Aye, the prices have gone up a fair bit and are set to rise again at the beginning of December as far as I'm aware. Whilst the idea of a fixed price plan may seem appealing, there is a *slim* chance that the prices will fall and you're already paying a higher price for this promise of security. I'd be more inclined to find a capped plan, whereby you have the security of a maximum price but also if the prices fall, you won't be paying over the odds. What you need to be careful with when choosing plans is the cost of termination if you want to switch to another supplier. Eg. If memory serves me from working for in energy sales a couple of years back, British gas have (or did have) a cancellation fee of the best part of £100 if you wanted to get out before your contract ends - always best to check that there's no or very little of a cancellation fee. Sometimes what you can save anually with another supplier will be nulled by your cancellation fee from current supplier, so you wouldn't see the benefit for the first while. A good thing to look at when choosing a supplier & plan is to compare the unit rates/standing charge/no standing charge & your usage, as you could wind up having higher rates. All companies will say they can save you money, and a few companies have been known to bugger about with quotes via phone sales as it's all target-driven, so if comparing I'd suggesting checking places like uswitch and the suppliers sites. Hopefully that's helpful - I'm in the process of looking at switching again but holding off until all the price rises are done incase I switch now and a few weeks down the line I find that they've become more expensive than my current supplier - such a hassle!
Thanks for the reply Maz...it's a bit of a nightmare and gamble all in one!
I've been on a very good tariff and it's only now I'm realising just how good it was.
I've put all the figures in as if I was already moved onto the new tariff I'm considering with the same supplier and none of the other companies can offer any improvement, in fact most are considerably higher so as far as fixed rates go,. it's certainly worth considering!
I might be able to save a few quid if I split it into two separate suppliers but nothing worth the hassle. I've been with Scotish Power and I must admit their service is excellent when I've rung them this last two days...when there is a telephone queue, they even give you an automated estimate of how long it will be when they ring you back and they're very true to their word. I looked at that newish company called OVO but their customer service reviews seems to be bad - they may be a bit cheaper but would it be worth the hassle if things go a bit wrong which seems to be pretty frequent with them!
I'll check out the 'capped ' options too if I have time as that might be a good option!
I've heard of companies like OVO, utility warehouse etc. but can't say I know much about them - best thing to do is check reviews to see how they fair.
However, I'm now going to review how we actually use energy as it seems from my observations that my partner and I are very wasteful .......
We will miss you posting here then!