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    • footyguy
    • By footyguy 15th Jul 15, 10:09 AM
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    British Gas announce second price drop this year in price of gas
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    • 15th Jul 15, 10:09 AM
    British Gas announce second price drop this year in price of gas 15th Jul 15 at 10:09 AM
    http://www.britishgas.co.uk/content/britishgas/products-and-services/gas-and-electricity/reducing-energy-bills.html

    Average reduction of 5%, effective 27th August 2015

    As always, consult a comparison site top find the best deal for you (and check carefully whether or not the planned reduction has been included)
    Last edited by footyguy; 15-07-2015 at 12:34 PM.
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    • poppellerant
    • By poppellerant 15th Jul 15, 10:24 AM
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    • 15th Jul 15, 10:24 AM
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    • 15th Jul 15, 10:24 AM
    Let's hope everybody else follows suit soon.
    • Bark01
    • By Bark01 15th Jul 15, 10:28 AM
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    • 15th Jul 15, 10:28 AM
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    • 15th Jul 15, 10:28 AM
    And yet post change they are still only in 3rd place for gas only among the big 6...
    • bulktrans
    • By bulktrans 15th Jul 15, 10:43 AM
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    • 15th Jul 15, 10:43 AM
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    • 15th Jul 15, 10:43 AM
    which co is the cheapest?
    • gsmlnx
    • By gsmlnx 15th Jul 15, 10:45 AM
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    • #5
    • 15th Jul 15, 10:45 AM
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    • 15th Jul 15, 10:45 AM
    And for my usage, the new prices would mean the yearly bill would be 50% higher than my current npower gas tariff.

    Wont be changing to them then.
    • gsmlnx
    • By gsmlnx 15th Jul 15, 10:48 AM
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    • 15th Jul 15, 10:48 AM
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    • 15th Jul 15, 10:48 AM
    @bulktrans

    Cheapest can be found on comparison sites. It varies by region/energy used/standing charges so there is no simple answer.

    Get your yearly gas/electric from your bills (you have been checking them and making sure that the meter readings are correct not estimates) and try a few websites.
    • macman
    • By macman 15th Jul 15, 10:50 AM
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    • #7
    • 15th Jul 15, 10:50 AM
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    • 15th Jul 15, 10:50 AM
    There is no 'cheapest': it depends on usage and region.
    No free lunch, and no free laptop
    • bulktrans
    • By bulktrans 15th Jul 15, 10:58 AM
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    • 15th Jul 15, 10:58 AM
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    • 15th Jul 15, 10:58 AM
    Thanks guys I will check the comparison website. At present I am with Scottish Power (for both gas and elec). But I am moving house soon and I think I will just stick with Scottish Power to save any other hassle .. any ideas?
    • molerat
    • By molerat 15th Jul 15, 11:14 AM
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    • 15th Jul 15, 11:14 AM
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    • 15th Jul 15, 11:14 AM
    For me the cheapest gas available is £7 (1%) cheaper than my current deal and with my current supplier, the cheapest "big 6" is £74 (13%) dearer and BG's new cheapest is £285 (50%) dearer so dropping their prices by a measly 5% is only to grab a headline and try to fool the stupid.
    Last edited by molerat; 15-07-2015 at 8:26 PM.
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    • bulktrans
    • By bulktrans 15th Jul 15, 11:25 AM
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    The Scot Power one that I am looking at present has Standing charge of 20p and unit rate of 3.31p
    • Former MSE Paloma
    • By Former MSE Paloma 15th Jul 15, 11:44 AM
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    MSE News: British Gas to cut gas prices by 5% but you can save much more by switching
    British Gas is to cut gas prices by 5% for the second time this year - but switch now to save £250/year...

