23 Feb 2017
Since the start of the year, five ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers (EDF, Npower, E.On, SSE, and Scottish Power) have announced steep increases of between 8-10% in their standard tariff, leaving millions of households in the UK paying around £100 more for their gas and electricity bills.
The various reasons cited for these price hikes include the weakening of the pound compared to the US Dollar, an increase in wholesale costs, and the expense of delivering the national smart meter rollout (a government policy that energy suppliers are required to deliver by 2020).
And although other large energy suppliers have yet to announce price rises of their own, it’s a safe bet that it’ll just a matter of time until all standard tariffs go up. In the past few months we have noted an average increase of 10p per day on the standing charges of some energy suppliers, which will impact the poorest in society because it is charged regardless of much much energy is used. To compound matters, the Guardian recently reported that there are 77 fixed-price tariffs due to expire before the end of April, meaning thousands of UK households will automatically be moved onto an expensive standard tariff unless they take action.
This is why it is vitally important for people to switch, to make sure they are not paying over the odds on their energy bills. Last year, we collectively overpaid £2 billion too much to energy suppliers because 88% of us didn’t switch.
If someone is currently on a standard tariff, BHESCo would recommend that they sign up to a fixed tariff as soon as possible and lock in to a good price for 12 or 24 months. For households whose fixed tariff is due to expire soon, you can switch to a new fixed tariff up to 40 days in advance of your current contract ending, without having to pay an exit fee. Details of your tariff expiration date can be found on your bill.
There are various energy tariff comparison websites you can use, but BHESCo finds My Utility Genius the easiest.
If you would like free and reliable advice on finding the best energy tariff for your home, please contact BHESCo today:
phone: 0800 999 6671
22 Dec 2016
Smart Meters are the first step toward creating the UK’s smart-grid, and will pave the way for a more energy efficient future. Smart meters make is easier for us to identify the situations where we’re using a lot of energy and make changes to reduce it.
There will be no need for anyone to come and check your meter as energy consumption information is sent directly to your energy company. The data is sent via a secure national network which is solely for smart meters.
This works in the same way as other wireless systems like car remote keys or TVs, using radio waves. Though it is a wireless system, you don’t need Wi-Fi in your home for it to work. And it won’t use your Wi-Fi if you do have it.
Smart meters store data about energy usage but not any personal data about the residents of a property. This gives a better understanding of your energy usage, and will help to deal with power outages more efficiently, as well as facillitating more efficient management of Britain’s energy needs in the future.
By 2020 everyone in Britain will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier. Smart meters put you in control of your energy use, which means that you can adopt energy efficiency measures that can help save money on energy bills and reduce your energy use.
A smart meter means the end of estimated bills. A smart meter sends automatic readings to your energy supplier at least once a month so you will receive accurate bills. They communicate directly with your energy supplier, meaning no one has to come and read your meter. This means that you are only paying for the energy you have used, and you can stop overpaying on estimated energy bills.
With a smart meter, you will always know what you are spending in pounds and pence and in real time, so you will know what appliances are using the most energy. This means that you can cut down on your carbon emissions as well as being able to save money at the same time.
Say no to estimated bills.
01 Dec 2016
Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters which will enable consumers to take more control over the energy they use. They offer a range of intelligent benefits to help energy users reduce the cost of their bills, which including a smart meter display which shows you exactly how much energy is being used in pence, kilowatts, and CO2 emissions.
An easy to understand ‘In Home Display’ allows you to track the amount of energy you are using in real time, and helps you to see which appliances are using a lot of energy and costing you a lot of money. By being able to identify where in the home you are spending the most on energy, you can then make changes to reduce your usage and consequently your bills.
By adopting energy efficient measures in the home and reducing the amount of energy you use, you will also be generating less carbon emissions and contributing to a more sustainable environment.
Reducing your energy emissions and saving money has never been easier.