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Bulb Energy Supplier

Discussion in 'Get it off your chest' started by Claypole, Dec 9, 2019.

  1. the dog

    the dog Petrol engines do NOT like diesel

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    Two years now with bulb. No problems at all.
    They do require periodic meter readings but I don't have a problem with that. Even if you miss a couple of readings, they would estimate your usage and adjust your payments when they eventually get a reading. So you won't be out of pocket.
    Smart meters are no better than any other type of technological advancement. They can still go breasts up. Unfortunately modern technology isn't always better than old school equipment, it just makes it easier for them to get readings by doing a drive by. Smart meter problems usually remain covert for longer because there is no eyes on human interaction and everything seems okeydokey. And just for reference..... If you suspect your smart meter is playing up and you suspect it is faulty or needing calibration, most service suppliers will charge you to come out and check it.
     
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  2. SteveO

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    I've switched to SP, the tarriff I took stated I would need to have a smart meter fitted, they don't have any Gen2 meters in stock yet as my brother has been waiting for over a year for one to be fitted as the Gen1 from his old provider doesn't work so I'm not holding my breath... but that suits me.

    I was supposed to have had one fitted within 3 weeks but I'm only at the meter reading stage of the switch over so it's early days.

    I didn't want a smart meter to be honest, they're not reliable / compatible enough yet and it's another transmitting device in the house that I don't really want.
     
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  3. SimonCornwall

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    I did some quick research on smart meters when they emailed me and they are not generally reliable and although you can get them fitted for free I found if you want to change back because they are bothersome you have to pay, so I cannot see a benefit only a potential cost.

    The current meter works fine, I like the bulb app and way of being able to record meter readings as often as I like and I know what things in the home cost each in kwh's so can make sure I'm not burning pounds or trees un-necessarily. I can work out in my head what I'm using each month.

    It ain't broke so I don't wanna fix it and if they try to get pushy will find I'm unavailable.
     
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  4. Claypole

    Claypole Posting Addict

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    Energy smart meters don't rely on a 'drive by', they use a cellular device that connects directly with the supplier's central system, and it sends updates every half an hour. I think this is why some people are concerned about spying, as they have what is almost real time monitoring of your energy usage. It's possible that somebody within the company could use the data to determine when your house is occupied or empty.

    'Smart' water meters rely on a drive by.
     
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  5. Popgun

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    Disadvantages of Smart Meters for Consumers
    • Additional fees for the installation of the new meter
    • Privacy concerns for the personal data collected and how it will be used
    • More responsibility placed upon the consumer for maintenance

    Advantages of Smart Meters for Electric Companies
    • Eliminates manual monthly meter readings
    • Monitors the electric system in real time
    • Encourages more efficient use of power resources
    • Provides responsive data for balancing electric loads while reducing blackouts
    • Enables dynamic pricing
    • Avoids the capital expense of building new power plants
    • Helps to optimize the profit with existing resources
     
  6. Claypole

    Claypole Posting Addict

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    My misses got in touch with Bulb and apparently they are going to send a reset and it will take up to 48 hours.

    With regards to advantages and disadvantages of Smart Meters, I can see a coupe of benefits for consumers:

    Firstly, the billing should be more accurate. With estimated bills, they often undercharge, so you go into debt, and then they overcharge meaning you end up building up a credit. This credit is your money that they are holding, and earning interest on, along with £millions of other customer’s money. With a smart meter, you should be getting an accurate bill every month that reflects your actual useage.

    Secondly, having an In Home Display giving a running “live” report on current useage can be beneficial in managing your energy consumption. A lot of people have reported lower bills based on the fact that they paying more attention to what they’re using.

    As for disadvantages, from what I’ve read (and now experienced), the main thing seems to be the fact that the technology doesn’t seem to there yet, despite being around for a fair few years.

    Some of the meters don’t communicate with the supplier, or the IHD’s.This makes the meters no different to the old type, and customers are finding they still have to submit readings.

    With regards to security and privacy there’s been some ridiculous ideas that terrorists can hack the system and send signals to the meters and make them blow up.
     
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  7. Popgun

    Popgun Donator

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    we are an all electric house, I know my annual usage & the DD reflects that, i alwasy over pay in the summer & it equals out in the winter. I do not need a smart meter.
    Oh and after years of boating, using limited water & gas o/b, we only ever boil enough water to make a cuppa NEVER more
     
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  8. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin Major Poster

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    We get through a lot of power due to multiple vivariums and an enormous aquarium...

    we used to get hammered by eon...

    switched to Estronga two years ago.

    they’re less than HALF of what eon were charging ??!

    How the HELL can the ‘bigger’ companies get away with this??
     
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    Because they are unregulated.

    The rest of that conversation is political and not allowed..
     
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  10. Tadpole

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    I've been with 'Avro Energy' for three years & have saved an average of £250/300 pa 'Dual Fuel' over British Gas prices could be worth a look .. ;)
    https://avroenergy.co.uk/Default.aspx
     
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  11. Popgun

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    All Utilities were "Sold off" if you care to remember
     
  12. Dicer

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    The gas industry IS regulated (OFGEM) and has been for years
     
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    Yes, but the maximum price isn't..
     
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    The prices Sainsbury’s charge aren’t regulated, if you think they’re to high you can go to Tesco. Same with energy there are plenty of suppliers, I think the only problem with that idea is that we get lazy as consumers and I include myself in that.
     
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  15. carnivore

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    If anyone else is thinking of switching please contact me. I have a code that is a 'recommendation to a friend' which results in both parties being credited with £50 to their Bulb account. I have used it with family and I think it took about three weeks to come through. Join without the code and there is no credit. Just trying to help! :up:
     
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    With gas and electric it’s all down to the prices per kilowatt/hour,and the daily standing charge which varies considerably.The best fixed deal for me currently is from Eon,Electricity @ 15.1p,Gas @ 3.1p and 10.5p day standing charge on both.
    Works out at £33 a month for small insulated house.
     
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    I've done a bit of online research and they have been linked to the onset of illness and bad health - no conclusive proof though though.
    Plus the current models are not switchable between different suppliers, so you can potentially have problems when switching, although future ones will be compatible.
     
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  18. CJD

    CJD Busy Member

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    You are very fortunate to have such small utilities bills.
    I'm paying £130 per month.
     
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  19. Claypole

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    Update: Despite leaving it 48 hrs, it never connected. Got in touch with Bulb using their online support and they said they would send a refresher signal and to give it 48hours. It didn’t work, so they sent yet another refresher signal, allegedly. Still no joy.

    I know Bulb offer cheap rates, but other than that, they are frankly rubbish.
     
  20. Jukebox

    Jukebox Better to burn out...than to fade away.

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    What's a good comparison site to use pleae gents???
     

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