Time to switch, now the weather is getting colder!

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Found 14th Oct 2009
I have decided to switch my fuel to another supplier because the weather is now getting colder and my bills need to get smaller.

I have used the below link to check which supplier is the cheapest for me and I have saved £228 a year and also gained £30 for using this site to switch.

I hope it can be of use to somebody.

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if you went through quidco direct you prob would have got more, some fuel companies offering 80 quid

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lomaxm01;6574321

if you went through quidco direct you prob would have got more, some fuel … if you went through quidco direct you prob would have got more, some fuel companies offering 80 quid



I forgot about them, I was reading mse and I decided to try this link.

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please check everything out before switching, tie ins, tariff prices, discounts, etc, etc these sites dont always show the best

Thanks DLM just changed the tariff with Eon and saved a bit on the dual fuel with 13.7% saving instead off 8% all done online as well

Works out to £56 per year based on previous bills

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mikebike;6574503

Thanks DLM just changed the tariff with Eon and saved a bit on the dual … Thanks DLM just changed the tariff with Eon and saved a bit on the dual fuel with 13.7% saving instead off 8% all done online as well



I never thought to switch but my current supplier would only reduce my monthly direct debit by £10 and the saving I have made is on top of their £10 reduction.

DLM;6574531

I never thought to switch but my current supplier would only reduce my … I never thought to switch but my current supplier would only reduce my monthly direct debit by £10 and the saving I have made is on top of their £10 reduction.




No no no, never every go by direct debits amounts it means absolutely nothing !

When using comparason sites always put in your yearly consumption not your direct debit amount as this gives false results

Hi everyone,
I went into that site a couple of weeks ago to have a look and eon said they could save me around £330 a year. My problem is that my usage is going to be less than previously as I live on my own now. I am wondering if anyone thinks I would be best to start afresh with new meter readings and pay by quarterly bill for a while ,as I really need to cut down my monthly outgoings drastically. I have always paid by direct debit in the past so I know they will base new direct debits on past usage.Any advice would be much appreciated.

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rosie2008;6574809

Hi everyone, I went into that site a couple of weeks ago to have a look … Hi everyone, I went into that site a couple of weeks ago to have a look and eon said they could save me around £330 a year. My problem is that my usage is going to be less than previously as I live on my own now. I am wondering if anyone thinks I would be best to start afresh with new meter readings and pay by quarterly bill for a while ,as I really need to cut down my monthly outgoings drastically. I have always paid by direct debit in the past so I know they will base new direct debits on past usage.Any advice would be much appreciated.



just check the tariff prices you pay now, and those of the company your thinking of changing to


see most companies charge you say 15p on the 1st 123 units used and then say 7p pre unit thereafter so knowing what units you are using is far more important than your diect debit payment, as some other companies charge say 14p for the 1st 230 units and say 6p there after,. second looks alot better, but infact unless your using enough units to cover this it may well not be

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deanos;6574571

No no no, never every go by direct debits amounts it means absolutely … No no no, never every go by direct debits amounts it means absolutely nothing !When using comparason sites always put in your yearly consumption not your direct debit amount as this gives false results



I have done this also and it still tells me to switch to the same company.

sassie;6574832

just check the tariff prices you pay now, and those of the company your … just check the tariff prices you pay now, and those of the company your thinking of changing to



Will do sassi,thanks,Do you think i would be better paying by quarterly bill for a while as my usage is going to far less now?

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rosie2008;6574866

Will do sassi,thanks,Do you think i would be better paying by quarterly … Will do sassi,thanks,Do you think i would be better paying by quarterly bill for a while as my usage is going to far less now?



it really doesnt matter whther you pay quarterly or monthly or yearly, but i do get what ya mean you dont want high dd costs each month if your bills are gonna be alot less, cant really advise unless you gonna take a guess on what usage may be, compare your old bills and see how much less you think your gonna lose and go with that

sassie;6574894

it really doesnt matter whther you pay quarterly or monthly or yearly, … it really doesnt matter whther you pay quarterly or monthly or yearly, but i do get what ya mean you dont want high dd costs each month if your bills are gonna be alot less, cant really advise unless you gonna take a guess on what usage may be, compare your old bills and see how much less you think your gonna lose and go with that



Ok,thanks:thumbsup:

DLM;6574864

I have done this also and it still tells me to switch to the same company.




Thats cool then, but others may not reaslie, you always need to use consumption figures:thumbsup:

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deanos;6575218

Thats cool then, but others may not reaslie, you always need to use … Thats cool then, but others may not reaslie, you always need to use consumption figures:thumbsup:



Thanks, I think I worked it out right :thumbsup:

rosie2008;6574809

Hi everyone, I went into that site a couple of weeks ago to have a look … Hi everyone, I went into that site a couple of weeks ago to have a look and eon said they could save me around £330 a year. My problem is that my usage is going to be less than previously as I live on my own now. I am wondering if anyone thinks I would be best to start afresh with new meter readings and pay by quarterly bill for a while ,as I really need to cut down my monthly outgoings drastically. I have always paid by direct debit in the past so I know they will base new direct debits on past usage.Any advice would be much appreciated.





