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Switching energy suppliers

emodan Avatar
3y, 1m agoPosted 3 years, 1 month ago
So for the first time in my adult life i am needing to swap energy suppliers currently with southern electric and my price per unit appears much higher than any other supplier. Just wondering how easy it is to switch and which companies to avoid
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3y, 1m agoPosted 3 years, 1 month ago
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#1
i would recommend EDF or Eon. Both offer cheap rates and also have great customer service.
#2
If you value your time and sanity then please, for the love of god, AVOID npower. I have had soo many problems with them and it would seem I'm not the only one: http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews82622.html
#3
i am also considering switching but have meters in my home which where in when i moved in ideally would like them removed as its more expensive on meters have been advised to use uswitch online

Edited By: linw on Oct 12, 2013 14:09
#5
Hi

This will help.

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/cheapenergyclub

Find the cheapest deal

Clear your cookies and then sign up via top cash back as you may get a better cash back deal for moving though them.

Just movd to marks and spencer energy. You'll need to choose your own deal.

It's hard to work out the very cheapest due the standing charge etc......still worth doing.

Good look. Post back who you choose.
#6



Good call
#7
linw
i am also considering switching but have meters in my home which where in when i moved in ideally would like them removed as its more expensive on meters have been advised to use uswitch online
I used uswitch and received £30 cashback - shame I switched to npower lol
banned#8
avoid npower at all costs
#9
I was with southern electric and now with first utility. Used uswitch very quick and easy and saved £500 a year. Plus capped til April 2015.
#10
uswitch are very good, would recommend them
banned#11
I am with southern through M&S and M&S is giving me vouchers first when I joined them, then staying with them & then if I save some electricity. My bill has also gone up. I think First utility would be the best one for their no price change promise till 2015. I heard this from a guy who is with ACN (MLM) & if you take one of their services including Gas+Electricty (first utility) you will get a little percentage from your bill back in your account. Also as others have said say NO to NPOWER & EDF I wasted 100s of my pounds with these companies.
#12
selenabowles
If you value your time and sanity then please, for the love of god, AVOID npower. I have had soo many problems with them and it would seem I'm not the only one: http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews82622.html
AMEN to that ,Npower are dreadful ,if it means anything i switched to flow energy 3 months ago they don't tie you in like the big six they promise to keep prices low and keep customers happy http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4586989&highlight=flow+energy
#13
I just changed supplier yesterday from OVO (who have been the most straightforward Ive ever dealt with) to EDF. I changed via the Martin Lewis Cheap Energy club, but also did my own checks too. The EDF blue? something that is fixed until March 2015 is the one I've gone for as that will give me two winters at a slightly lower rate than my new OVO rate is.

NPower were offering a slightly cheaper deal, but I have a file four centimetres thick from all the horror I experienced as their customer some years ago. They are horrendous to deal with, by far the very worst supplier out of about nine that I've dealt with and I wouldnt go back to them even if I would save £200 a year. I had to spend 22 months sorting out a complete nightmare of their causing and only managed to in the end because I had all the paperwork, the name and time of every person I spoke to, what they said in each call, etc.
#14
Avoid the big 6 cartel, I am with OVO and very happy, they even pay 3% interest on credit balances.
#15
Inactive
Avoid the big 6 cartel, I am with OVO and very happy, they even pay 3% interest on credit balances.

Ovo isnt the cheapest though, and they can always change over to Ovo in the future. Why avoid the big six if they can get a fixed deal for two winters? Ive just read that though Ovo are great to sign up with, theyre terirble when you try to leave. Fingers crossed I dont have that issue. And the 3% interest is pennies.

I pay £85 a month with Ovo dual fuel, i would be paying £9 less with NPower (but I hate them). I will be saving £6 or £7 a month with EDF, it's not to be sniffed at, especially as I'll be saving it for about 18 months. I'll also get £30 cashback, though that was just a bonus, I wouldn't choose my supplier on cashback.

Edited By: therealslimkaty on Oct 13, 2013 03:12
banned#16
therealslimkaty
Inactive
Avoid the big 6 cartel, I am with OVO and very happy, they even pay 3% interest on credit balances.

Ovo isnt the cheapest though, and they can always change over to Ovo in the future. Why avoid the big six if they can get a fixed deal for two winters? Ive just read that though Ovo are great to sign up with, theyre terirble when you try to leave. Fingers crossed I dont have that issue. And the 3% interest is pennies.

I pay £85 a month with Ovo dual fuel, i would be paying £9 less with NPower (but I hate them). I will be saving £6 or £7 a month with EDF, it's not to be sniffed at, especially as I'll be saving it for about 18 months. I'll also get £30 cashback, though that was just a bonus, I wouldn't choose my supplier on cashback.
how did you compare edf to ovo

do not use uswitch etc figures! they are usually wrong. always use unit rates.

i am with ovo and just did a comparison with edf

gas is 25% more and electricity was 45% more than ovo oO
#17
My Daughter is with EDF, she has had nightmares with them, I will stick with OVO, great service from them, I left SSE because of their blatant incompetence.

It seems that the big 6 cartel are all as bad as each other.
banned#18
Inactive
My Daughter is with EDF, she has had nightmares with them, I will stick with OVO, great service from them, I left SSE because of their blatant incompetence.

It seems that the big 6 cartel are all as bad as each other.
same here with edf

incompetent to say the least
#19
Well... it would appear that they're all as bad as each other, but people have different experiences with different companies.

@ csiman, I did the comparison on the martin lewis cheap energy club. wow that's weird ! But then it seems that the part of the UK you're in makes a difference too. I don't know how they work it all out.

