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Energy Bills why no discounts

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eric4395eric4395 Forumite
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Don't see much discussion about this, but everyone being hit one way or another, why have the government left the energy companies alone. Surely when they are demanding everyone stays at home then our bills will naturally be higher, why are they not introducing measures where everyone gets a quite considerable discount on there next few bills? 

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  • Gerry1Gerry1 Forumite
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    Because the government has no money of its own, only what it takes off us, so we'd all end up paying one way or the other.  No such thing as a free lunch.
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    eric4395 said:
    Don't see much discussion about this, but everyone being hit one way or another, why have the government left the energy companies alone. Surely when they are demanding everyone stays at home then our bills will naturally be higher, why are they not introducing measures where everyone gets a quite considerable discount on there next few bills? 
    Wear a sweater and wrap up well. Sigh!  :(
  • lopsyfalopsyfa Forumite
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    eric4395 said:
    Don't see much discussion about this, but everyone being hit one way or another, why have the government left the energy companies alone. Surely when they are demanding everyone stays at home then our bills will naturally be higher, why are they not introducing measures where everyone gets a quite considerable discount on there next few bills? 
    But you will save more money on transport (whether due to less driving, public transport or taxi) than you will pay due to staying at home. The government has already done a lot for most people by guaranteeing to pay 80% of salary up to  £2500 and will probably announce something for the self employed soon.  
  • TalldaveTalldave Forumite
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    The government initiatives are intended to help people pay their bills, so it would be illogical to also subsidise those bills.
    I work from home, so have had higher energy consumption for years, but nobody else cared about that.  But as @Gerry1 said, no travelling costs or shop-bought lunch costs,  so actually it's probably cheaper staying at home.
  • nick74nick74 Forumite
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    The amount my wife and I are currently saving on petrol and diesel by not driving anywhere will pay our domestic energy bills three times over. I wish I could work from home permanently, I'd save a fortune. 
  • LemonjuicedLemonjuiced Forumite
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    nick74 said:
    The amount my wife and I are currently saving on petrol and diesel by not driving anywhere will pay our domestic energy bills three times over. I wish I could work from home permanently, I'd save a fortune. 

    Very true! I'm still working, in the food industry but I only travel to work (10 mile journey) now so my petrol consumption has dropped by about 50%
  • Robin9Robin9 Forumite
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    Think of all the other savings - no rounds at the pub, no Saturday evenings out, no holidays. Good news  if you are saving for that wedding or house purchase and either working or getting the 80% then you benefit while others suffer.
    Never pay on an estimated bill
  • UnclaimedEnergyUnclaimedEnergy Forumite
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    Why do they need to introduce measures which allows customers not to pay for what they use?

    Next should they be forcing supermarkets to give discounts because people working from home would mean they would have to buy more food?

    BEIS have made it so no one will have their energy supply cut off during this time - do there's no concern about people being left with elec or gas

    Suppliers are also going to be making sure that vulnerable customers are given help if they ask for it - this could result in payments being deffered to a later date.

    No point making companies offer "free elec and gas" when a lot of them are already going to be struggling anyway.
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