High Gas & Electricty Usage - I must switch

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TimD_2TimD_2 Forumite
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Electricity £500 per year
Gas £800 per year

Any comments great. Never switched in my life.

Current Suppliers
BG - Standard Tariff Quarterly DD
Southern Electric - Standard Quarterly DD

I don’t mind paying monthly DD if its going to be cheaper.

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  • FranFran Forumite
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    Click on the following link - Martin's post (the first one) has a link to an article on the main site.http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=Utility;action=display;num=1070801691

    Also have a look at the following:-
    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=Utility;action=display;num=1076606824 and also other threads on the "Gas, Electricity & Water" board.
    Torgwen.......... :) ...........
  • TimD_2TimD_2 Forumite
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    I’ve read Martins article and checked both of the threads but one of them is just too long and probably a bit out of date now.

    I’ve used the comparisons services but am getting different results with Scottish Power always coming up tops on price.

    Martin’s article also mentions that using both resources from the same company isn’t necessarily the cheapest so how do I input the details into the comparison services for only one supplier as they request both?

    Also if Scottish Power is the best are they increasing there prices also?

    Tim
  • TimD_2TimD_2 Forumite
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    I’ve just read the Scottish Power thread. General view is not so good so I don’t think I’ll be going with them.

    How difficult is it really to calculate yourself? All you need to know is how much per unit and if there’s any standing charge. Certain company’s only do certain areas so there can’t be that many to compare with manually, and even if there was use the comparison services see what they suggest then do your own manual checking to make sure.

    Has some clever bod come up with a spreadsheet? That way we all know exactly whether we are better off or not by calculating the difference in unit price ourselves?

    Why do these comparison services get say £60? Surely if the customer goes direct they should get an amount equal to it.

    I can see why I have never switched so far and why people will almost always stay with existing suppliers.

    Tim
  • Paul_VarjakPaul_Varjak Forumite
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    If you, or anyone in your household is aged over sixty, then try:

    https://www.staywarm.co.uk

    Failing that, try:

    http://www.goodconsumer.co.uk/utilities/ofgen.html
  • TimD_2TimD_2 Forumite
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    Scottish Power keeps coming up tops saving of £268!?..

    I better read the Scottish Power thread again.
  • Try OVO Energy. It appears to be the cheapest by far. My usage is twice yours and I am seriously considering it as it's a saving of several hundred pounds a year.
  • TimD wrote: »
    I’ve just read the Scottish Power thread. General view is not so good so I don’t think I’ll be going with them.
    :confused: And you don't think all the other suppliers have threads where they are each !!!!!ed about? If Scottish Power have a decent tariff for you then go for it.
    How difficult is it really to calculate yourself?
    Not very. But if you need to ask that question then it will be too difficult for you.
    All you need to know is how much per unit and if there’s any standing charge. Certain company’s only do certain areas so there can’t be that many to compare with manually, and even if there was use the comparison services see what they suggest then do your own manual checking to make sure.
    Yes, you should manually double-check. But that is only necessary after getting a ball park estimate from the comparison site.
    Has some clever bod come up with a spreadsheet? That way we all know exactly whether we are better off or not by calculating the difference in unit price ourselves?
    No. (Well, not as you imagine it should work.)
    Why do these comparison services get say £60? Surely if the customer goes direct they should get an amount equal to it.
    Scottish Power will give you between £62 and £110 if you switch to them via some cashback sites. No-one uses the comparison sites for switching.
    I can see why I have never switched so far and why people will almost always stay with existing suppliers.
    It's their £300. If they want to give it to their incumbents that's their business.
  • CardewCardew Forumite
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    Is there a reason why a Five year old thread( June 2004) has been resurrected?
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