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    Were due to move into our new home in a little over 3 weeks (yay)

    How on earth do you decide on what energy supplier and tariff to take? How do you provide them with usage stats for a new home? Do you just pick the cheapest with no cancellation charge and whoever throws the most freebies in?

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    British gaaaaaaaaaaa..... no don't do it. Scottish power all the way! Nice and cheap, no call-out charge for us if anything goes wrong, and no cancellation charge. Freebies i can't remember (at work) but we had a fair few.

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    I went with Ebico. Average yearly bill is 1000 for both gas and electric, next nearest competitor is Scottish and Southern Energy at 1400.

    Comparison sites help here, if you know you will use power more at night then look for different tarriff times etc.

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    One thing to watch is the standing charge. When I was living on my own, the fact the BG didn't charge one was a very significant part of my bill saved. Now living in a house-full, it matters much less.

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    Thats the thing, we don't know our usage other than our estimations. Were budgeting for 100 p/m dual fuel but thats as far as we got.
    There will be two adults and a child, with one adult home most days during the day.

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    Budget for 400 per quarter. You'll thank me later and you'll probably have a nice amount left over. Better budgeting for more, than less, and end up in the red.

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    Check out Utilities Warehouse, good rates and cash-back on each bill, We moved to them a few months ago, no problems and bills have come down around 25 for dual fuel each month

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnyknight View Post
    Budget for 400 per quarter. You'll thank me later and you'll probably have a nice amount left over. Better budgeting for more, than less, and end up in the red.
    This is surprisingly sound advice from @Sunnyknight

    However I would say a bit more, and have it deposited on a per monthly basis around 150 into a separate account. It can earn a small amount of interest and anything underpaid each year can turn out to be a nice bit of pocket money

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    This is surprisingly sound advice from @Sunnyknight

    However I would say a bit more, and have it deposited on a per monthly basis around 150 into a separate account. It can earn a small amount of interest and anything underpaid each year can turn out to be a nice bit of pocket money
    Hey hey, i have been known to be serious at times, but you couldn't let me have the glory could you? You just re-worded what i said and added 50 to the total! lol

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    Yes, Yes I did, but factor in the extra 50 for the colder months (October through July the way it is going on!) and it will be beneficial!

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    British Gas, give meter readings via an app and I get Nectar points

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danp View Post
    British Gas, give meter readings via an app and I get Nectar points
    Yeah that's always a benefit, i don't know if the other suppliers let you do it but i give a meter reading every couple of weeks via their website then i know i'm bang up to date and the bill is what i've actually used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyroman View Post
    Yeah that's always a benefit, i don't know if the other suppliers let you do it but i give a meter reading every couple of weeks via their website then i know i'm bang up to date and the bill is what i've actually used.
    I do the same, they email me to remind me and it's easy to pop outside and bung them into my phone. Direct debt too which makes it easier for me too

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    Avoid anything with a standing charge is what we looked to do here, such a ripoff for nothing, think we are on Swalec for both here

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich_tech View Post
    Avoid anything with a standing charge
    Don't write them off. You may pay less per unit on a tariff which could work out, over all, in your favour. Especially if you use a lot of power.

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