for clients but it’s off overnight.

Freewheeling 8:11 pm 20 Aug 13

My brother had a massive bill like this, he found out there were gaps in his heating ducting, might be worth jumping up to the ceiling and having a quick look

voytek3 8:06 pm 20 Aug 13

hahahahahahaha you fool. How are you surprised by this?

Also – what sort of idiot leaves the heating on overnight?

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