Electricity prices have been the bane of all our lives as the cost have gone up and up. At Daisy Bank, we had been enjoying a relatively good rate, on a 3 year deal, that came to and end on February 1st 2023. As we negotiated a new deal with electric companies it soon became obvious any new rate was going to have a big impact. We had already started the process of obtaining planning permission for solar panels . We decided to invest in electric meters on all touring pitches too, rather than having a huge price hike on nightly pitch fees.
So one month in , what have we learnt?
No surprises really we knew that some tourers used loads and others not so much!
At Daisy Bank, all tourers have £3 / night of electric already credited to their meters on the EHU. We think this is a fair usage per night. However if you want more, then guests can top up with as much or little at they want. At the end of the stay we refund whatever hasn’t been used.
Starting this in a quiet and cold period has been great. If ever there is a time to brighten up a dull, cold winters day by whacking up the heating and turning on the lights, TV, laptops and airfryer, A cold , snowy February in mid Wales is it!
Frequently Asked questions:
Has everyone had to buy more electric?
The answer is no, and its not just the smaller vans. Twin axels and 10m motorhomes have both managed to stay and remained within the £3 / night that is provided. (even when temperatures have dipped below freezing) They have used gas on the heating and used our facilities for washing up and showering.
Those that have bought extra, how much extra?
This has varied too. For example; some weekend users , who have been a bit unsure of how much they will need, have bought an extra £10.
” So we don’t have to think about it all weekend” Many of these have has over £5 refunded at the end of stay.
At the other end of the scale, some tourers have used over an extra £12/ night and have topped up accordingly. Generally these customers knew they wanted heating on electric and were self sufficient (using all own facilities on board) They also stayed in the van during the day. Some only had pence refunded at the end of stay.
How do we know how much we are using?
The EHU has the amount credited to it on a screen on your pitch. You can check it daily to see how much you have used and if you think you will need to top up.
How do I keep my electric usage down so I don’t need to pay anymore?
As a general rule, if the appliance is heating or cooling , this will be using the most electric, just the same as at home. Water heaters and heaters in the winter. Fridges and Air Con units in summer. Where you can switch to gas.
If any one has any queries please give us a call, one of the team will be happy to answer any further questions you might have.