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TOPIC: British Gas To End Variable Tariffs

British Gas To End Variable Tariffs 20 Nov 2017 12:41 #4949

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Most of you have probably heard this morning that British Gas (Centrica) will end fixed rate tariffs for NEW customers from April 2018, but no doubt will end them for existing customers over time. I have a variable gas tariff with Scottish Gas, so won`t be moving it until I know more about what their plans are.

www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/energy/2017/11/british-gas-to-scrap-its-standard-variable-tariff

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So my question is....if I pay Scottish Gas £60 a month on a variable tariff, are they saying if I switch to a FIXED tariff of say £55 a month for 12 months, I can use as much gas as I want to for this £55 a month? I smell a rat because they would lose money surely if this was the case? They are not going to allow someone to turn all the radiators on and keep the gas on 24 hours a day and only charge £55 a month?!!! What am I missing here.....?
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British Gas To End Variable Tariffs 20 Nov 2017 15:44 #4951

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And guess who knocked on my door earlier on after I`d posted this thread? The GAS meter reader! :lol: I took the opportunity to ask him his views on the changes and he said (off the record!)
1.SWITCH by using a site comparison like USwitch to find the best deals if I decide I want to change company
2. DON`T get a smart meter! He said they are basically getting us (the customers) to pay for them and I already knew that unless these smart meters are labelled as SMETS2 (not SMETS1) they are not 2nd generation smart meters. They are also NOT mandatory, even though you might be told this.

I`m also thinking about looking at duel fuel deals in future even though they not sometimes the cheaper option, but when your only saving £20/£30 a year having two separate bills, I think duel fuel helps combine both. A bit like only dealing with one internet service provider like Sky or BT for your line and broadband together. Then every 12 months (like broadband deals) we can compare what we are paying for gas/electric and switch again to a duel fuel deal that saves a bit or do a retention deal with whoever we are with if they offer a better deal?

What does everyone do/think?
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British Gas To End Variable Tariffs 21 Nov 2017 13:39 #4973

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I change my fuel supplier every year using price comparison sites. I go with the cheapest dual fuel deal that I can find. It's cheapest to have an online, paper free, direct debit account too.
I did have smart meters for a year, but then they put the price up so I went elsewhere.
Now my smart meter is an ordinary one that I read myself every month.
It's ridiculous that none of the smart meters work with other companies. What genius thought that was acceptable?
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British Gas To End Variable Tariffs 21 Nov 2017 14:54 #4974

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Thanks for replying Dizzy. I fancy going the duel fuel route too even if it`s not `thee` cheapest deal but as you say (and thanks for the tip!) going online/paperless and direct debit all save money apparently. I suppose if the laptop crashes I can always call them if I need to? I always liked a paper bill because I`m not too sure that the small cost outweighs not having a paper trail, but I`m starting to think ahead as technology dictates now and it makes sense to go paperless as long as I have internet access to an online account.

The gas reader told me yesterday to go to USwitch, put in my gas/electric details and see what the deals are. At the moment, mum and I don`t need to change anything as we are not NEW customers, so our standard variable tariffs will remain for now, but they will eventually be eradicated by both the companies we are currently with, so I need to do my research now and prepare for the changes.
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British Gas To End Variable Tariffs 21 Nov 2017 15:34 #4976

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I usually get a fixed tariff for the year too, so that they can't put the price up.
Some of them charge an early cancellation fee if you change before your contracts up, but the one I'm with at the moment doesn't.
It's a pain to have to do this every year, not just with energy providers, but insurance, broadband, in fact most things!
No rewards for loyal customers anymore.
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British Gas To End Variable Tariffs 21 Nov 2017 15:38 #4977

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Comply one can always have a "Paper Bill" just print off from the PC, providing you have a printer, failing that go down the Library and do it; Unless the Torys have shut down your local Library Like they had where I used to live, I now have a local Library B)
My New place has PAYG for Gas & Electricity that I much prefer. :)
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