uSwitch energy expert Tom Lyon explains the E.ON price rise.
Yes, the same old story. However, having received Eon’s explanatory price rise sheet, ‘signed’ by Graham Bartlett, M.D. E.ON Energy Solutions, I turn over and there on the reverse side are the awful facts.
As you may have elucidated, one pays a high rate for the first few kWh of energy, then above that you go onto a lower price rate for everything else. So far so good.
Now, I find that my electricity increase will be some 16% for the first piffling 900kWh, then above this ‘threshold’ a 23% increase.
Gas is as alarming: the first tranche, to the threshold of 2680kWh will see a 42% increase, followed by a 17.6% increase.
Worst of all, despite careful insulation, economy measures etc etc, we use 4300kWh electricity and 25500kWh gas per annum. We are a couple of 70plus year olds in a large detached house. No, we don’t want to give up and go into a crumby little apartment – we want to see our days out with our lovely house and big garden – but OH, the cost! We switched from another supplier in January and made a slight saving, thanks to uSwitch; but now we are probably back to square one. So beware!
Dear Mr Wilson,
Thanks for your comment.
It certainly sounds like this price rise will have a big effect on your bills. You can switch your enrgy supplier again – a different tariff from a different supplier may offer you a saving. You might also like to consider a fixed price eenrgy tariff to avoid further price rises.
Your energy usage is very high – we’d usually expect to see those kinds of readings for a 4 or 5 bedroom house with 4 or 5 occupants. Insulation is the most effective way of being more energy-efficient, but it sounds like you’ve already taken that step. Here are some other things which you could consider:
– if have a very old and inefficient boiler, it might be worth replacing it, although this is a big investment.
– solar panels, you can get these for free and they’ll cut £130 off your electrciity bill (http://www.uswitch.com/solar-panels/free-solar-panels/)
– energy-saving light bulbs
– install thermostatic radiator valces in each room
You can find lots of advice on energy-efficiency here: http://www.uswitch.com/save-energy/
I hope this helps.
Thanks for your advice. Yes, we have some 52 low energy light bulbs, an old gas boiler and a hot towel rail in the bathroom. The c/htg system is regularly serviced and was flushed through last year, such that the new pump runs easier. A new boiler is unlikely to be cost effective, given our age.
As a pair of 70plus year old pensioners in a large detached house on a hilltop we do have a high energy consumption. We don’t want to have to move into some crumby little apartment with no garden and rot away. So we’ll have to spend the rest of our days in jolly penury!