Monday, 29 July 2013

Dual Fuel Energy Quotes & How They're Affecting Me...

It would be nice to be self sufficient in supplying my home with electricity, but as we all know, the energy we make from our roof isn't necessarily the energy we need.
One thing is certain however, if you have PV panels on your roof, you're going to use less electricity from the grid. 

My electricity bills have fallen by 30% over the past two years and I'm very grateful for the cost saving. But, now that all energy suppliers have phased out "no standing charge" deals I'm going to be paying more on each quarterly bill.

It has always been difficult to get an attractive quote from the big 6 energy companies. Privatisation was intended to give the consumer more choice, whilst competition would drive prices down. In reality, the differences between the various companies had been measured in £'s rather than 10's or 100's.
That was the case until Ofgem poked it's nose in. They're supposed to be championing OUR cause, but it's hard to find evidence of them being effective.

I used one of the "switching" sites to get the quotes below. The range of prices for supplying my energy needs in 2013/14  range from £827 to £961. 

The most annoying part of the quotes are the "standing charges", they make up 8.5% of the annual bill from energy newcomer FlowEnergy, but surprise, surprise, Npower comes in with a massive 32% annual bill total. 

My usage of gas during the summer months falls to minimal levels, yet I'm still paying the same standing charge for a service I'm not using. It's like buying a £3.00 ticket on a bus to be told there's a further £5.00 for the days I didn't travel.

If I'm not using it, I don't want to pay for it. That's what consumer choice should be based on in a free society. I decide, not some faceless bureaucrat in their ivory tower. 

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