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Ok, this is not an activitiy to do with your child. But every penny we save goes towards their Uni fund right? Yes it is about the energy hiking prices. If you are not interested you can skip it from here to my other articles 🙂

Last week I got a call from Southern Electric. Normally as soon as I find out they are cold callers (d’ohhhh) I politely turn their offers down and hung up. But I was in a good mood, she didn’t have any funny accent (so I could understand her) and having a tea so decided why not to drill their (!) brains a bit.

After the learnt lines like: “We are the energy providers in your area, the others rent from us, so if you  switch to us we would offer you a better deal” line (I had to inturrupt her and ask her to go to the point though). She said that with the current providers I am paying more and they would make it cheaper if we switch to them. I doubted but I did not get to the math point so, I was gasping the air waiting for her to finish her line and to start drilling her with calculations 🙂

I know, that is not such a nice thing to do. But it gets to me, when they just call out of nowhere, having no info but my number and that I am not their customer, they claim that I am paying more and they know better. So I started!

I said ok, the prices are going up, until when you will fix the price? She said until March 2013 (my current is till May 2013). Taking into account my house specifications, how much they would charge for month for dual energy by direct debit (they prefer that). And if they would cover my leaving costs from the current supplier (they DIDN’T, but doesn’t hurt to ask right?). If there are charges to open an accoun  with them (THERE ARE!). I was writing them all down. And added up the yearly sums and the result was that if I switch to them I would have to pay £200 more a year. Why? Because she called me and tried to persade me they are better. I laughed at all this and said thanks for wasting my time and you need to learn some basic Math (honestly just basics) before trying to call me more.

Since I did not have any energy companies calling me anymore. So I believe she passed the message.

I have done my homework, before switching to my current provider I have checked all energy suppliers. I went trough USWITCH (just google it). And got a cashback for swithching. It is always better to do the switches online, as if you do it over the phone or via seeing the person you would lose that £50 or £100 cashback that you would gain otherwise doing it all by yourself online. And FIX your prices now. As the prices are hiking and the latest you start to pay the raised prices the less you will pay out. Ifyou can afford pay by direct debit. Take your meter readings and update your profile often so you do not end up paying “guesstimate” rate but for the actual usage.

Some other little energy saving tricks that some of us know some of don’t.

  1. Turn off the lights of the rooms you are not physically in.
  2. Turn off the energy supply from the sockets! (Even when TV is off, but plugged in it consumes 30% of the usual energy consumption). This little trick will bring your yearly bill to -£250!
  3. The other obvious ones you know. Keep the frezer full at least with newspaper. Fully load the washing mashine etc…

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I checked the weather and it is staying this gorgeous over the weekend as well. So I have proposed to my husband why not to take advantage of this gorgeous weather and go to the seaside. It may well be the last chance of us bathing in the sea this year (well in UK). So we decided to go on a day trip to the sea side.

Options are countless. But being a family we would like to take the best that is on offer. I have checked redspottedhanky (as it does not charge for the debit card) first. Than to make sure I get the best fares I checked thetrainline (beware they charge, but it is good to compare). I found out what train company the redspottedhanky was offering the best deal (£23.45 for 3 of us a return ticket to Brighton) and it was the Southern. In the spirit of checking it all I went to the Southern‘s webiste and found an offpeak day return ticket for 3 of us for £22.50. Bear in mind we do have a family and friendsrail card. (And it always saves us 1/3 of a ticket price. We even use it to buy Zone1-4 day card for London and it pays itself off within first month alone. Sometimes a little investment of ths sort pays off in the longer run.) And of course I went through Quidco. A cashback site I always use and I got so much in cash back within last two years of using it, I can not believe people who do not use it. So I will get 6% of my ticket price back, i.e. £1.35 not much but these type of little things add up and by the year of the year you get at least £350 back from all your shopping and switching (energy, phone etc).

So happy now and I hope the Great British weather will stay this good and warm so we can enjoy a day of sunbathing and swimming in the sea. Yippee. Now off to prepare for our trip 🙂 I just thought I would share this with the rest of you, so you could enjoy the weather 🙂


All the links are clickable. And NO, nobody is paying me, I am just sharing the research I have done so you do not need to spend much time and just continue enjoying the sun 🙂

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