I seem to be writing a lot about saving energy at the moment. This is because energy costs seem to be gobbling up more and more of our income.
A couple of days ago we had a letter from our energy company. They are no longer able to ‘protect’ us from rising prices and electricity prices will go up from mid January. They are also changing the basis of charging. A standing charge is to be introduced of around £100 per year, so we will end up paying that no matter how much energy we save. The unit cost has been reduced. I did a quick calculation based on the bill we had for the last quarter. This rise means we would have paid £66 more – and that was for the late summer/early autumn quarter.
I have thought about switching. We could probably save a bit, but I am reluctant to allow these big energy companies access to my bank account via direct debits. My mother ended up building up a surplus and it took her months to get a refund. I don’t see why they should earn interest on my money.
I won’t be giving up – we’ll just have to find more creative ways to save money. On the plus side, the little oil filled radiator we bought for OH’s office is only using 1.5 to 2 units per day, and the gas central heating is remaining off during the day, even on the cold days we’ve had recently.
Are you being faced with an energy price rise in the new year? Are you thinking of switching suppliers?
Until next time, Tawney x