Dullness Personified: Switching Gas and Electricity.

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Dullness Personified: Switching Gas and Electricity.

Post by rosy » Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:04 pm

I had an email today from Ikea's Big Clean Switch campaign, which prompted me to log into my npower app. I'm in credit by £190 (last bill less than a month ago) even though they refunded £45 to me in June. So I rang them to ask if I could have the credit balance back or lower my payments, and also told them that I have a log burner so won't be putting the central heating on so often. They said no. It's my money! :flo:

So I've set in motion a switch to another supplier which apparently uses 100% renewable sources of electricity, will reduce my monthly payments and more importantly will mean npower have to refund my credit balance once I've paid the final bill.

So, do you regularly switch to get better tariffs, or is your supplier holding onto loads of your money?

Edited to add: I've just noticed there's a referrer ID on that link. I'm not trying to make money out of anyone (I don't think I get any even if anyone follows that link) so google Big Clean Switch instead if you are interested.
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Re: Dullness Personified: Switching Gas and Electricity.

Post by smalex » Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:54 am

We changed about 6 months ago. S works for a fairly big energy company who do lots of green energy tariffs so we swapped to them, but tbf when I compared them they were pretty much the cheapest (out of any of the companies who I'd heard of anyway). We get 3% interest on any credit, which is better than my bloody bank accounts :lol:

I don't switch particularly often.

It's obviously worth shopping around but some of the very small companies are a shambles and regularly go bust, apparently. S's company have absorbed quite a number in the last year.

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Re: Dullness Personified: Switching Gas and Electricity.

Post by Kenickie » Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:13 am

Wow, that interest is really good! I currently just pay for what I use but I'm minded to switch to them and over pay any money I've got free for savings.
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Re: Dullness Personified: Switching Gas and Electricity.

Post by smalex » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:05 am

There is a maximum cap I think (I did suggest to S we overpaid by the equivalent of our life savings :lol: ). I used to be very strictly anti paying via DD because I hated them holding my money, but earning interest won me over. I *think* you can get it back any time you like but don't quote me on that.

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Re: Dullness Personified: Switching Gas and Electricity.

Post by Glint » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:45 am

The DD thing is what stops me from switching. Why should I pay for something I haven't used yet. I get my gas and electricity bills quarterly, and pay for what I've used. Every time I get the bills in or price increase notification I always say I'll switch but never do.

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Re: Dullness Personified: Switching Gas and Electricity.

Post by Starry » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:57 am

I switch regularly. Get the promo rate for a year and switch to a new provider. I pay by direct debit but it’s only for what you use. The occasional bill is estimated but I can send in the readings through an app. I think it’s very different over here, the idea of a set amount being taken regardless of use is only on a few plans.

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