You can switch within 45/49? days before the end of your contract
To prevent you going on to a "standard" tariff you need to start the
switch process at least 4 weeks in advance. There could/will be a 2
week cooling off period and it's unlikely that your new provider will
switch you immediately on the day at the end of the cooling off period.
My last switch took approx 3.5 weeks from the time that I filled in an
on-line form to switch to it actually happening.
On previous switch gas and electricity on a dual fuel deal to another
dual fuel deal have not been switched on the same date.
I have never understood why it takes so long to change electricity
supplier. I can order a years supply of heating oil and have it
delivered the next day, and nearly always between 2 and 3 days after
There is a 14 day cooling off period after your intention has been
confirmed but apart from that the process shouldn't take more than a
few more days.
 Confirmed when you existing supplier is notified by your proposed
Albeit a good few years ago BG charged me an exit fee which I later
It was very underhand in the way they took it. It never appeared on any
bill. They just took the amount by DD, separate from the amount in the
last bill. If I hadn't checked my bank account statement it wouldn't
have been noticed!
On Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:00:20 +0100, Harry Bloomfield
Correct - it doesn't answer my question. I simply want to know when
the new tariff kicks in so I can take a meter reading as I keep track
of my charges on a spreadsheet.
The grammar, to me, is ambiguous.
As do I, but I just take a weekly (Sunday) reading, to feed into the
spreadsheet. When I do the annual supplier swap followed by a meter
swap, I just add the old meter swap reading to the new one, to keep the
On Tue, 16 Oct 2018 09:41:33 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (AnthonyL) wrote:
For electricity it would 'end ' at 23:59:59 (or possibly 24:00:00) on the 22nd,
but iirc gas tariffs always start at 6am on the date of first provision, so that
would I think be at 6:00:00 on the 22nd. As for if the time is local or GMT for
domestic supply is one for interpretation after reading the OFGEM guidelines,
For a high volume industrial user actual readings 'during the day' are taken
electronically as in some circumstances the meter may actually change digits too
fast for a visual read. For a domestic user the difference is neither here nor
there and only of concern to paranoid pedantic skinflints.
Either way the readings at the point of changeover for a domestic user are
'estimated' using an industry standard method agreed with OFGEM (and no doubt
available form their website with a bit of searching)
A meter reading supplied by a customer to their new supplier is iirc taken as an
absolute changeover reading if it's made a calendar day before the changeover
date and time.
On Tue, 16 Oct 2018 12:52:04 +0100, The Other Mike
Thanks, this is domestic electricity and I'm not changing supplier,
their rates are simply changing.
Their clarification is (un)helpfully:
"Your current tariff does end of 22nd October, and so at midnight on
23rd October, your new tariff will come into effect."
Or alternatively I get a free day!!
Yep that's me. If I insisted on paying an extra day at the lower rate
I'm sure the supplier would be on my back.
The supplier generally uses the on-line submitted readings
That was covered in another post of mine a few months ago when they
would NOT initially accept my readings!!
Well EDF told me it was the end of the day before the new tariff applies. If
you have agreed on, if not you are put on standard tarrif, but if you are on
economy 7 this will still be maintained just at the new rates, ie it will
not start charging all units the same on the first day if no agreement is in
This newsgroup posting comes to you directly from...
Having done the switch several times over recent years, I am surprised
that there is no option to preset the date for the switch to suit the
customer. You simply agree to the switch then in their own time, they
move you by their own time scale..
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