I'm offered the choice from my own energy provider of a considerable price hike (if I remain with the current tariff) or a slightly smaller increase if I choose an alternative tariff with them.
I can then look around using 'price comparison' web sites to check the deals on offer ( Uswitch is such a site but there others doing a similar job).
|The UK home energy market it's not clever |
and it's not smart
These websites do most of the work for you if you decide to change provider - and there's some sort of scheme that ensures that it happens in a timely manner.
So I looked at the competing offers and found that I could 'save' £350 by changing provider (tfor me it's a company new to me -flow)
Now I did quite a bit of work with the CAB talking to people about energy and switching suppliers but I'm still slightly concerned when I make this (seemingly) annual change - I remind myself that the gas and electricity coming through the pipes and wires is the same and that I'm unlikely to need to talk to the call centres or get involved with the company if they can manage the billing -(not always the case for me).
So how do people older and in financial disarray manage - well they are the ones penalised by this Alice in Wonderland idea of competition - if all companies had the same (or no) fixed charge the only comparisons would be on unit charge and how they managed the customer -
At the moment it really does seem that the UK home energy market is not working as a competitive market should and as usual those paying the highest prices are those least able to afford it.
|Come and see me|
I'll be out and about by Ealing Town hall later today - come and chat about my project - near the sign below!
Red 75Plenty of Red here by the Town Hall and it is surely not the 'worst'
|Just by the Town Hall|