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    • MSE Archna
    • By MSE Archna 26th Nov 07, 4:50 PM
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    MSE Archna
    Energy: Find the cheapest supplier & earn cashback
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    • 26th Nov 07, 4:50 PM
    Energy: Find the cheapest supplier & earn cashback 26th Nov 07 at 4:50 PM



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    Gas & Electricity plus Cashback Article

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  • Lezanne26
    Just been comparing gas and electricity prices as we are currently with npower . I have found that Scottish Power seem to be the cheapest supplier for me although I have been put off them a bit by bad customer reviews. Also Eon's ElectricityOnline Extra Saver 4 seems a possibility as on dual fuel they are quoting an annual discount of 123.55 and going through Quidco you get 70 cashback.
  • bow1508
    Did it! nice man arrived and 8.45 and the meter was sorted by 9.05. He even crawled about in the cupboard and didn't complain! Am setting up a duel fuel DD to give me a month to sort out if EDF are okay or if I should swap then i'm doing the offski if they can't compete. My first baby step to sorting this mess out!
    • mud7dan
    • By mud7dan 3rd Feb 08, 8:14 PM
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    mud7dan
    to all you pound note savers! is this the time to swap and shop for seperate providers or wait a little longer? b gas & edf??????????????????????
  • haxeybird
    Help Needed
    Hiya

    I'm moving into a rented property on Friday and obvioulsy I need to decide who my service provider is going to be for Gas & Electricity.... Can Anyone help?:confused:

    Back ground info to the property - 2 bed house with Storage Heaters (Completely new to me!! ) with the only gas requirement being for the hob in the kitchen. Obviously I am wanting the cheapest supplier for electric and wondered if anyone had any suggestions.

    Thanks
  • skintight
    Why NOT switch now?
    Hi,

    newbie question. What is the argument against switching supplier now? I have just switched from Scottish Power due to their price hike (having been with them for a couple of years - found the online usage data really helpful). I moved to an online rate from British Gas, which was among the cheapest current no-ties rates, and got 60 cashback (approx 8% of my annual dual fuel spend). The move will take up to 28 days to complete, but until then, my fuel from Scottish Power will be fixed at the OLD rate (they are contractually bound not to raise the rate as I have elected to move supply following notification of the rise).

    If I want to, I can leave BG after 1 month, or whenever a cheaper option emerges, without penalty, and possibly get further cashback for doing so.

    The advice on this site is to avoid moving until all price rises have been announced, but why is this better than moving now (and so avoiding the price rise presumably prompting the move, and perhaps getting cashback too)? Obviously avoiding tie-ins is important, unless a decent capped rate is attractive, and this presumes an active watch on emerging rates.

    Help much appreciated.
    • SwanJon
    • By SwanJon 6th Feb 08, 9:03 AM
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    SwanJon
    The suggestion to hold off is to avoid the out of the frying pan into the fire scenario.
    If you are able to sign up for a cheaper or fixed tariff, especially with a company that has already announced a rise, you'll probably get away with it.

    If you base your descision on a switching site you'll find that those who haven't raised their prices are cheaper, but you might find that by the time you actually become their customer they have put their prices up.

    As with everything you can probably find an exception if you look a bit deeper.
  • MarcusB
    Hi,

    newbie question. What is the argument against switching supplier now? I have just switched from Scottish Power due to their price hike (having been with them for a couple of years - found the online usage data really helpful). I moved to an online rate from British Gas, which was among the cheapest current no-ties rates, and got 60 cashback (approx 8% of my annual dual fuel spend). The move will take up to 28 days to complete, but until then, my fuel from Scottish Power will be fixed at the OLD rate (they are contractually bound not to raise the rate as I have elected to move supply following notification of the rise).

    If I want to, I can leave BG after 1 month, or whenever a cheaper option emerges, without penalty, and possibly get further cashback for doing so.

