Changing energy supplier
changing wasn’t an issue, very easily handled. And it’s all the same gas in the same pipes, just a different billing operation (and price)
Getting my accrued credit back out of my previous supplier (First Utility, FWIW) was a different matter. Took months of phone calls, misinformation, finally resolved with a cheque a week or so back.
Next (minor) gripe with my new supplier is that they are using past usage to calculate my monthly payments – but I had a new efficient boiler installed earlier in the year which by my reckoning based on month to month usage comparisons is 40% more efficient. But they want me to continue to pay for an estimated usage based on past history, hence I’m building up another large credit balance over these warmer months July -> Oct that won’t get all used up in the cold months any more because I’m using 40% less. Which at a rough count means they’ll be holding about £250 of my money for me until they can ‘review’ usage and correct.
Seems to be the business model, was practically admitted by the guy at F-U, that they want to hold your money as long as possible, I assume they invest it in future gas deals or something.Posted 5 months agonickcSubscriber
Looks like i can save about £450 a year with … Bulb.
they’re the ones that are committing to 100% renewable? (10% on Gas) . Although as I understand it, their tariffs are variable (ie you can’t fix it at all)
so if renewable is important, and you can cope with a variable tariff, you could save some money. Don’t know what their customer service is like though.
Christ, I need to get out more… 🙄Posted 5 months ago
Depending how much credit you build up with them on direct debits, you might be risking losing it if they went bust.
I suspect you’re covered as a domestic customer. Our supplier folded (GB Energy) and the regulator just persuaded another supplier (Coop) to take everyone on with the exact same contracts – was totally painless move, we did nothing, just got a letter saying our supplier had changed, everything was as is.Posted 5 months agoross980Member
I use this to compare prices.
It will also monitor the prices and tell you when you’re paying too much and then you can swap again. Works very well for me.Posted 5 months ago
I do this too. My recent British Gas fix comes to an end in the next few weeks, which would see my bills increase by £300-400/year. I considered Bulb but switched to OVO* which is fixed for the next 2 years and was only a pound or two more per month. If you think that works for you be quick though, the tariff ends tomorrow!
*is also the MSE recommended tariffnwmlargeSubscriber
GlennQuagmire – Member
I use this to compare prices.
It will also monitor the prices and tell you when you’re paying too much and then you can swap again. Works very well for me.
thanks for that, very useful. Incidentally, I am on virtually the lowest tariff I can be at the mo with a potential saving of £10 a year, not worth the bother of swapping right now.Posted 5 months agosadexpunkSubscriber
just been looking at switching to bulb. whats my best method? through moneysavingexpert or direct? MSE says theres a £25 cashback after 3 months but im not sure if once ive put bank details in ill still be able to use the code above ^^^ to get me and a stw member £50 off….Posted 5 months agoMowgliMember
My gas Zog fixed period is ending next month. Does anyone know where you can find a comparison site which lists standing charges and unit prices? All the usual ones just give a projected monthly cost, which invariably is miles off the actual. Current deal is 8p/day and 2.5p/kWhr, so it’s going to be quite an increase when this runs out – cheapest I’ve found is 15p/day and 3.5p/kWhr.Posted 5 months ago
All the usual ones just give a projected monthly cost, which invariably is miles off the actual.
They should use your figure for KWhs and the use each suppliers daily and unit costs to calc the figure. Last one I used did this and then showed you the calcs. Can’t recall which one I used though, poss moneysavingsupermarket?Posted 5 months agowonny jSubscriber
What rates are you paying for electricity? I was surprised when recently becoming a bill payer again at how expensive electricity has become:
Standing charge: 26p/day
Unit price: 16p/kWh
with Ovo on green tariff. Previous owners of the house were paying very similar with E.On.Posted 5 months agoGary_MMember
My current deal is due to expire end of this month and bulb appear to be giving the best deal. I’ve had a look on their site and it doesn’t ask for any details of current usage before giving a quote which is a bit odd and then they don’t do direct debit payments which also seems odd.Posted 5 months agouser-removedMember
I used to do door to door sales for a large provider. One of those annoying beggars who turn up at teatime and ask you if you’d like to save money on your bills.
The training was an eye opener – a didactic script which had to be followed to the letter. You basically pretended to be a gas man, then followed up as if you were helping the homeowner by saving them money.
Most of the time, we really were saving them money but it didn’t feel right.
Thank the Lord for uswitch et al.Posted 5 months ago
I’ve had a look on their site and it doesn’t ask for any details of current usage before giving a quote which is a bit odd and then they don’t do direct debit payments which also seems odd.
Yes it does.
It gives you a quick quote and then you select the refine details button.Posted 5 months agoscuttlerMember
Second MSE cheap energy club and also recommend you get (and maintain i.e. scribble down / save the statement) your consumption numbers annually for the most accurate pricing – definitely more helpful than estimating usage based on the size of your house or the cost of your bills.Posted 5 months agodannybgoodeSubscriber
First Utility – whatever their longer fixed price tariff is
Electricity 11.060p + 24.4p p/d
Gas 2.33p and 20.84p p/d.
Always been good to deal with and have always emailed well ahead of the current deal expiring with details of their best new tariffs.
I shopped around a couple of times when deals were coming to an end but they were always there or thereabouts.Posted 5 months ago
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