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    • SNewbieV
    • By SNewbieV 13th Mar 17, 3:26 PM
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    Soon to be moving in :s unsure on utility bills!
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    • 13th Mar 17, 3:26 PM
    Soon to be moving in :s unsure on utility bills! 13th Mar 17 at 3:26 PM
    Hello all,

    I am a complete newbie here so I apologise for my ignorance.

    My wife and I will soon be moving in to our new home and I wanted you're thought/advice on utilities.

    We have been living with parents to scrape and save as much as possible and now we have our own place...problem is that we are not sure what type of energy tariffs we would need? I am aware that the prices are soon to rise and I think I would freeze the tariffs for peace of mind but in all honesty I am a bit in the grey with the amount of usage.

    Would it be best if I went for the minimum tariff's as we are uncertain of the amount of energy we would use?

    My energy suppliers are SSE, British Gas, Thames Water.

    Would be grateful if you can assist with some advice for a complete novice like me.

    Thanks

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    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 13th Mar 17, 6:52 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 6:52 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 6:52 PM
    Welcome to the forum.

    Your water is tied to the Regional Supplier - Thames Water.

    Initially you are tied to SSE and BG on a legally binding 'Deemed tariff'. However you can set up a switch to your favoured supplier straight away - it can take a few weeks.

    You have to guess at your consumption. Try the UK average of 13,200 kWh gas and 3,200kWh electric first, and then juggle with the figures. Don't assume getting both gas and electricity from the same company is cheapest.

    P.S.
    Read your 3 meters the moment the property is yours(take a photo) and inform supplier immediately.
    Last edited by Cardew; 14-03-2017 at 8:06 AM.
    • SNewbieV
    • By SNewbieV 13th Mar 17, 8:33 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 8:33 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 8:33 PM
    Thank you for the warm welcome and for the sound advice Cardew
    • footyguy
    • By footyguy 13th Mar 17, 8:39 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 8:39 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 8:39 PM
    Hello all,

    I am a complete newbie here so I apologise for my ignorance.

    My wife and I will soon be moving in to our new home and I wanted you're thought/advice on utilities.

    We have been living with parents to scrape and save as much as possible and now we have our own place...problem is that we are not sure what type of energy tariffs we would need? I am aware that the prices are soon to rise and I think I would freeze the tariffs for peace of mind but in all honesty I am a bit in the grey with the amount of usage.

    Would it be best if I went for the minimum tariff's as we are uncertain of the amount of energy we would use?

    My energy suppliers are SSE, British Gas, Thames Water.

    Would be grateful if you can assist with some advice for a complete novice like me.

    Thanks

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    Originally posted by SNewbieV
    Consult a comparison site to find the best deal for you

    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/utilities/you-switch-gas-electricity?

    If you don't know the actual usage (which will give most accurate results) the comparison site will assist you
    • CashStrapped
    • By CashStrapped 14th Mar 17, 12:52 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 12:52 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 12:52 AM
    Hello all,

    My wife and I will soon be moving in to our new home and I wanted you're thought/advice on utilities.

    My energy suppliers are SSE, British Gas, Thames Water.

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    Originally posted by SNewbieV
    Just wanted to clarify.......

    You have not moved in yet...but you have already created accounts with the existing suppliers for that property? Correct?

    Following on from Cardew's point, it important to create energy accounts with these suppliers first...before you initiate any switch.
    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 14th Mar 17, 5:41 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 5:41 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 5:41 AM
    After you have moved in and got your suppliers set up get into the habit of reading your meters at least monthly and use an online account to notify the suppliers. It's 5 minutes a month well spent.

    Read and understand your bills.
    • frugalmacdugal
    • By frugalmacdugal 14th Mar 17, 5:49 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 5:49 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 5:49 AM
    Hi,

    don't panic, for the sake 1/2 months, even on standard tariff, will only be £2/3 a month more.

    You've enough to do just getting settled in.

    As already said take readings when you move in and contact current suppliers.

    Take electric and gas readings once a week, this will give you an idea of usage, electricity should be pretty level week to week, gas will be dropping off now, as weather getting milder.

    When settled in and able to think straight, you can then initiate your switches.
    Last edited by frugalmacdugal; 14-03-2017 at 9:00 AM.
    Y'all take care now.
    • SNewbieV
    • By SNewbieV 14th Mar 17, 8:24 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 8:24 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 8:24 AM
    Hi Cashstrapped,

    Thanks for the message... we have not yet created any accounts with our suppliers, would you recommend us to do so?

    Thanks
    • SNewbieV
    • By SNewbieV 14th Mar 17, 8:30 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 8:30 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 8:30 AM
    Thank you for providing you're feedback, this is such a great website and forum.

    Thank you all
    • Raxiel
    • By Raxiel 14th Mar 17, 11:43 AM
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    Agree with what others have said, but just wanted to clarify this bit:

    Hello all,

    ...I am aware that the prices are soon to rise and I think I would freeze the tariffs for peace of mind but in all honesty I am a bit in the grey with the amount of usage.

    Would it be best if I went for the minimum tariff's as we are uncertain of the amount of energy we would use?...
    Originally posted by SNewbieV
    You may already know this but just to be clear. Knowing the amount you are likely to use helps judge how big the bill is likely to be, and what level to set direct debits at to avoid a big debit/credit building up, but it doesn't matter if you use more or less than your estimate.

    When the tariff is fixed that just means that the unit price and standing charge won't change in the contract period, not the overall annual bill. It's possible the 'cheapest' tariff could change depending on actual usage but in practice, not by much.

    Just pick the cheapest tariff from a company you like the look of.

    Hi Cashstrapped,

    Thanks for the message... we have not yet created any accounts with our suppliers, would you recommend us to do so?

    Thanks
    Originally posted by SNewbieV
    It's not just recommended, you MUST do this. You are automatically on a deemed contract with the existing supplier(s) when you move into a property. You have to set up an account with them in your own name before you can switch and so they can bill you for energy used between moving in and switching (if you chose to)
    Last edited by Raxiel; 14-03-2017 at 11:47 AM.
    • mac.d
    • By mac.d 14th Mar 17, 12:08 PM
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    It's not just recommended, you MUST do this. You are automatically on a deemed contract with the existing supplier(s) when you move into a property. You have to set up an account with them in your own name before you can switch and so they can bill you for energy used between moving in and switching (if you chose to)
    Originally posted by Raxiel
    Which is simply a case of phoning up the existing supplier and telling them you have just moved in and give them the date you took over the house, and the meter readings from the same day. Once that's done, people can look at switching right away, can't they?
    • phillw
    • By phillw 14th Mar 17, 1:08 PM
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    but it doesn't matter if you use more or less than your estimate.
    Originally posted by Raxiel
    It can if you are trying to select the absolute best tariff. If you estimate your usage as low then you'll pick a low standing charge and high unit price, but using a lot of energy will be expensive. If you estimate high then you'll pick a high standing charge and a low unit price & your bills won't go down as much if you cut your usage.

    But forget about getting it right in the first year.

    Which is simply a case of phoning up the existing supplier and telling them you have just moved in and give them the date you took over the house, and the meter readings from the same day. Once that's done, people can look at switching right away, can't they?
    Originally posted by mac.d
    I'd setup a direct debit as well. Just don't agree to anything that ties you into a contract.
    Last edited by phillw; 14-03-2017 at 1:11 PM.
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