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    • fewkeste
    • By fewkeste 21st Apr 17, 5:18 PM
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    fewkeste
    Add your feedback on energy supplier Powershop
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    • 21st Apr 17, 5:18 PM
    Add your feedback on energy supplier Powershop 21st Apr 17 at 5:18 PM
    I'm just in the process of switching from Robin Hood Energy to Powershop and would like to receive feedback and comments about this new supplier. Apparently they are well established in Australia and New Zealand and are operating in the UK under the Npower licence at present.
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    • Equites
    • By Equites 12th Oct 18, 10:11 AM
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    Equites
    Another good special pack released today - "Super Bowl" with a 41.8% discount, enough to cover 5 days of my usage.
    Long may these types of pack continue, allows me forget the aberration that is the March Future Pack.
    • Tafrock
    • By Tafrock 12th Oct 18, 10:42 AM
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    Good is an understatement. That's superb. I snapped it up straight away.

    I assume that discount is the same for everyone (as it should be).

    The March future pack was indeed a slap in the face. An insult to powershoppers intelligence almost. This new pack is a step in the right direction
    More of the same please powershop
    • Boohoo
    • By Boohoo 12th Oct 18, 11:16 AM
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    Boohoo
    Another good special pack released today - "Super Bowl" with a 41.8% discount, enough to cover 5 days of my usage.
    Long may these types of pack continue, allows me forget the aberration that is the March Future Pack.
    Originally posted by Equites
    You must be a low user as i am gas/electric and i got 6.15 of power for 3.58 which they tell me is 2 days worth of power.
    Powershop should offer better discounts as i seem to be paying more for my gas than i was with another company 2 months ago and my unit price is 3.73p and d/charge is 21.12p so i would need 30% discount on the gas price if i am to get to 2.61kwh Top Shopper Gas June price they said i could pay if i bought all available packs.
    • Tafrock
    • By Tafrock 12th Oct 18, 11:23 AM
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    Gas has massively increased in price with all providers

    I'm with zog and locked into a two year fixed deal with no leaving fee back in April.

    I'm glad I did. For the same tariff with zog now I'd be paying a whopping 121 extra a year.

    My cheapest alternative provider would be 49 extra a year.

    So glad I locked in
    • neilsedaka
    • By neilsedaka 12th Oct 18, 3:12 PM
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    My gas price is lower than those mentioned. Much lower - in fact zero.

    There is absolutely no gas in this area.
    • Boohoo
    • By Boohoo 13th Oct 18, 9:13 AM
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    Boohoo
    You must be a low user as i am gas/electric and i got 6.15 of power for 3.58 which they tell me is 2 days worth of power.
    Powershop should offer better discounts as i seem to be paying more for my gas than i was with another company 2 months ago and my unit price is 3.73p and d/charge is 21.12p so i would need 30% discount on the gas price if i am to get to 2.61kwh Top Shopper Gas June price they said i could pay if i bought all available packs.
    Originally posted by Boohoo
    Today i put in a gas/elctric meter readings and i then checked my usage and average unit charge since i have been with PS for gas.
    Well i dont know if it's a mistake but PS have my average gas unit rate as 4.26p per kwh which is well over the 3.73pkwh Baseline tariff gas June without buying any powerpacks and i had bought the packs so maybe it will be lower next month?
    • Equites
    • By Equites 13th Oct 18, 10:59 PM
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    Equites
    You must be a low user as i am gas/electric and i got 6.15 of power for 3.58 which they tell me is 2 days worth of power.
    Originally posted by Boohoo
    I only use Powershop for electricity.
    Just wish I had access to mains gas.
    If you think mains gas is expensive come and live in a metered LPG estate like I do (45 houses supplied via a communal tank).
    We pay over twice the price of mains gas and the whole metered estate LPG system is so corrupt that moving to a new supplier is impossible (not allowed to install separate tanks etc etc, a rant for another forum).
    That part of the energy market is failing badly, our neighbour actually installed electric storage heaters as they found it cheaper to heat their house using those instead of LPG, which says everything really (we're moving out in the next year so not making that kind of capital investment).
    • Leear
    • By Leear 16th Oct 18, 5:18 PM
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    Leear
    Confused
    I thought I knew how to buy energy but... what do I know?

    My current fixed offer for the next year with AVRO is 1060.

    The Powershop deal could be 100 less if I was a "Top Shoper" or it might be 147 more if we have the "First Year Promise" or it could be 243 more if we end up with the "Baseline"
    Last edited by Leear; 16-10-2018 at 5:22 PM.
    • Tafrock
    • By Tafrock 16th Oct 18, 5:37 PM
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    Tafrock
    With powershop what you get is entirely up to you. To achieve top shopper rate you MUST purchase powerpacks. As many as you can afford

    Your goal is to cover your monthly usage by purchasing powerpacks. If you don't purchase enough packs powershop will buy power for you at baseline rate and its very expensive.

