3 Feb 2017

NPower Price Hike, Time To Take A Hike

It's a dark day for npower. Let there be light!


When an energy company announces a massive price hike, it's time to vote with your feet.


When I switched on BBC Breakfast this morning and heard the words 'npower price hike' I was expecting something like a 6 per cent rise, just like the big six energy companies bestowed upon us in 2013. But 15% on electricity and 5% on gas? 


My Gold Blend was spraying across the kitchen by this point.

If you're a npower duel fuel customer, you'll be paying an additional £109 per year on average. 


npower insists it doesn't want to, but it blames price rises in wholesale gas (60%) and electricity (38%) over the past year, they also blame the government for rolling out compulsory smart meters and having to pay subsidies for renewable energy. 



I know the cynics amongst you might say they are attempting to recoup some of the £26 million fine passed down in 2015 for lousy customer service. on top of the previous multi-million pound fines for miss selling. 

If you're an npower customer or even if you're not, there's never been a better time to switch energy providers. I predict other rises before April, so I recommend doing it this weekend.


Follow my three points and you could save money on your energy bills:



1. First things first, take your meters readings. If you don't know how, scroll to the bottom of this post.

2. Next, grab your most recent energy bills, so you can see what tarrif you're on and see what you are currently paying.

3. Finally, head over to a reputable comparison website, enter your postcode and start saving.




Here is my pick of the best Comparison Websites to check:


Compare The Market is my personal favourite, you'll get 2 for 1 cinema tickets or a cuddly meer cat toy when you purchase through them.

USwitch

Money Supermarket

Which? Recognised as the country's foremost review website, I recommend checking here too.





Before You Switch


1. I recommend doing the same search through all of the price comparison sites listed above and other sites that you know, just to be sure that they are showing the same deals.

2. Check out what others are saying about any energy provider before you sign up with them. They may be cheaper but does their customer service leave a lot to be desired?  Click here to view Which? satisfaction survey 2016 results.

3. As with everything you find online, please do your own research before acting.

So that's how easy it can be a save money on your energy bills, we would love to know how you get on and if you have any advice you can share.




Read on if you need help in reading your energy meters.




Electricity Meters:

Digital Display Meter

Your meter will have one or two sets of digits, 6 in length. You need to write down the first five letters on both meters. If you get cheaper electric at certain times of the day, for example during the night, that is why you have two sets of digits and why you need to write down both. The top one refers to 'low' or 'night' and is generally labelled as such. If you have a single display meter, press the button to cycle through both readings.

Dials Meter

A dial meter will have a number of dials but you only need to record the first five, so write down the first five numbers that the needles have just passed.


electricity meter


Gas Meters:

Digital Metric Meter

Usually these will have eight digits, just write down the first five digits before the decimal point.

Imperial Meter

These have four digits then two digits, you need only the first four.


gas meter


Dial Meter

There will be a varying number of dials but you only need to record the first four, and just like for the electricity dial meters, write down the number the needle has just passed.






 


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