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    • Ken2000
    • By Ken2000 13th Mar 18, 8:50 PM
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    Comparing Energy Providers?
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    • 13th Mar 18, 8:50 PM
    Comparing Energy Providers? 13th Mar 18 at 8:50 PM
    Good evening. Over the past year, our electricity bills/usage have been rather up and down, due to renting our house out (and so not having control over our electricity usage). Some of the occupants were a little frivolous when it came to using the heating etc. None of this is a problem, apart from it does make things a little tricky when trying to establish whether we should be looking to switch electricity provider, as our usage over the past year isn't 'the norm' for us, and so it seems to be that with most energy price comparison sites, we would end up comparing apples with oranges. For the record, we won't be renting our house our for the foreseeable future, and so will have much more control on our energy usage.

    Is there a way to still 'compare' our current suppliers with others, and for the results to be meaningful, or do we need to establish what is our normal usage over a year first of all?
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    • Hengus
    • By Hengus 13th Mar 18, 9:51 PM
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    • 13th Mar 18, 9:51 PM
    Good evening. Over the past year, our electricity bills/usage have been rather up and down, due to renting our house out (and so not having control over our electricity usage). Some of the occupants were a little frivolous when it came to using the heating etc. None of this is a problem, apart from it does make things a little tricky when trying to establish whether we should be looking to switch electricity provider, as our usage over the past year isn't 'the norm' for us, and so it seems to be that with most energy price comparison sites, we would end up comparing apples with oranges. For the record, we won't be renting our house our for the foreseeable future, and so will have much more control on our energy usage.

    Is there a way to still 'compare' our current suppliers with others, and for the results to be meaningful, or do we need to establish what is our normal usage over a year first of all?
    Originally posted by Ken2000
    It doesn’t need to be an exact science provided you monitor your consumption and choose a fixed tariff without exit fees. The link shows average usage:

    https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2017/08/tdcvs_2017_decision.pdf

    We are a two person household with gas central heating. I base my comparisons on 2500kWhs of electricity and 10000kWhs of gas per year.

    A good supplier with fixed prices - and a family and friends referral link - is Octopus. No exit fee so you can leave at any time without penalty.
    • Tom99
    • By Tom99 14th Mar 18, 6:23 AM
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    • 14th Mar 18, 6:23 AM
    Take an educated guess at what you might use and then get quotes at that figure and also +/- 10% or something.
    You may find the same supplier and tariff top the list.
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