|Yes, random photos again - Vatersay, Outer Hebrides|
|Sticking with beaches...this is Grenitote, North Uist|
The Money Saving Expert Cheap Energy Club came in useful for the next bit - letting me input both our current supplier and tariff, and our exact usage, to get a clear picture of which suppliers might be useful for us. To our delight we found a small, independent "Not For Profit" supplier whose unit charges were lower than we had been paying British Gas, and more importantly without that pesky Standing Charge! (Or rather, they have one, it's just set at Zero p/per day!) Their forecast for us suggests that we'll now be paying under £30 a year for our gas - which is a definite result!
|Sanderling on the beach at Berneray, Hebrides.|
I've now asked for the next Direct Debit to be set to clear the outstanding balance on the account, and hopefully by the time the following one is due, we'll be settled in with the new supplier and will just be able to clear the final balance by cheque. For us this all worked out well, however I do find myself wondering how many others who also weren't informed about this change will just completely fail to notice or challenge it, allowing British Gas to profit at their expense. Whoever your energy suppliers are, it pays to check their bills carefully - and not just the bits that are all they know most folk will check - the bottom line figure - either!