    The advice on this site is to avoid moving until all price rises have been announced, but why is this better than moving now (and so avoiding the price rise presumably prompting the move, and perhaps getting cashback too)? Obviously avoiding tie-ins is important, unless a decent capped rate is attractive, and this presumes an active watch on emerging rates.

    Help much appreciated.
    Originally posted by skintight
    I'm looking for the same reason. I'm with Scottishpower for leccie only (no gas where I live) who have just announced a price hike, and British Gas click energy4 looks a better price according to some of the switch sites. Looking at Martins list, it seems BG have already introduced their new tarrifs last month but I'm still not 100% convinced that now is the right time to switch
  • musician11
    Just moving into new accomodation and need to find best gas and elec price or just might be cheaper to manage with just elec as has night store heaters and the only thing that's gas is the cooker (just swop the cooker for an elec one?) Been reading through this thread, but still can't really work out how to go about it and what I need to watch out for. I've got to set something up now and can't tell which ones are going to make increases. Are there any that have said they won't be making any more increases for a year or so?
    Need to save money to fund the dream :rolleyes:
    • jmfwilts
    • By jmfwilts 7th Feb 08, 5:23 PM
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    jmfwilts
    Q. The main article says that the comparrison sites are updated as soon as price changes are announced. Eon announced their increase today, but I just checked Energy Helpline and Money Supermarket and the last update for Eon was April 2007. See
    http://www.energyhelpline.com/xhl/page_a.aspx?ref=fhl_priceincreases_1&p=1
    Is this info in the article corrrect?
  • markwoods10
    ditto
    I'm looking for the same reason. I'm with Scottishpower for leccie only (no gas where I live) who have just announced a price hike, and British Gas click energy4 looks a better price according to some of the switch sites. Looking at Martins list, it seems BG have already introduced their new tarrifs last month but I'm still not 100% convinced that now is the right time to switch
    Originally posted by MarcusB
    iam in the same boat
    currently with scottish power online energy but all comparison sites
    reckon that click energy will save 149 per year approx so think I will give it a go spose no harm in trying.
    will monitor usage and meter readings for 3-6 months and see what happens
  • Plushchris
    Q. The main article says that the comparrison sites are updated as soon as price changes are announced. Eon announced their increase today, but I just checked Energy Helpline and Money Supermarket and the last update for Eon was April 2007. See
    http://www.energyhelpline.com/xhl/page_a.aspx?ref=fhl_priceincreases_1&p=1
    Is this info in the article corrrect?
    Originally posted by jmfwilts
    Energyhelpline has been updated today, they now have all the correct tariff information on there. When I looked earlier all Eon tariffs were on enquire, now they have changed and you can continue.

    That article was correct up until today, I would imagine that it will be updated soon.
    Last edited by Plushchris; 07-02-2008 at 9:17 PM.
    Missing Tesco R&R since Feb '07 & now a "Tesco veteran" apparently!
    • Bacardi_queen
    • By Bacardi_queen 12th Feb 08, 10:46 AM
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    Bacardi_queen
    New Home - New Gas/Electricity Supplier
    We're just buying a 3 bed victorian terraced house, and therefore don't have any current suppliers to switch from. How do I go about finding which would be the cheapest if I have nothing to compare it to?

    We're a couple who'll be in the house during evenings and weekends It's got gas central heating with a combi boiler. I have the last bill from the person who lived there before, he was living on his own and was with NPower or both gas and electric, could I use this to get a rough estimate or to use on the comparison sites?

    Any help to put me in the right direction would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Bacardi_queen

    Edit: Okay, very new to this so didn't know that you actually have to take on the energy provider from the previous owner, and then you can switch after that. So we have to go with nPower for approx the first 6 weeks which is usually how long it takes to swap.

    Am I being very naive but couldn't I just look at the rates applicable for my area to find out which provider is the cheapest for me? As long as the cut-off points are the same for the higher and lower rates? (ie XXXp for the first 900 kWh, XXXp thereafter?)