Just a quick update from me. I haven`t changed supplier yet as I couldn`t make up my mind who to go with:oops: In the meantime I phoned my energy supplier and explained my situation.
He asked me how much did I think my bill would be reduced by and I told him I really dont know so could he just give me a figure for my direct debits. He has cut my DDs to less than half:-D I will monitor it until I decide which new supplier to go with. He also told me he could give me a monitor so that I can see what my daily electricity is costing me. Sounds good to me.:thumbsup:

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Hi Rosie,

Hope you are well.

I am glad to see that you are going to save some cash.

Lot's of love x x

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rosie2008;6602676

Just a quick update from me. I haven`t changed supplier yet as I couldn`t … Just a quick update from me. I haven`t changed supplier yet as I couldn`t make up my mind who to go with:oops: In the meantime I phoned my energy supplier and explained my situation.He asked me how much did I think my bill would be reduced by and I told him I really dont know so could he just give me a figure for my direct debits. He has cut my DDs to less than half:-D I will monitor it until I decide which new supplier to go with. He also told me he could give me a monitor so that I can see what my daily electricity is costing me. Sounds good to me.:thumbsup:



Hi Rosie,

Hope you are well.

I am glad to see that you are going to save some cash.

Lot's of love x x

rosie2008;6602676

. He has cut my DDs to less than half:-D :



Cutting your direct debit means nothing, it just means you get more in debt if you are not paying enough, a classic tactic to make you stay and get in debt

deanos;6609581

Cutting your direct debit means nothing, it just means you get more in … Cutting your direct debit means nothing, it just means you get more in debt if you are not paying enough, a classic tactic to make you stay and get in debt



:? You need to reread my posts....... Nowhere did I say I was in debt. My curcumstances have changed:-( and I know I will be using far less gas and electric. I have also said I will be monitoring the situation..................................THAT is to make sure I WONT be going into debt.:)

Thats cool m8, alot of people just go by DD amount not consumption, didnt want you to get in debt , ive been caught out by that underhand tactic b4, didnt want anyone else to do the same

deanos;6609581

Cutting your direct debit means nothing, it just means you get more in … Cutting your direct debit means nothing, it just means you get more in debt if you are not paying enough, a classic tactic to make you stay and get in debt



Isn't it because she's gonna be using less now? So it's better to pay the right amount rather than building up an overpayment in the energy supplier's bank account!


EDIT - I must have written that really slowly as it's been said above now!

deanos;6609640

Thats cool m8, alot of people just go by DD amount not consumption, didnt … Thats cool m8, alot of people just go by DD amount not consumption, didnt want you to get in debt , ive been caught out by that underhand tactic b4, didnt want anyone else to do the same



DD amounts are alright at comparing, as long as you're happy that they're correct. Everyone should know roughly how much they use a month on average. The danger of using usage figures is that people could use a summer bill to work it out and not take account of their winter usage.

sassie;6574894

it really doesnt matter whther you pay quarterly or monthly or yearly, … it really doesnt matter whther you pay quarterly or monthly or yearly, but i do get what ya mean you dont want high dd costs each month if your bills are gonna be alot less, cant really advise unless you gonna take a guess on what usage may be, compare your old bills and see how much less you think your gonna lose and go with that



Best to stick with monthly DD IMO, as you quite often get a discount by paying by that method. Very rarely would you be better off paying via another method as you'd end up paying more for the same energy usage.

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rosie2008;6602676

Just a quick update from me. I haven`t changed supplier yet as I couldn`t … Just a quick update from me. I haven`t changed supplier yet as I couldn`t make up my mind who to go with:oops: In the meantime I phoned my energy supplier and explained my situation.He asked me how much did I think my bill would be reduced by and I told him I really dont know so could he just give me a figure for my direct debits. He has cut my DDs to less than half:-D I will monitor it until I decide which new supplier to go with. He also told me he could give me a monitor so that I can see what my daily electricity is costing me. Sounds good to me.:thumbsup:


Why good? All you are doing is building up a future big bill.

I switched to EON as now the cheapest for me and £60 quidco already tracked :thumbsup:

Only switched to BG 10 months ago (another £100 quidco)

Nice work :-D

csiman;6609676

Why good? All you are doing is building up a future big bill.I switched … Why good? All you are doing is building up a future big bill.I switched to EON as now the cheapest for me and £60 quidco already tracked :thumbsup:Only switched to BG 10 months ago (another £100 quidco)Nice work :-D



:roll: Can ya reread me posts please. I was gonna go with eon actually but not made me mind up yet. Wanna make sure I AM getting the best deal i can get.. As my posts say........................I AM monitoring:) I`m just a very cautious lady and dont wanna get ripped off.

