FYI I've just checked and my standing charge on a monthly bill is 21.49p / day. I would ask for justification in writing as to why yours is £1.80!!!
from BBC - Watchdog: Are you paying too much for gas?How to check your meter
We've heard of dozens of similar cases involving almost all of the big energy companies, and there could be plenty more, because one million meters are changed from imperial to metric every year.
If yours is one of them, here's how you can check you're being billed correctly:
If your gas meter has the letters fton the front, it's one of the old imperial ones. That means your reading needs to be converted, and the small print of your bill should show this. It'll probably be called a metric conversion factor. But if your meter has the letter M, it's a new metric meter, and your bill shouldn't have a metric conversion factor on it. If it does, you too could be paying too much.
I doubt this is possible with prepay, but could be worth a check?
Last edited by CHR1S; 7th November 2013 at 11:46 AM.
Latest news: UK firms cleared of gas price manipulation
It's pretty obvious to me that creating sub-division companies i.e. a middle man, they're selling gas to themselves at a higher rate, then claiming the wholesale price has gone up. The whole privatisation model is no longer working.
When did we last see company A say we'll undercut company B?
You see it with Virgin and Sky.
You see it was Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco.
Do you see it with the big six? No!
CHR1S (7th November 2013)
@cpjitservices - Did you ask them exactly what a 'Calibration Charge' is? Email them and get it in writing.
Last edited by StevieM; 7th November 2013 at 11:54 AM.
Just spoke to BG and this is what it breaks down too.
Usage average is: 2.69 - 8.065 per KwH (Tier 1) 4.524 Per KwH (tier 2)
Calibration charge is 26.09
2.31 Average Usage. : 21.98 Per KwH
13.27 Per KwH
New prices as of 23rd November
Gas: 5.05 per Kwh (tier1) , 26.09 Standing Charge, 26.009 (tier2)
Elec: 13.75 Per KwH, 26.09 Standing Charge, 26.009 (tier2)
IM confused by all this if im honest.
A calibration is where, the meter during 2am and 3am does some jiggery poker with the credit, re-calibrates itself so that the meter after so much has been used makes the price go down on the per KwH but no idea as to what price.
Check your facebook inbox.
What's the boiler and when was it serviced? In one of our previous rentals we had a B rated Potterton Promax HE - after it got serviced towards the end of our tenancy, it went from economical to roughly what you pay, again on prepay meters.
I suspect they screwed with the boiler and upset it. They denied it, but this company came to my current house when I initially had a fault on my "new" system, and tried to screw me over to the tune of £88 inventing faults, after turning up with faulty test equipment and having to borrow my own.
Needless to say I ordered them out, and called in a local independent engineer, who fixed and serviced the whole kaboodle for £45, and is coming back next week to do an annual service again.
Seriously, email them and get them to explain everything in writing and in language that you can understand. If you're still confused, keep pestering them for clarification.
It seems rather unfair that you may/may not be forced to be on the Standard Tariff just because you have a pre-payment meter.
You are within your right to simply ask BG, 'What's the best tariff for me?' and 'Can I get it cheaper elsewhere?' The law has changed which means they have to tell you, or point you in the right direction.
This is all automated and I don't pay for this, so I am somewhat confused as to why you're charged a calibration fee. I wonder if it's their way of calling it an 'admin fee' seeing as you're not paying using the preferred DD.
My boiler is an Ideal 30Kilowattt Boiler Logic Combi Boiler | High efficiency reliable boiler from Ideal Heating
Im going to sign up with ebico I think, some way or another BG are royally ripping me off!!!
Thanks for all your advice though folks. I hate energy suppliers.
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