NICE TO BE WANTED

Update on utility provider: https://menhir1.wordpress.com/2019/07/12/what-price-loyalty/#comment-16574 for anyone who has not following this, the link will tell all.

Today I have been contacted three times by the electricity supplier I am leaving. I was offered a super exclusive deal for a one year fix….but, it wasn’t. It was close, but not better and there were strings. I had to agree to consider having a smart meter.  Yes, they had a two year fixed deal, it was way off the scale!!  No competition there then. The last caller from the company said they’d love to have me back anytime, even tomorrow!

My angst with the smart meters is that they have not been universal, other than in their requirement to try to control how we use fuel.  We have been encouraged, nay, exhorted by government to shop around for ‘best deals’ and the companies have been prevailed upon to get everyone on smart meters.  Each supplier used their own preferred technology. So, how could you move seamlessly between suppliers. They would not necessarily accept the smart meter you had. This was a nonsensical situation. I could talk about the distraction from fuel poverty, structural failures in the supply chain, their causes and other costly politics, but I won’t.

Series two smart meters are meant to ease the way to seeking and obtaining the best deals by being a universal for suppliers and customers. I intend to wait for the evidence. It will be sometime coming because the advertised universal meters are only just now being rolled out, and then only because the majority of customers refused to install version one.

The two year fix I am taking is with a company called Green Network Energy (GNE).  The website was intuitive and I requested a quote, but only after I had looked at the comparison websites. The difference between my supplier and GNE for a two year fix was off the scale!!!  I can only say at this early point in the change process, that communication with GNE has been straightforward by phone and online. The account will be online. I started the switch through the Moneysavingexpert site.

 

 

You may make additional savings on your prices with suppliers if you have dual fuel supplies and you don’t live where I do. We have higher prices to contend with.

So, guys, there you have it.  I’ll let you know how it all flows at some future date.  Just a note here; I did go through an awful lot of reviews for GNE on Trust Pilot. On the whole,they were pretty good, just the odd one of dissatisfaction. Don’t just take my word for it, have a look at Trust Pilot. As I said, it is too soon for me to make a judgement of my own. My every digit is crossed though.  🙂

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6 thoughts on “NICE TO BE WANTED

  1. I’m with you about ‘smart meters’, I don’t trust the technology and I don’t trust the information suppliers have been given about them. My former supplier was going to essentially blackmail customers into having on fitted if they wanted to continue receiving a better deal. I think that is deplorable behaviour of any person or organisation. It was a prime reason for rigorously switching.

    Paradoxically there seems to be a greater acceptance of margins of errors and accuracy when it comes to digital smart technology. Would analogue meters be accepted with such parameters?

    Good look with your switching.

    • Re the pressurising of you and me and customers at large. The Government has put pressure on the Regulators to put pressure on the fuel suppliers to persuade customers by all means including foul, to accept smart meters. The primary tool of persuasion is to block access to the more competitive price deals. The suppliers can be financially penalised if they do not meet the targets given them by the Regulator. It is not nice. As you say, Anne-Marie, it is tantamount to blackmail.

      The margins of error accepted with new technologies are a source of concern, though not the only one. I am aware that prices of electricity can fluctuate at certain times of the day. (I presume the same applies with gas). There are also geopolitical influences. that effect fuel pricing. I don’t see how people suffering fuel poverty, for example, will be able to change their use behaviours because they’ve got a smart meter. It might just frighten them even further into even more dangerous cuts.

      A couple of people I know who actually requested to have smart meters installed, no longer look at them. I guess if an unexpected bill arrived they might challenge it. Another person requested a meter for safety and social reasons, i.e. because the meter was installed seven floors below the flat. It was also in an awkward position. The gizmo sits on the kitchen work top hidden behind the chopping boards – very apt.

      xxx

    • Hi Mr F.

      Thanks for your encouragement. Cost-wise on a two year fix, there was no competition. I do have social and ethical concerns about the manner in which the smart meters are being foisted on customers, a few of which, I have outlined in my reply to Anne-Marie, above.

      xxx

  2. Hi Snowbird,

    Thanks for your kind wishes. Changing suppliers,(always a hassle of some sort) means I have to diarise and try to remember new reading submission dates every time. It’s like learning a new car registration, but happens more frequently!

    So pleased you liked the pictures.
    Xxx

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