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Electricity suppliers - ony advice?

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#1 Muckle Oxters

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 12:50 PM

I've been tinkin to move energy suppliers after SSE recently hiked the prices.


Dir seems to be lots of start-up companies offering very low prices den going bust, and some dunna operate in Shetland.


Do any of you fine folk have ony advice?


Oh, and I'm on da Total Heating Total Control tariff which fairly limits the choices.

#2 ColdUpNorth



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Posted 12 February 2019 - 01:02 PM

Yeah, unfortunately THTC pretty much limits you to SSE.  Problem is that THTC uses 2 supplies and most companies aren't setup to cope with that.  Did use Coop Energy for a while but honestly couldn't recommend them, they made SSE look competent and fair.  You may also find that, if you can get an alternative supplier, they may charge 2 standing charges because there are 2 supplies.


You could ask SSE if they can disconnect 1 supply and put an Eco7 meter on the other (probably chargeable) but you would be responsible for getting your home reconnected to the new meter.  This would be more difficult because SSE apparently don't have any engineers in Shetland.


There's also a requirement for companies to work with people on restrictive tariffs like THTC, but this only means that they will offer you their single rate tariff instead and this is not usually an improvement because everything that you use on the heating rate would be charged at normal rate.


Best advice is to look out for fixed rate offers, had a few good ones from SSE over the years, but they are few and far between.

#3 paulb



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Posted 12 February 2019 - 02:56 PM

we switched from the double meter to a single when our turbine was installed.they just connected the spare cables to the one meter. it even worked out cheaper.

#4 Ian_H



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Posted 13 February 2019 - 08:26 AM

Bulb is one of the newer energy companies, they have an “Economy 7 meter” tick box on the page that lets you look up their tariffs. I am told by someone with Bulb that they are very good at responding to any queries you have; they are happy with them and their prices. With Bulb,you have to give them all meter readings yourself online, perhaps I think also emailing them a photo of the meter when you change over. We are on year three of a three-year fixed tariff with SSE, now a very good price, but plan to look around when that expires.

#5 tubstardelux



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Posted 14 February 2019 - 09:37 PM

A gentleman from Citrus Energy has been up at various energy efficiency events. They are a social enterprise based in Scotland that is non-profit and out to save Scots money on their energy bills.   


He was very knowledgeable and said they could switch any tariff from any company including THTC. Apparently they have access to a huge range of products which are not on comparison sites and their tariffs available update much more regularly than online. Worth a phone I'd say.