I think my grans boiler may be faulty.... she and her 86 year old husband live in a very tiny 2 bed upper flat - during the summer her Npower dual-fuel bill for six months for GAS was £19 a month (elec was £22) GREAT - £243 for Apr-Oct....
...now my gran&grandad are TIGHT and they would rather wrap up and sit in coat+gloves than have heating on much/high in winter but she DOES obviously use it a little more... her 2007 WINTER (oct07-apr08) 6 month usage for just Gas was £440 (still quite high at nearly £70 month for gas only in a small 2 bed flat with 2 pensioners) - so Npower estimated this next (6-month) winter gas usage (oct08-apr09) to be £589... (WOW way too much surely almost £100 a month) altogether it totalled at £142 a month she has to pay for both elec & gas -
now with looking at the bills and seeing that all is cheap and fine during summer at £40 month for both but then £142 month for winter is wrong surely
we were thinking it could possibly the BOILER its an old SAUNIER DUVAL SD 623 COMBI-BOILER installed on the floor , she has to get on ground to turn a switch to fill her own water tank and the hot water pressure is low and has to run it for ages to get hot through - could this boiler be the cause of the high gas usage in the winter....?
and if so....
whats a good replacement?
whats a good quote?
who's best to use?
what should she ask the fitter when he qouting?
many thanks for reading and I HOPE I can help my gran because I think its a rip-off but I dunno if its actually Npowers fault...
Just to start things rolling, am I correct in assuming these numbers are in euro? and equal to the below.
The summer of 2008 both gas and electric are about 20e each ($25)
The winter of 2007, gas was 440e or about 73e a month ($93)
The winter of 2009, gas estimated at 589e or about 98e a month ($125)
electricity has also been assumed to go from 22e to 44e per month per your figures.
These costs can be quite low compared to a house in the USA, my family are all paying between $300-$450 (235-350e) per month for both in the winter months. but a small upper flat should be a bit cheaper.
The 30% rise is gas cost could be normal for your area, 50% rise for electricity sounds a bit high unless they are using it more to save on the other.
Replacing a boiler will be several thousand dollars no matter how you slice it - don't mean to sound crass but will the payback time be worth it with older people? saving 30% a month for a 3000e replacement boiler will take almost 9 years just to break even.
edit: I had the conversions rates backwards so you maybe looking 2000e or more for a replacement.
I think you need to post on a site that is familiar with european boilers.
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