I just heard that Powergen is going to increase their gas prices by
24% in March. Can anyone recommend a cheaper supplier who's not likely
to have a similar increase in the near future?
I'm also looking to switch electricity suppliers. I'm currently with
Southern Electric. Any recommendations on that?
disclaimer: I am not an expert on this....
The main problem is that right now, all the suppliers are in a state of
change, Powergen being the 6th to raise it's prices. The others will
have to follow suit soon.
I'd advise waiting before switching, as the process can take 6-8 weeks,
during which time your chosen new provider will increase prices, then
you might be worse off :-(
Personally, I've asked Powergen for their new unit prices. I'll take
meter readings on the 9th March, and submit them to Powergen (then they
can't sting me based on estimated usage etc). I will then review all the
providers based on my past year's actual usage of gas and electric.
in a couple of places - some of the comparison sites do list it, but they hide it well because they don`t get a kickback off them.
They "sub" your supply from SWALEC or Scottish & Southern at present,
but they`re run as a non-profit organisation with "christian ethics"
with no standing charge. They`re geared more towards providing
affordable supplies for low income / low users.
I did some price comparisons and i`m quite a high user - £60/month
each for gas / elec - and although I wouldn`t save a lot, the standing
charge element alone makes a difference in my case.
I can`t comment on their service levels, but I believe from the bumpf
you deal direct with the supplier for any queries, not through them,
so although uswitch tries to scare people away from them with dire
warnings about it being small, you`re actually dealing with the big
boys, not them.
To find it on uswitch, I think you need to select the social tariff
option only, and pick one other specific option (can`t remember what
it was) - otherwise it remains "hidden".
Use uswitch.com...or ukpower.co.uk but as another contributor has suggested
wait until spring (when energy demand falls) for a steadying off of prices.
Unfortunately at the moment energy prices are rising due to us buying on the
world markets which are volatile.
If you want someone who is responsible for this (without getting too
political!) the buck stops with Margaret Thatcher who decided that coal was
no longer needed.
North sea gas was a premium fuel that should only have been used for
domestic and some small business users. She frittered away the stocks by
using most of it in generating electrical power in power stations.
She got her CO2 emission targets and SO2 emissions reduced but as usual with
politics (of any persuasion) short termism rules the day...and we live with
I just wish, for once, we would have someone in power who makes the right
long term decisions affecting all of our futures.
(I have no doubt that this reply will create some reactions?)
Yep. My only regret is that the old bitch is now so far gone that she
can't even understand the consequences of her actions whilst in power.
She ought to be made to live in a rented house on the state pension
(plus pension credit) and face the heating bills which are about to hit
I know someone in that position, and she has just spent the £200 on two
bills alone. She survives because I help her out. 8-(
Without Thatcher, the coal miner would now be on strike, demanding even
higher wages, and the dockers would be refusing to unload foreign coal,
while the poor OAP's were freezing in their houses without electricity.
Breaking the miners' strike was a good thing, they had to be shown that
they do not run the country.