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Yesterday I received my electricity bill; 360 CHF for July, August and September. It may be that the home office I am doing on alternating weeks has had some impact on it, but I feel it's too high for a family of four.
I thought it would nice if you would share how much are you paying for it so we can all compare. Tips on what do you do to cut the bill are also welcome. For example, my electricity company is AEW and I know that they have different rates depending on the time of the day, thus we try washing clothes or dishes after 8pm.
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Old 18.10.2020, 12:05
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Re: Electricity bill

That's 50% higher than mine, also family of four and full home working.

The first thing is to go around and look at the power ratings of everything you use and do a rough estimate of where the cost is.

There are literally hundreds of sites on how to improve energy efficiency - the example you gave, of running appliances overnight, definitely makes a difference for us.

We also have four outdoor floodlights which had absurd 500W halogen bulbs from the previous owner. I replaced the bulbs with LED ones (AliExpress) which saved 1900W and it no longer feels like a prison yard when they come on.
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Re: Electricity bill

It's about the same as i pay per quarter .. Family of 4.

Our place is stand-alone, about 250sqm ..
I've been WFH since March, I think our washing machine and tumble dryer run every day, multiple times and lights are left on all the time, day time too..

I walk around switching things off constantly .. drives me crazy.
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Hi all,
Yesterday I received my electricity bill; 360 CHF for July, August and September. It may be that the home office I am doing on alternating weeks has had some impact on it, but I feel it's too high for a family of four.
I thought it would nice if you would share how much are you paying for it so we can all compare. Tips on what do you do to cut the bill are also welcome. For example, my electricity company is AEW and I know that they have different rates depending on the time of the day, thus we try washing clothes or dishes after 8pm.

Do you have electric heating?
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I thought it would nice if you would share how much are you paying for it so we can all compare.
How much we pay is less important than hoe much kWh/year of electricity you consume and what your living situation is such as number of people, house or apartment, washing machine included, gas or electrical hob, if it includes electricity used for heating ex. a heat pump or electric water boiler.

Using the above template, we use:

2500 kWh/year: two persons, apartment, washing machine, electric cooking, gas heating.

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How much we pay is less important than hoe much kWh of electricity we consume and what your living situation is such as number of people, house or apartment, washing machine included, gas or electrical hob, if it includes electricity used for heating ex. a heat pump.

Using the above template, we use:

2500 kWh: two persons, apartment, washing machine, electric cooking, gas heating.
I assume that's annual, not 2500 per quarter

We use 1100 kWh per quarter in a house with four people.

ps that's split fairly evenly between high and low (overnight) tariff, which saves 70 CHF / quarter over it all being high tariff.

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Do you have electric heating?
Yes, the heater is electric. Wait until we have to heat the house in winter
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Re: Electricity bill

I'm not sure how it works where you are, but we seem to be on what the Americans would call "budget billing". We pay the same amount each time in the first 3 quarters, and then the final bill adjusts downward based on our actual usage. Much of the bill seems to be standard fees and taxes and the amount for our usage is a fraction of that.

We do laundry and dishwasher after hours, and we try to do full loads whenever possible. In the winter, if we use the oven we leave the door open when we're done so it helps warm the flat. We've gradually replaced a number of lights with LEDs.
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I assume that's annual, not 2500 per quarter
Yes it is per year. That is how often I get the final bill and how often the actual meter reading is done. It also evens out any seasonal effects.
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Re: Electricity bill

5½ room detached house built 12 years ago 175sq metres:

House 12months = CHF798 (plus CHF200 for 10,000kms on Tesla charging)
Heatpump = CHF600

Our electric cost have been decreasing over the last 10 years due to LED lighting and milder winters.

Check your account online with your electric company. You should find very comprehensive figures for your usage. Mine (EKZ) goes back 11 years...
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5½ room detached house built 12 years ago 175sq metres:

House 12months = CHF798 (plus CHF200 for 10,000kms on Tesla charging)
Heatpump = CHF600
Guys and gals. Quoting CHF values is meaningless. Energy prices are different from one provider to the next. Even the same provider might offer different plans which can be more or less expensive in terms of CHF/kWh. In addition low tariff and high tariff times can be greatly different which has an impact on your end price.

The only meaningfully number is kWH as this is the actual amount of energy used.
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Guys and gals. Quoting CHF values is meaningless. Energy prices are different from one provider to the next. Even the same provider might offer different plans which can be more or less expensive in terms of CHF/kWh. In addition low tariff and high tariff times can be greatly different which has an impact on your end price.

The only meaningfully number is kWH as this is the actual amount of energy used.
The OP was talking in francs, so I answered him in francs, sorry.

We use approx 8,700 kWh per year. I don't think that's going to help the OP though...
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Re: Electricity bill

We pay around CHF 110/month, does not include heating.

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Hi all,
Yesterday I received my electricity bill; 360 CHF for July, August and September.

They don't always read our meter for whatever reason, so our bill are often very different. Maybe check if all your bills are based on actual readings or estimates as a starting point.
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I'm not sure how it works where you are, but we seem to be on what the Americans would call "budget billing". We pay the same amount each time in the first 3 quarters, and then the final bill adjusts downward based on our actual usage. Much of the bill seems to be standard fees and taxes and the amount for our usage is a fraction of that.

We do laundry and dishwasher after hours, and we try to do full loads whenever possible. In the winter, if we use the oven we leave the door open when we're done so it helps warm the flat. We've gradually replaced a number of lights with LEDs.
Similar for us in that we have 3 set quarterly bills (CHF318 atm) and then get the 4th as a final adjustment. Difference for us is we only have the one tariff, no budget hours for our house so doesn't matter when I do washing, etc. All but one light is LED and central heating is oil based.
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How much we pay is less important than hoe much kWh/year of electricity you consume and what your living situation is such as number of people, house or apartment, washing machine included, gas or electrical hob, if it includes electricity used for heating ex. a heat pump or electric water boiler.

Using the above template, we use:

2500 kWh/year: two persons, apartment, washing machine, electric cooking, gas heating.
I was going to write that there's probably not much difference between the tariffs so quoting in CHF is fine - but, I thought I'd check so did a search.
There's a staggering difference:

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Electricity prices: There are major differences in the tariffs for universal service in Switzerland. For example, households pay 16 centimes per kilowatt hour to the cheapest grid operators and up to 23 centimes per kilowatt hour to the most expensive. This corresponds to a difference of 47%. The areas with the lowest tariffs are in northeastern Switzerland, while western Switzerland and the Canton of Berne are among the more expensive regions.


From here
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Similar for us in that we have 3 set quarterly bills (CHF318 atm) and then get the 4th as a final adjustment. Difference for us is we only have the one tariff, no budget hours for our house so doesn't matter when I do washing, etc. All but one light is LED and central heating is oil based.
Same here, and similar numbers.

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Re: Electricity bill

Am I right in saying in Basel you have no choice in tariff/provider?


Check your meter daily or so over the next week and check the readings in the billing.
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Hi all,
Yesterday I received my electricity bill; 360 CHF for July, August and September. It may be that the home office I am doing on alternating weeks has had some impact on it, but I feel it's too high for a family of four.
I thought it would nice if you would share how much are you paying for it so we can all compare. Tips on what do you do to cut the bill are also welcome. For example, my electricity company is AEW and I know that they have different rates depending on the time of the day, thus we try washing clothes or dishes after 8pm.
Have you recently moved? If not, then compare this bill to the one from the same period last year. It could also be that this bill is "on account" and not an actual meter reading.
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