General Chat Thread, Gas & Electricity in General; Were due to move into our new home in a little over 3 weeks (yay)
How on earth do you ...
2nd July 2013, 03:33 PM #1
Gas & Electricity
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?
2nd July 2013, 03:44 PM #2
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.
2nd July 2013, 03:45 PM #3
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.
2nd July 2013, 03:51 PM #4
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.
2nd July 2013, 03:51 PM #5
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.
2nd July 2013, 03:53 PM #6
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.
Thanks to Sunnyknight from:
2nd July 2013, 03:54 PM #7
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
Thanks to HaleStorm from:
2nd July 2013, 04:25 PM #8
2nd July 2013, 04:32 PM #9
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
Originally Posted by nephilim
2nd July 2013, 04:38 PM #10
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!
3rd July 2013, 09:50 AM #11
British Gas, give meter readings via an app and I get Nectar points
3rd July 2013, 10:12 AM #12
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.
Originally Posted by Danp
3rd July 2013, 10:18 AM #13
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
Originally Posted by Pyroman
3rd July 2013, 11:16 AM #14
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
3rd July 2013, 11:23 AM #15
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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