Now I'm panicking! Im usually very careful but I trusted Martin! I'm off to check the actual tariffs and compare now, will report back.

....

ok back, haha. Right, here are my results. I went to both the EDF site and the OVO site and downloaded the pdfs with the tariffs. OVO do daily price for standing charge, EDF do monthly. So I've put both in for each (making 30.4 days a month), so it's easier to compare. For me, the EDF tariff is 20p cheaper per month for the standing charges ( lol not exactly a deal breaker :p ), but the gas and electricity rates are both cheaper too. So that, but mainly it being a fixed tariff til March 2015, made me change over. The £30 cashback is just a nice bonus, as I'd never change over for cashback. There are different rates for different parts of the country, maybe that's why yours is different?

Ovo new energy variable
gas standing charge............... £7 per month (23.1p/day) .............kWh = 3.91p
electricity standing charge.......£7 per month (23.1p/day).............kWh = 12.53p

edf blue+ price promise march 2015
gas standing charge................(£8.06 p/month) 26.25p per day......kWh = 3.572p
electricity standing charge........(£5.74 p/month) 18.9p per day.......kWh = 11.88p.








Edited By: therealslimkaty on Oct 13, 2013 16:46: to update.
#20
therealslimkaty
Well... it would appear that they're all as bad as each other, but people have different experiences with different companies.

@ csiman, I did the comparison on the martin lewis cheap energy club. wow that's weird ! But then it seems that the part of the UK you're in makes a difference too. I don't know how they work it all out.

Now I'm panicking! Im usually very careful but I trusted Martin! I'm off to check the actual tariffs and compare now, will report back.


You do realise that he sold the website a couple of years ago to Moneysupermarket.:(
banned#21
therealslimkaty
Well... it would appear that they're all as bad as each other, but people have different experiences with different companies.

@ csiman, I did the comparison on the martin lewis cheap energy club. wow that's weird ! But then it seems that the part of the UK you're in makes a difference too. I don't know how they work it all out.

Now I'm panicking! Im usually very careful but I trusted Martin! I'm off to check the actual tariffs and compare now, will report back.

....

ok back, haha. Right, here are my results. I went to both the EDF site and the OVO site and downloaded the pdfs with the tariffs. OVO do daily price for standing charge, EDF do monthly. So I've put both in for each (making 30.4 days a month), so it's easier to compare. For me, the EDF tariff is 20p cheaper per month for the standing charges, and the gas and electricity rates are both cheaper too. There are different rates for different parts of the country, maybe that's why yours is different?

Ovo new energy variable
gas standing charge £7 per month (23.1p/day) . kWh = 3.91p
electricity standing charge £7 per month. (23.1p/day) kWh = 12.53p

edf blue+ price promise march 2015
gas standing charge 26.25p per day. (£8.06 p/month) kWh = 3.572p
electricity standing charge 18.9p per day. (£5.74 p/month) kWh = 11.88p.



i pay 3.23 / 10.8 capped until march
#22
csiman
therealslimkaty
Well... it would appear that they're all as bad as each other, but people have different experiences with different companies.

@ csiman, I did the comparison on the martin lewis cheap energy club. wow that's weird ! But then it seems that the part of the UK you're in makes a difference too. I don't know how they work it all out.

Now I'm panicking! Im usually very careful but I trusted Martin! I'm off to check the actual tariffs and compare now, will report back.

....

ok back, haha. Right, here are my results. I went to both the EDF site and the OVO site and downloaded the pdfs with the tariffs. OVO do daily price for standing charge, EDF do monthly. So I've put both in for each (making 30.4 days a month), so it's easier to compare. For me, the EDF tariff is 20p cheaper per month for the standing charges, and the gas and electricity rates are both cheaper too. There are different rates for different parts of the country, maybe that's why yours is different?

Ovo new energy variable
gas standing charge £7 per month (23.1p/day) . kWh = 3.91p
electricity standing charge £7 per month. (23.1p/day) kWh = 12.53p

edf blue+ price promise march 2015
gas standing charge 26.25p per day. (£8.06 p/month) kWh = 3.572p
electricity standing charge 18.9p per day. (£5.74 p/month) kWh = 11.88p.



i pay 3.23 / 10.8 capped until march

Ahh okay, so youre on a capped deal that isnt available now?
banned#23
therealslimkaty
csiman
therealslimkaty
Well... it would appear that they're all as bad as each other, but people have different experiences with different companies.

@ csiman, I did the comparison on the martin lewis cheap energy club. wow that's weird ! But then it seems that the part of the UK you're in makes a difference too. I don't know how they work it all out.

Now I'm panicking! Im usually very careful but I trusted Martin! I'm off to check the actual tariffs and compare now, will report back.

....

ok back, haha. Right, here are my results. I went to both the EDF site and the OVO site and downloaded the pdfs with the tariffs. OVO do daily price for standing charge, EDF do monthly. So I've put both in for each (making 30.4 days a month), so it's easier to compare. For me, the EDF tariff is 20p cheaper per month for the standing charges, and the gas and electricity rates are both cheaper too. There are different rates for different parts of the country, maybe that's why yours is different?

Ovo new energy variable
gas standing charge £7 per month (23.1p/day) . kWh = 3.91p
electricity standing charge £7 per month. (23.1p/day) kWh = 12.53p

edf blue+ price promise march 2015
gas standing charge 26.25p per day. (£8.06 p/month) kWh = 3.572p
electricity standing charge 18.9p per day. (£5.74 p/month) kWh = 11.88p.



i pay 3.23 / 10.8 capped until march

Ahh okay, so youre on a capped deal that isnt available now?
probably

will switch in march if cheaper elsewhere than their increased rates but no saving would ever get me to go with npower or edf again

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