.....find the best utility companies?

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Re: .....find the best utility companies?

Post: # 197196Post Clara »


I´ve managed to sort out my broadband but the electricity is driving me nuts, every site offers a different estimated usage (of which i have no idea, because the house hasn´t been lived in for some time, and i´ve been off-grid for years) varying from 300 - 1200 quid!! it seems that either n-power or british gas are cheapest....but if anyone has some spare time on their hands i´d appreciate other´s opinions.

here´s the deal, it´s a 3/4 bed 200 year old mid terrace (postcode sy20 9pr), 2 adults and 2 tinies occupying 2 or 3 bedrooms. No mains gas, storage heaters in all rooms, though I suspect we will use the fireplaces downstairs. currently on scottish power with economy 7 (i have a vague idea what that is, but do i have to use my washing machine etc in the middle of the night to make it worthwhile?....and if anyone can explain how one uses a night storage heater that would be helpful too :lol: ). I suspect we will get ourselves a gas cooker just for preference sake (though poss only gas hob) and we cook a lot.

i know the sun is shining, but the devil makes work for idle hands ;-)

TIA clara
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Re: .....find the best utility companies?

Post: # 197248Post Millymollymandy »

Sorry Clara I can't help but these problems would really put me off moving back to the UK because it was all so simple in my day - BT, no such thing as internet, British Gas and you got whatever leccy co serviced your area. Simples! :lol:

Good luck with it all though! :thumbright:
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Post: # 205654Post trinder »

I support the person who quoted the utilities warehouse as quite a good starting point. S/he is right in that you can put t all of your services with this co. You then get an itemised bill every month but only one standing order. So there is no chance that you overlook one of your outgoings. Also I am careful/ mean with money but that is not the same as poor. therefore on the last day of every month i email my gas and elec readings and i get a bill that reflects exactly what i have used and can monitor and make savings if i know next month is going to be really tight financially ( lots of outgoings ) I can simply not use mains as a source of heating but make on effort on collecting driftwood . This special effort is for me not a permanant option because firstly the whole house is not warm and secondly there is all the dust and for a hoarder like me that is a real problem.
hope it works out for you and if not well move it only takes a month to get to a more suitable provider. good luck and welcome back
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