Ot apols but I just wonder what views here on whether it is now worth
looking at switching Gas supplier from (Cartel member) Brit. Gas to
some other cartel member? (News to day is a 7% increase is on the way
I never have done this before because (for even more OT reasons) I
would only want to change gas supplier and not gas and electric. A few
years ago I started to look into this and all the "changers" would
only do both. Maybe it's different now.
I've always found when one goes up they generally all go up not unless you
signed up for one of the "price freeze deals."
I've stopped switching as the change over never went smooth and we always
ended up having to pay a large amount in a one off payment.
I've had mine with separate provides for some time. Of course you have take the
dual fuel discount into account when working out any savings. As has been said,
once one make a move , the rest invariably follow, so it may be waiting a couple
of months to see what happens, though apparently EDF have said they wont
increase until after the winter.
I have changed suppliers many times and never had any problems with it.
If you wish to keep your existing electricity supplier, you could
probably have them supply your gas too. Whoever you get it from, it's
the same old gas (I'm sure there's a song in there somewhere) so the
only really long term savings will depend on how efficient the
administrative office is and their margins - all of which have been
cut to the bone in recent years, so the savings one-t'other won't
be that significant.
The main benefits come from getting a dual-fuel deal and opting for
paperless billing. You'll probably be tied into a minimum term
contract, so decide carefully.
Apropos topcashback or quidco. They are offering some attractive
payments, which sweetens the deal. However, none of the stuff I've
bought through quidco (including a gas+elec transfer and car insurance)
this year has paid out anything. The energy one "declined" me and
none of the others have even tracked, despite follow-ups with
quidco. The offers are only good if you actually get the money.
I guess in times of recession, retailers don't want to pay out
You're probably doing something wrong regarding cookies - check the info
on their sites. I don't think I ever have a problem.
Personally, amongst numerous other smaller payments, quidco have paid me
the following GBP this year:
EDF (gas/electric transfer) - 60
Vodafone (mobile phone contract) - 70
e2save.com (mobile phone contract - 65
quoteline direct (two insurance policies) - 60
Worth noting that in each case, the deals concerned were the best
*without* considering the cashback: I always regard that as a bonus so
if it does fail to track, I'm not losing out.
Quidco etc is a complete no-brainer as far as I'm concerned!
It's always worth having a check to compare your current tariff, esp as
tariffs come and go. Though I think there is a bit less of the use a
tariff to get new customers type thing. BG CEO (I think) was on the
radio the other day and one of his points was that they want loyal
customers who are going to stay for a bit, promiscuous switchers cost
Though once one increase the others will no doubt follow as well.
AFAIK It's always been possible to have just gas or Elec (not everybody
has both for starters), though they like to push the dual fuel deals of
course. I currently have elec with Bg and gas with Npower, as it worked
out cheaper for us to have single fuel tariffs.
I normally check once or twice a year, though haven't switched suppliers
for a few years as the tariffs have remained competitive.
I've switched a few times over the years and not really had any
problems, once the new supplier got the wrong meter reading on their
system somehow, but it was easily sorted.
I usually use Energylinx to check the tariffs, then check likely looking
ones with the actual suppliers, the switching sites don't always seem to
get it right. If you are still on a standard tariff then there are
certainly better deals to be hand
As it seems likely from what you say that you are on an old standard
tarrif the chances are you will make a significant saving by
switching. You don't have to go for a dual fuel tarrif but you do get
better rates if you do.
Best deals are normally found by going for a monthly fixed direct
debit, paperless billing and online meter readings. For the
comparison sites to give meaningful numbers you also need to know how
much gas you use, on average, over a year.
The snag now that BG have announced a price rise is that the others
are very likely to follow over the next few months and you could
switch to a supllier that bumps their prices up rather more. A fixed
price fixed term deal might be a shrewd move but remember to check
what tarrif you end up on when the term expires now and just before
I've switched electricity without any problems and only keep a vague
check on the tarrifs. I simply visit a comparison site or two once a
year or so just to check I've not been left behind. There normally
are a few fixed term fixed rate deals that are less than a penny/unit
cheaper but the hassle of remembering to check before the term ends
possibly switching again etc isn't worth the saving.
In general, dual fuel deals might well be better for most users (though
isn't it really down to the bonus you get after so long, rather than
better rates a such?), but as ever, not always.
Last few times I've checked it's still been better for us to have
separate suppliers. I suspect that because our winter gas consumption is
pretty high (gas CH, pretty big Victorian house etc.) a cheaper gas
price gas be better than the saving on dual fuel.
I'm sure you have good reasons, but if you're stayed on standard
tarifs from legacy gad and electric suppliers, you've possibly thrown
thousands of pounds away over the years.
Glad you reminded me to check though. We're with Atlantic (now
Southern), which have been the cheapest for us for a long time, but u-
switch says no longer! Will have to check properly.
Some of these companies make it intentionally confusing with umpteen
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