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Changing tarriff

posted by rockpiler | A year ago

I am looking to change my tarriff as my current one ends in a month.  If I change it now will I be charged the new, more expensive prices from when I change or will the new prices come in when my old tarriff ends in 4 weeks?

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posted by Davc | A year ago
Re: Changing tarriff

I am fairly confident on this question, you will change as soon as you request it, so to get the most out of the old contract leave it until the last week before changing. 

posted by Poppy | A year ago
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Am just looking at changing, but noticed that the estimated usage for the past 12 months are higher than those used on their website using my account information.  This means if i chose to stay with Scottish power the bill would be much more than they suggest.  Have you checked this?

posted by Davc | A year ago
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Hi Poppy, strange you have two estimates, the cold winter has increased a lot of estimates. Your new direct debit is based on a guess of your consumption but you only pay for what you really use. So if it is looking too high and you build up a credit you can reduce the DD later on. There is a facility to adjust the DD in your account online. 

posted by rockpiler | A year ago
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Thanks for all the answers.  I have done the switch as I wanted to get the £30 cash back for switching.  I had to weigh up if I would be better off doing that and paying the new prices or waiting and that the offer might be withdrawn.  Thanks all.

posted by carole | A year ago
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I changed my tariff a week ago to take advantage of the £30 credit but there is no sign of this yet. My account shows the new tariff name but not the promised credit, how long should it take for this to show?

thanks

posted by Davc | A year ago
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Hi I guess it will show as a credit on your first new bill.

posted by martin5085 | 9 months ago
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My fixed saver rate tarriff came to an end last December.  The new tarriff recommended to me by scottish power resulted in my electric bill costing £200  more which left me £500 In debit. My payments went up from £180 a month to £247 a month. We are both pensioners with a disabled son and this rise is frightening. I applied for the warm home discount last August but have not heard anything so obviously have not qualified. The tarriff  we were given did not include economy 7 which we rely on as my disabled son has to have the lights on at night. We have changed to a different tarriff now with economy 7 but I am scared to use any electricity at all until I get the next bill.

posted by Davc | 9 months ago
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Sorry to hear that, Economy 7 is good for charging up night storage heaters, but lights consume very little energy (especially LED lights) and it is not worth having E7 only for that reason.

An E7 tariff gives a cheap night rate, but the day rate is slightly more expensive than a single rate tariff. You should be on one of the fixed rate deals that last until 2020, they are always cheaper than a standard variable rate. I hope you manage to control your electricity costs, heating for rooms and hot water is always the most expensive part.