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People Urged To Register For Cheaper Gas And Electric Bills

Tuesday February 5 2013

BARNSLEY residents could save hundreds of pounds on their gas and electricity bills.

The YORswitch Cheaper Energy Together scheme aims to gather the interest of residents who want to pay less for their energy by switching energy tariffs and suppliers.

Barnsley Council and Berneslai Homes are working alongside other Yorkshire areas to pool together as many residents as possible who want to find lower energy prices.

Helen Jaggar, from Berneslai Homes, said: “This is an amazing opportunity for local residents to cut their energy bills during these tough economic times.”

On 9 April, energy companies big and small will offer their cheapest energy deal based on the number of households that have registered their interest.

Registration commences on 15th February 2013.

For further details, click here.

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Reply Posted by Mr Me on Tuesday February 5 2013 at 10:02
And dont forget, mid 2013, registration will open again for warmer homes discount. Always make sure that you have a letter of confirmation through your provider.

If possible, dont try and fix your tariff price either. The harshness of it is, if you protect your rate for, say, 2 years, when you roll off that tariff you may see a massive increase in your payment scheme, to reflect the new (inflated) unit price.

IMHO, go for online tariffs with online management, also look at such things like British Gas' energy smart where you can have your account billed monthly, whereby you can check you consumptions and note any increase and better prepare for future bills, and not be shocked by quarterly (especially worst winter bills)

Anyone on benefits and struggling to pay fuel costs could look at fuel direct, and in such extreme situations of fuel debt, you could try energy trust grants.

Hope this helps...

Reply Posted by moz ryan on Tuesday February 5 2013 at 10:07
sounds great im useing a fortune a week but does this go for the pple who use key and card meters as its saying show your bill what we can save i dnt get bills just constantly feeding meter .

Reply Posted by Mr Me on Tuesday February 5 2013 at 10:15
PAYGE is always a grey area. The good news is you can top up at home using a USB device that connects to your computer. You just insert your payment device into USB device, make a debit card transaction, the information/topup is applied to the device, the you just pop it back in the device. Says having to go to outlets everytime.
As for the "feeding" of the meter, if there is a debt on the meter (for example), the gas takes the "weekly recovery rate" once week (usually wednesday if memory serves), and electricity is a percentage of the weekly recovery rate every 101minutes. Please check with your provider however for this information.

Always, and I mean ALWAYS keep a log of all transactions, if possible weekly meter reads, and the level of debt (if any) to make sure that you are not paying more on a weekly recovery rate than you should be.

Reply Posted by Mr Me on Tuesday February 5 2013 at 10:16
says = saves time...sorry was in a rush :o)

Reply Posted by moz ryan on Tuesday February 5 2013 at 10:30
thanks mr me for feedback im not in debt with them i was 3 yr ago but all paid what i owed but gas at least 5 aday hard to keep up with so defo need a change of supplier thanx again .

Reply Posted by Mick on Tuesday February 5 2013 at 13:56
It is great that the Council & Bernslai are teaming up to help people with this BUT If you have the internet & are willing to pay by Direct Debit you will be able to get a better deal on your own by finding the suppliers cheapest tariffs.
The respected MoneySavingExpert site launched a free price check & switching service yesterday and it was notable that they said that these bulk switching deals have never been as good as the best products that are already out there.

I disagree with Mr Me about price fixing. These deals can be a good way to protect yourself from future price rises IF you believe that the price of fuel is inevitably going to rise in the long term. Of course if you have had fixed prices for 2 or 3 years you will get a hefty rise afterwards as you catch up with new market rates but you will have saved hundreds of pounds in the period between. Personally i'm on a fixed rate deal from 2011 to 2014. There is not a single deal on the market today that is as cheap as my tariff.

Not all fixed term deals are good though as some charge a higher price than the current variable tarriff, but for some people there is still a benefit in these if it is very important to you to know that your bill cannot rise for a period of time.

As always the devil is in the detail and the cheapest deal for one person will not be the cheapest for another. It depends how much gas & electricity you use. If you can shop around yourself you should, but if you are on the basic standard tariffs that the suppliers offer this service the council is offering will save you money.

Reply Posted by Dawn on Tuesday February 5 2013 at 17:02
I pay mine with card n key online at home its loads better than having to go to shop :)

Reply Posted by Mr Me on Tuesday February 5 2013 at 21:15
@Mick What you said is more or less the point I was trying to make. Ultimately fixing your prices just delays the inevitable. Yes you benefit from a great rate, until you come off the price fixing tariff, and in short you would effectively be subject to the current prices at that time, reflective of the price changes.
Its swings and roundabouts.
The cheapest tariff that was available and no other supplier came close, was the Social tariff "essentials" by British Gas. No company came near that tariff. Unfortunately, that ended last year.
Trouble is, Ofgem have got involved and now stated that company have to have fewer tariffs to reduce complications, but also ruled that the "Standing charge" be reintroduced.
As to my understanding, the standing charge was reintroduced to simplify bills.
There was a lot of complaints of how tariffs are calculated, specifically in relation to Tier 1 and Tier 2.
In short, use over the "threshold" of gas/elec and it drops to tier 2, but alas, what was poorly explained was if the number of days you are billed changes (increase/decrease) the that "threshold" changes. With this, some "economical" consumers never dropped down to a cheaper rate, and subsequently felt "screwed" by the company.
Now, primary tariffs are 1 rate and have a standing charge, so you could be paying around £15-£30 (dependent of supplier) standing charge a month just for the privilege of have the meter at your home.