    I used the previous owners last bill to work out roughly how much my bills might come to, and using the comparison sites, both energyonline and moneysupermarket say edf is the cheapest option. But it says their electricity rate is 9.902p for the first 900kWh, then 5.964 thereafter. Looking at some of the others, this is CONSIDERABLY cheaper (E.On is 17.168p then 9.419). Does anyone else think that there may be a mistake, and edf's prices are not up to date? When I looked at their website, adn their tarifs, I couldn't find this one, the one I found was more expensive.

    HELP!
    Last edited by Bacardi_queen; 12-02-2008 at 4:20 PM.
  • bow1508
    atlantic eg
    just swapped as previous supplier wanted stupid amounts for DD and said they would review in 6 months time! couldn't do it through quidco so a bit dissapointed but fingers crossed it all works okay, just wanted to say thanks for the advice, very much appreciated
  • Rebel Angel
    uSwitch wine offer
    Hi,
    Can I double check that the uSwitch wine offer is current. I was about to switch through them to get the wine but checked their T&Cs and it said you have to switch before 31 Jan 2008 to qualify. Have they started a new offer? Or have they not updated their T&Cs? If there is no current wine offer, then maybe this shouldn't be advertised at the moment on MSE.:confused:

    Can anyone let me know please?

    Thanks
    • Kimbo
    • By Kimbo 13th Feb 08, 11:30 AM
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    Kimbo
    Hi,
    A word of warning about switching via moneysupermarket.com. - they will not give you more than one dollop of cashback. I used them to switch dual fuel 18 months or so ago and received 30 cashback - I used them again last Autumn and, on enquiring why I had not yet received my 30 for switching, was told that, as stated in their T&Cs, any given household will only qualify for 1 cashback - for all time!
    Unless I have missed it on Martin's Gas and Elec switching page, this is not made clear
  • cotsvale
    Cashback via Moneysupermarket & quidco too?
    I have just been on uswitch,energyhelpline and moneysupermarket. All of them tell me that EDF will be best for me on dual fuel.
    I see that moneysupermarket is listed on quidco with 20 cashback

    If I go via quidco to moneysupermarket and change supplier will I get 20 from quidco and the 30 for switching duel fuel through moneysupermarket = 50 ?

    I'd hate to go through quidco get 20 but miss out on the 30 if it's not allowed.

    Thank you for your help.
  • Olliebeak
    I'm hoping that I'm reading the comparison site correctly (fingers crossed) and it appears to be recommending that I stay with Eon for my postcode and gas/elec useage. I'll double check it again later to make sure I wasn't doing anything wrong .
    • obvious
    • By obvious 13th Feb 08, 12:05 PM
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    obvious
    Watch out for E-ON charging extra, although I'm not sure if all providers make this charge :-

    "As your gas supply is maintained by an Independent Gas Transporter (IGT), rather than Transco, you'll incur an additional annual charge of 42 per year"
  • Tutts
    USwitch - free wine offer
    Have just swicthed using Uswitch who have an advert on their homepage for the free wine offer also, however once swicthed and you read the terms it expired on 31 Jan! Thats a bit misleading of them........ (have emailed to complain)
  • Tutts
    Hi,
    Can I double check that the uSwitch wine offer is current. I was about to switch through them to get the wine but checked their T&Cs and it said you have to switch before 31 Jan 2008 to qualify. Have they started a new offer? Or have they not updated their T&Cs? If there is no current wine offer, then maybe this shouldn't be advertised at the moment on MSE.:confused:

    Can anyone let me know please?

    Thanks
    Originally posted by Rebel Angel
    I emailed uswitch and they responded to say the offer had been extended. Apparantly they have been inundated with emails from MSE users!!!

    [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']Re: Wine Offer on 13/02/2008[/FONT]
    [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']Thank you for contacting us with your enquiry. [/FONT]
    [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']This offer has been extended.[/FONT]
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