Benjimoron;6609644

Isn't it because she's gonna be using less now? So it's better to pay the … Isn't it because she's gonna be using less now? So it's better to pay the right amount rather than building up an overpayment in the energy supplier's bank account!EDIT - I must have written that really slowly as it's been said above now!



Benjimoron;6609649

DD amounts are alright at comparing, as long as you're happy that they're … DD amounts are alright at comparing, as long as you're happy that they're correct. Everyone should know roughly how much they use a month on average. The danger of using usage figures is that people could use a summer bill to work it out and not take account of their winter usage.



Yes,you`re right.:thumbsup: Just thought I`d add that you can input your meter readings online or phone them in so that you can keep yourself right:thumbsup:

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rosie2008;6609696

:roll: Can ya reread me posts please. I was gonna go with eon actually … :roll: Can ya reread me posts please. I was gonna go with eon actually but not made me mind up yet. Wanna make sure I AM getting the best deal i can get.. As my posts say........................I AM monitoring:) I`m just a very cautious lady and dont wanna get ripped off.


yeah - read it again. All they have done is halve your DD. This wont halve your bill! :whistling:

csiman;6610288

yeah - read it again. All they have done is halve your DD. This wont … yeah - read it again. All they have done is halve your DD. This wont halve your bill! :whistling:



:giggle: I give up this morning,don`t think you`re understanding me. I`ll let ya know if I decide to go with EON:-D My usual problem is I always forget quidco:roll: Now that IS a big fault of mine:?

Benjimoron;6609649

DD amounts are alright at comparing, as long as you're happy that they're … DD amounts are alright at comparing, as long as you're happy that they're correct. Everyone should know roughly how much they use a month on average. The danger of using usage figures is that people could use a summer bill to work it out and not take account of their winter usage.



Thats why you use an ANNUAL figure to get accurate results, direct debit ones never give a true result :thumbsup:

deanos;6610339

Thats why you use an ANNUAL figure to get accurate results, direct debit … Thats why you use an ANNUAL figure to get accurate results, direct debit ones never give a true result :thumbsup:



In an ideal world people would work out exactly how much they use in a typical year, in the real world people know roughly how much it costs them on a monthly basis.

And thats why they wont get a true comparason !

deanos;6610359

And thats why they wont get a true comparason !



It is as long as you put how much it's costing you correctly. People should know how much they're gas/electricity is costing them.

csiman;6610288

yeah - read it again. All they have done is halve your DD. This wont … yeah - read it again. All they have done is halve your DD. This wont halve your bill! :whistling:



re-read it again buddy.

Benjimoron;6610365

It is as long as you put how much it's costing you correctly. People … It is as long as you put how much it's costing you correctly. People should know how much they're gas/electricity is costing them.




energyhelpline.com/xhl…p=1

For the most accurate energy price comparison it is best to enter the … For the most accurate energy price comparison it is best to enter the Kilowatt hours of gas and electricity used annually. This can be obtained by adding up the usage on individual bills or by enquiry to your current provider

deanos;6610385

http://www.energyhelpline.com/xhl/page_a.aspx?ref=fhl_howcalculatorworks_1&p=1



I'm not disputing that it's a very accurate way, I'm just saying that spend is also pretty accurate as long as the figures you're putting in are correct (same applies for usage). Even if the figures are slightly out it will still give a good idea of where the best saving is to be had. It's very unlikely that being 10-20% out on the figures would mean that the tariff it's suggesting suddenly becomes a whole load worse.

On a side note, has anyone noticed Npower don't feature as much as they used to. I did a comparison yesterday and was suprised to see them no where near the top, they used to nearly always be at the top before. I checked on the Npower site using exactly the same figures and Npower said I could save alot more than the comparison services were saying. Based on Npower's figure they would have been near the top, based on uswitch etc they're nowhere near the top.

They can't both be right!

I dont trust U Switch, the best comparason site is energyhelpline.com/ they have all the existing and previous tarrifs to choose from

deanos;6610385

http://www.energyhelpline.com/xhl/page_a.aspx?ref=fhl_howcalculatorworks_1&p=1



lol I`m back again. Yes, now you see that is the best way to do it.....annually. My case is different though as I need to cut back costs and as I know for sure that my bills are going to be alot less,I want to monitor them monthly with fresh meter readings. Just to keep myself right until I decide which new supplier to go with. If I do that then I can increase the DD if I feel the need to do that.
Thanks for eveyones input, I really gotta go now. Need to switch the pc off to save a bit of leccy:w00t::-D

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Benjimoron;6610368

re-read it again buddy.


I have. All her current supplier has agreed to is to halve the direct debit payment, NOT the rate she is being charged per unit.

All that will happen is that she will use more leccy than she is paying so will have an ever increasing debt to the supplier
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