Changing Energy Suppliers

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mrs bouquet

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Changing Energy Suppliers
« on: May 17, 2019, 15:42 »
I am currently with  SSE (Southern Electric) who supply both Gas and Electricity.  I have a fixed 1 year tariff which is due to run out on 28th June.
I have just taken advantage of Mail Finance/energy, who invite you to call for the best suppliers etc.
The best they Suggested  was :- together energy, 1 year fixed.  The reviews for them are terrible.  Then:- Zebra , fixed for 2 years, glowing (ha ha) reviews just £55 dearer than Together.   Next:-  Ovo Energy, £4 dearer than Zebra, for 1 year fixed.   These figures save, apparently, about £200 per year, give or take.
The SSE variable estimate is dearer again by about £30.
Now I cannot see that any energy will actually go down in price, but feel anxious about Zebra being a 2 year contract.
I am old fashioned, it used to be The Gas Board, The Electricity Board when I was a kid.   I know I have to move into the 21st century, and Mail Finance make the switch if I decide to change.  So kind friends, please advise me of any similar experiences with any of   these suppliers.   
I have told the adviser that I must sleep on this, so she is going to 'phone me at 9.30 am in the morning.
So any advice will be most helpful.     Finally, thank you for taking the time to read this.   regards,  Mrs Bouquet
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Re: Changing Energy Suppliers
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2019, 16:10 »
I'm currently with Scottish Power and don't have any issues with them. Personally, how much of your life do you want to spend trying to find the best leccy provider when prices can suddenly change overnight? All you need is a company that you can rely on when there is a problem with their supply or yours. I'd go with the big six because other suppliers have currently fallen by the wayside. You get what you pay for but there's always room to haggle if needs be. 
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JayG

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Re: Changing Energy Suppliers
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2019, 16:12 »
Nobody can predict what will happen to energy prices over the next year, never mind two years, so there's a chance you could lose out, but as you say, it's probably not a big risk, and you do have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your energy costs won't rise during the contract period.

I've been with OVO for several years now, and am currently well into the second year of a 2 year fixed price contract, which turns out to have been a good move.
No problems at all with them (they do keep 'recommending' I get a smart meter, as I believe they are all obliged to do, but don't actually insist on it as a requirement to stay with them.)

Not looked recently, but they have had very good reviews over the years.
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Re: Changing Energy Suppliers
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2019, 18:50 »
First Utility (Now renamed Shell Energy) for some years, very competitive tarrifs and not once been caught out for locking in for one or two year fixed rates.

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Re: Changing Energy Suppliers
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2019, 19:58 »
used Ovo before, but check u switch or which.
We generally go for the cheapest and have had 2 companies go bust, the gov changes your supplier for the same amount

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Re: Changing Energy Suppliers
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2019, 21:06 »
Mrs B, we're in the same boat, as I have a 'situation' with Ebico.

Madcat has some ideas I believe, so let's all keep in touch! I refuse to be ripped off by suppliers of any 'services' and don't stop with the electricity companies!

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Re: Changing Energy Suppliers
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2019, 23:12 »
We have had Scottish Power for 5/6 years and have had no issues till the of our latest 2 year fixed deal at £86 pm for duel fuel was due to end. Their new cheapest deal for us would cost £102 pm.
Took the advice from Which mag and looked at Octopus. Took their 1 year fixed price at £83pm. They email a reminder when meter readings are due and when input you can see instant balance and statement/bill. With SP it took 3-4 days.
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Christine

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Re: Changing Energy Suppliers
« Reply #7 on: Yesterday at 14:28 »
I'm with OVO and have no issues - so long as I go on site and put in meter readings the day before the direct debit goes out I have a bill the day after.

I regularly consult uSwitch when I want to change. Because I can have a warm home discount I tick the box there and this does get rid of the smaller start up firms. Mrs B - try uSwitch, don't let them just show you the ones that they will switch you to and do tick the warm home discount if you want to get rid of the smaller ones. It's actually quite easy to switch for yourself. There must be some form of payment for those who list themselves as available to change through any online system.




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