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    'British Gas to cut gas prices by 5% but you can save much more by switching




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    • molerat
    • By molerat 15th Jul 15, 11:50 AM
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    The Scot Power one that I am looking at present has Standing charge of 20p and unit rate of 3.31p
    Originally posted by bulktrans
    I am currently paying 9.45p and 2.975p inc VAT so that tariff is not that impressive.
    Last edited by molerat; 15-07-2015 at 11:52 AM.
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    • Pincher
    • By Pincher 15th Jul 15, 1:26 PM
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    Iran is about to unleash more oil onto the world.
    Sanction about to end.

    The magical £999 tariff fixed for three years is tantalisingly close.
    • Nada666
    • By Nada666 15th Jul 15, 6:49 PM
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    I think I will just stick with Scottish Power to save any other hassle .. any ideas?
    Originally posted by bulktrans
    You're new here, aren't you?
    • Caddyman
    • By Caddyman 15th Jul 15, 8:45 PM
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    There is no 'cheapest': it depends on usage and region.
    Originally posted by macman
    Absolutely. I've been with Npower for several years and despite the problems some have, I've never had an issue with them. Npower are the cheapest of the big 6 in my region based on our usage, currently about £680 a year. (there is only me and the wife). Yes, I can currently save about £19 a year with one of the small independent suppliers, but I figure with all of the hassle of doing that (I'm not bothered about saving less than 30 quid a year) I may as well do what I've been doing for the last few years, monitoring Npower closely and switching when necessary, after all, it's free to switch and I'm not locked into any of their tariffs. I'm on my fourth switch with Npower since November last year and I'm saving money, indeed, I've saved a lot of money. I couldn't ever forsee me going to British Gas unless their prices went through the floor and I can't see that happening anytime soon.

    I'm just stunned at the apathy of some people though. I convinced a work colleague recently to switch tariffs because he hadn't done so for literally years and he saved nearly £300 a year based on his current useage.
    • LeeUK
    • By LeeUK 16th Jul 15, 12:22 AM
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    I use Ebico for gas, no standing charge. Bliss at this time of year not paying for gas through the back door.
    • Nada666
    • By Nada666 16th Jul 15, 7:12 AM
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    I use Ebico for gas, no standing charge. Bliss at this time of year not paying for gas through the back door.
    Originally posted by LeeUK
    Not so blissful for many in winter if you do not have the freedom to switch on the heating as often as needed (or as wanted). The chances of the pro rata contribution to service charges not exceeding the standing charge is pretty small (yes, just 'for many' not 'for all'). There are tariffs with £30 or £50 annual charges that are cheaper than Ebico's.
    • molerat
    • By molerat 16th Jul 15, 8:20 AM
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    I use Ebico for gas, no standing charge. Bliss at this time of year not paying for gas through the back door.
    Originally posted by LeeUK
    Comparing my gas tariff the break even point for Ebico is 1700 kWh at £85 (or 3 weeks peak winter use) per year so the massive majority would be far worse off using them. It does not become the cheapest available until down to 1410 kWh pa and then is equal to another SC supplier and only £7 per year cheaper than my tariff. Do not be fooled into thinking that not paying a SC when not using any gas is actually saving money.
    Last edited by molerat; 16-07-2015 at 8:43 AM.
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    • Former MSE Paloma
    • By Former MSE Paloma 16th Jul 15, 10:48 AM
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    Morning all,

    Yesterday British Gas told me the cut in gas prices does not apply to Sainsbury's Energy customers. However this morning, Sainsbury's Energy got in touch to confirm that it does apply to Sainsbury's Energy customers on its standard tariff only. It does not have a similar tariff to British Gas's Fix & Fall tariff. The news story has been updated with this information.

    Kind regards, MSE Paloma
    • LeeUK
    • By LeeUK 16th Jul 15, 12:04 PM
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    Comparing my gas tariff the break even point for Ebico is 1700 kWh at £85 (or 3 weeks peak winter use) per year so the massive majority would be far worse off using them. It does not become the cheapest available until down to 1410 kWh pa and then is equal to another SC supplier and only £7 per year cheaper than my tariff. Do not be fooled into thinking that not paying a SC when not using any gas is actually saving money.
    Originally posted by molerat
    I've used 5949 KWh in the last 12 months.
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