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With our recent energy bills demonstrating that this years winter has been longer than usual and the general consensus that energy prices are only going to go higher as a result of wholesale fuel price increases and the closure of generating plant, we felt a review of our energy provider was essential.

In preparation of the review we collected annual consumption data so that we could enter real life data into the comparison sites, rather than typical consumption estimates which for us are not representative.

We approached our existing supplier, EDF, who we have always found good in terms of customer service and pricing. We do pay by direct debit and we are on a dual fuel tariff, so this does give us some savings. Our existing provider also provides a rolling annual energy consumption figure.

As is the way, the fix deal we initially identified was withdrawn earlier in the week, but fortunately had been replaced with a longer term fix (until February 2015). The EDF representative also ran a competitor search which they are obliged to perform and there were some marginally cheaper deals available from suppliers we were not familiar with. 

We also visited Martin Lewis' Cheap Energy Club which using consumption figures gave us some options for suppliers and with the added value that if a better deal came up in the future we would automatically be notified. EDF also operate a similar scheme.

So what did we decide on? We stayed with EDF, moving from their standard variable tariff to their Blue+ Price Promise February 2015 . Based on the last 12 months electricity consumption of 4,769kWh and gas consumption of 15,887kWh we should save £60 per year on an annual bill estimated at £1,360. There were cheaper variable rate deals on the market, but EDF's solution was the cheapest long term fix and there is no exit fee. Customers service is also important to us and some reviews of the cheaper providers were mixed.

What did we learn?

  • Changing energy supplier is not difficult, although knowing when is the right time to change is.
  • Dual fuel deals and monthly direct debit payments will generally earn a discount.
  • Energy providers are obliged to tell you if there are better deals when quoting.
  • There are sites that allow you to be automatically informed of better deals.
  • Good deals don't stay on the market long so you need to be able to respond quickly.
  • To do an accurate assessment you need your annual energy consumption figures.