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April 11, 2012

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Elaine Turner

The simplest thing to make things transparant would be if all the companies charged for the same thing. For example, some do so much usage at one rate and then when you exceed that, it changes to another rate - if they all abided by the same system and change over points, it would be easier to make comparisons. I know what my annual usage is and so I just go on to a comparison company (usually by phone) and let them find me the cheapest rate. I have save hundreds of pounds by so doing, if not thousands over the last few years. However, isn't it stupid that you need a computer from a comparison website to show where to go, because the whole thing is so complicated? Clegg's idea is rubbish. The same as so many of his ideas and I suspect borne out of ignorance, his wife doing their bills or not having to worry about paying the bills.

However, whatever happened to caveat emptor? Personal responsibility? It is unfortunate that those with meter cards pay more... but again, if the charging methods were the same, they could see that they got more gas for their money if they used eg British Gas over say Eon (or vikky verky).

Elaine Turner

I must have had seven attempts to get the last post up - the words are unreadable that we are supposed to type, the background difficult to differentiate from the writing and the squergly writing very difficult to decipher. Editors, there has to be a better system. Oh yes, the one we had before. Are you suffering from Governmentitis, using a 'better' IT system that isn't?

robert

Clegg should be helping to run the country rather than interfer with people buying gas.
The government should persuade the energy suppliers to simplify their tariffs and billing and let people decide.

MartinW

And so it continues - Clegg and the LibDems ensuring they get the credit for the things that will be seen to help the electorate.

Public Sector Worker

This is all very well, but the savings will be in the context of ever rising fuel bills and therefore ultimately relatively useless as everyone willl be paying more than they are now anyway.

Denis Cooper

I expect that I'm part of the 70% who could save money by moving to a better tariff.

But if I made the effort to join the 30% by moving to a better tariff then probably it wouldn't be too long before I was back in among the 70%.

There's always a cost associated with shopping around and swapping around, time and energy if not money.

Holly

I did a thing on the net to see how much we'd save if we switched....
£20 per yr.
We made it a 'mission' that NO energy company would get a penny more out of us than we actually needed to use, so we changed habits,cut down where we could.
We saved £35 over the year. Going on the previous years consumption.
Turning stuff off saves MORE money than switching. Who'd a thunk it eh?
Whatever the tariff, they can't charge you for what you don't use.
Why does an empty room,even if only for a short time, need the lights/TV on?

As a PS, another tip is get rid of those multi-bulb ceiling lights, and buy a modern lampshade, or single bulb fitting. There are some just as nice in single options.
Hit the muggers where it hurts.

It doesn't add up...

100% of us are on a more expensive tariff than we should be on, thanks to Huhne and Miliband and pals. Cut out greenergy subsidies and taxes, and get fracking!

Andrew Smith

Claiming that 70% can save money remionds me of the pre-war Labour candidate who said that "the time will come when everyone will own their own house and have one to let"!

The man is a fool.

It doesn't add up...

Did Nick Clegg say the tariff is 70% more than it ought to be? It might be close to the truth if he did.

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