    First year promise is in effect the most you will pay in your first year anyway

    It's a safety net for new adopters of powershop. As a first year customer you will never have to pay the top baseline rate

    By purchasing powerpacks you should achieve top shopper rate or even better it.

    I've been with powershop 18 months and always better top shopper rates though with the recent price increase I am keeping an open mind as to whether I will continue to beat top shopper rates

    At the moment I'm on target but my tariff increased in price yesterday so I'll keep an eye on things
    • Leear
    • By Leear 16th Oct 18, 7:56 PM
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    Thank you Tafrock it's good to know that, if the variable pricing doesn't go up.

    In my first year the over payment would be ring fenced and limited to 147 and in year two it would be limited to 243!

    It's a reverse logic and a sort of penalty for loyalty
    • Tafrock
    • By Tafrock 16th Oct 18, 7:59 PM
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    But if you buy powerpacks you would never pay the overpayment. Basically if you've no intention of purchasing powerpacks don't join powershop or you will end up overpaying
    • Leear
    • By Leear 16th Oct 18, 8:21 PM
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    How often and how many powerpacks do you buy them?
    One a day?
    Two a week?
    Monthy?
    and do you have to buy them in a limited time?
    • Tafrock
    • By Tafrock 16th Oct 18, 8:41 PM
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    Tafrock
    It varies. Special Powerpacks are released at the rate of around 3 or 4 a month. They are available to buy for around 5 or 6 days

    Some powerpacks such as jumbo or simple saver are released every month and available to buy all month
    • Umiamz
    • By Umiamz 20th Oct 18, 10:15 PM
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    I like the idea of Powershop Pro and I'm thinking of switching. I'm just wondering whether this is the right time of year, though, with larger monthly bills soon to be upon us.
    If I switch now will I have the opportunity to get good Powerpack discounts for the winter months?

    Thanks for any information...
    • Tafrock
    • By Tafrock 20th Oct 18, 11:03 PM
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    Tafrock
    Indeed. Now is the perfect time to switch. Discounts are at their highest from now until February
    • Umiamz
    • By Umiamz 22nd Oct 18, 7:07 PM
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    Indeed. Now is the perfect time to switch. Discounts are at their highest from now until February
    Originally posted by Tafrock
    Thanks, think I'll go for it then
    • fewkeste
    • By fewkeste 22nd Oct 18, 7:51 PM
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    fewkeste
    Buy all the Special and Future Packs you can
    Thanks, think I'll go for it then
    Originally posted by Umiamz
    Initially, I would buy all the Special Packs and Future Packs you can. Do not buy Baseline Energy top ups - they have no discount at all. Also, notwithstanding what I said above, I would hold off buying the March Future Packs on offer at the moment, as the discount level is really poor. You might be able to build up sufficient credit to cover the March 2019 billing period by building up credit from Powerpacks with better (higher) discounts between now and the March billing period.
    • Umiamz
    • By Umiamz 22nd Oct 18, 8:52 PM
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    Thanks, fewkeste, that's useful to know.

    How soon after switching do you get access to Powerpacks?
    • Leear
    • By Leear 22nd Oct 18, 9:17 PM
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    Leear
    Stock Market?
    Initially, I would buy all the Special Packs and Future Packs you can. Do not buy Baseline Energy top ups - they have no discount at all. Also, notwithstanding what I said above, I would hold off buying the March Future Packs on offer at the moment, as the discount level is really poor. You might be able to build up sufficient credit to cover the March 2019 billing period by building up credit from Powerpacks with better (higher) discounts between now and the March billing period.
    Originally posted by fewkeste
    OMG! I was thinking about going for Powershop, but after reading the expert advice from fewkeste, it sounds like playing the Stock Market
    • fewkeste
    • By fewkeste 23rd Oct 18, 1:31 AM
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    It can be a variable length of time
    Thanks, fewkeste, that's useful to know.

    How soon after switching do you get access to Powerpacks?
    Originally posted by Umiamz
    The amount of time before your online account goes live does vary. Once your online account is live you can buy Powerpacks.

    If you read back on this thread a few pages you will see that someone reported going live in a very short time period (around the two week mark I think.)

    In my case because there was a problem with my previous supplier, I waited about 10 weeks but that would not be the norm.

    When your account does go live, buy all powerpacks offered (with the exception of the poor value March Future Packs of course.)

    You can learn a great deal about being an efficient/effective Powershop customer by reading this thread from the very beginning. It may seem a slog but you will be much better informed if you invest the time in gleaning the valuable knowledge in this thread.

    Also, when you have an online Powershop account, things will become much clearer.
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