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40% more gas on the market but the prices are up 40%?
Member Name: thedevilinme
Advantages: Its warm
Disadvantages: Gas prices' are the biggest rip of since printer ink!
Warm enough guys! Thought not. So much for global warming! How is it when its warm they bang on about man-made global warming and when its very cold they say it's a freak winter and so not relevant, November almost the coldest on record. I suppose I'm doing just that as a global warming sceptic with this review this week but the fact that 50% of any gas bill price rise is European green taxes; supposedly to help slow global warming is all you need to know on just how any levels we are being ripped off on with the global warming hype. It's my understanding that the warmer it gets the less gas we are supposed to use. Even though Western Europe is being flooded with new gas pipelines and sources we have seen the price rise 40% from 40% more supply. The problem is the European parliament love those juicy green taxes as do the British government like their tax take from the utilities and so they both have no intention of doing much about the ever increasing price hikes by the big six energy companies here. The higher the price the more they make and the less confidence we have in all three as a consumer. To put it bluntly the market mechanism to decide gas prices is deliberately broken and the feeble regulator is about to be disbanded by Cameron. Get used to profiteering guys.
British Gas are the biggest crooks, charging any customers that have always been with them on the standard tariff 17% higher than any of the other big six, the greedy sods cashing in on vulnerable people who don't know how to switch or intimidated by British Gas when they do switch with demands from old bills, and indeed the new suppliers they move to with greedy monthly bills for your 'estimated usage'. It's those huddled masses that are scared to leave British Gas that keep that 17% in place. But just by switching away from the standard British Gas tariff and having your bill paid online with the same company you can save around £200 per year. But no one is telling enough people that. Why would they. The truth is Thatcher sold off most of our gas storage capacity and so when North Sea oil gas runs down we had to buy in the bulk of our gas from Norway and the like, but nowhere to warehouse the gas and so we cant it in bulk when its really cheap, instead having to buy it all year around and so the price easily manipulated by many factors that commodities like this will be affected by, including wars and politics. The reason why British soldiers are dieing in Afghanistan is to allow a massive web of gas pipes from the old Russian Republics to weave through the country to bypass Russia, especially through Helmund Province, why that area is so much of a blood bath for the allies, the Taliban quite fancying a slice of that oil and gas profit coming through their patch, the only real use for Afghanistan to the west.
Not only do we need the heating on all day because we are bloody freezing but because the pipes will freeze up if we don't have it on. My cousin is a plumber so we are lucky if we have a problem but what we didn't realise is we have to keep the house reasonably warm when we are not in it or the pipes could freeze.
-The 5 key Rules-
#1- Keep the central heating (if you have it) at 12C-15C, if it is forecast to freeze.
#2- Attic pipes are most likely to freeze so keep them insulated. Double lag your hot water tank. Keep your attic hatch open so the warm air can rise and stop the water tank freezing.
#3- Keep kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open so that house pipes under the sink etc can stay tepid. If the pipe does freeze then use warm towels and gentle heat to clear them as if its to hot then they could crack at the joints.
#4- If you are rural then turn off the supply to outside stopcock and taps.
#5- If you are away from your house or flat for a long time then it may be worth draining your cold water system.
Our water, of course can't be switched through another supplier and water meters do offer discounts to smaller families and singletons. We have saved 70 a year with our meter. But even with water the regulator is feeble enough to allow them to push up water prices in times of plenty of bloody water on what we call a typical English summer, just to give the shareholder a decent divvy.
Gas can be switched, of course, always a hassle and can bound to cause family or housemate arguments as you attempt to split and then drive down those bills. The energy companies want to make it hard to switch as it messes them around to and so the big six work together and so not there for the customer. The switching websites tell us how smart we are to change supplier but don't mention they take a 10% commission or fee for every change between the energy suppliers, how they make their money. Seemplez! You then have to question if the switchers have allegiance to certain energy companies and so some gentle engineering in their compare price search engines nudging you the way of that particular company. I guarantee you that if you tap the same information into six separate switching sites no price will be the same, which they should be, the whole point of these sites and the democratic mechanics of the World Wide Web.
If you are ready to switch then a little tip is contest your current providers increase. Energy companies have up to 65 working days after the price increase has been implemented on the bill to inform their customers. Once informed by letter or email of the price increase, you have 20 working days in which to reject the rise. Yep, you can legally reject the increase if you're not happy. We did exactly this. However, you must then make arrangements to switch energy providers within three weeks, the hassle, so only do it if you are sure. Normally the switching process takes around two months, as was the case when we moved to EDF. During that time you can continue to enjoy your current energy prices. In other words, you won't have to worry about paying out more money on the back of any price hikes. What's more, if your particular provider takes the full 65 working days to inform you of these price increases and you then reject them, you could enjoy the lower price for as much as 21 weeks!
We switched from East Midland Electricity to Powergen to save around £100 a year on the electric bill but most of our regions leccy is generated in gas powered stations and so the price soared on the British Gas Bill. So we shopped around and decided to move to EON, which had a deal on at the time in the medium-energy user tariff.
--------Top Tariff Saving--------
First: Utility (iSave Dual Fuel V6) £1, 008, saves £391
Scottish Power (Online Energy Saver 11) £1,047, saves £352
E-on Save Online 4 (Dual Fuel) £1,089, saves £310
The above were the best deals we could get and so we went with EDF as it's in our region. It did take all of those two months to get our first bill and British Gas kept charging us for those two months, regardless of the above rule, and so more phone calls their to get the refund. I'm sure EDF would do the same thing if we were switching the other way and the theory is you get so tired of chasing the money you give up. I don't give up.
The EDF call-centre was British to make things easier and they were polite. I'm sure the nice people of EDF are used to these calls. We all understand massive corporations make their huge wealth by bullying small people, the staff and customer having something in common. Remember that next time. I'm not a call-centre ranter (even on BT's technical line!) and I actually rang up Virgin yesterday to thank them for their excellent first 6 months on their fibre optic broadband service. I can imagine working in a call-centre it's a terrible experience when you have a mortgage to pay.
We pay monthly and so far the bills have been soft to keep us quiet but we do expect that to change once we are into the 18 month contract (that's all they offered). I tend to check the guy who reads the meter with my reading to make sure we don't get ripped off so the number of therms used matches the bill. It's our second biggest bill at £75 behind the mortgage (we fiddled an obscure rebate on the council tax) and so I will be keeping an eye on it. We pay online for the discount and with bills around £10 a week in the summer we have already made what feels like a huge saving. But as global warming is a load of bollocks and the freezing weather set for well into the New Year we fully expect a huge bill next quarter. As far as combining gas and electricity...well that means only one thing only. Booooooooom!
Summary: We are being right royally ripped off
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