Pimping The Supplier

“If everyone is forced to show everything, what is the benefit of a supplier paying a commission to a price comparison?”

Er…there isn’t any benefit to the consumer whatsoever.The benefit is entirely to the energy supplier and the pimp they choose to give a back hander to. heaven forbid that morals and tranparency impinge on your business model mate.



iMeasure Makeover


The iMeasure site we use to track our energy usage (no alarms and no surprises please) has had a welcome revamp. I can geek out on all kind of stats and comparisons now. Meanwhile prices keep rising as we find ever more frugal ways to offset this. The future’s bright. The future is very expensive.

Flash-Mob Meets Bait And Switch?

There’s a news item on the Beeb about a European scheme to encourage mass energy supplier switching. I have to say I’m not convinced by these schemes. To me it’s a bit like a lemmings flash-mob running head first into a bait and switch scheme which will always be funded by other consumers paying over the odds. It’s simply not a sustainable scheme and certainly not a long term answer to rising energy bills.

Image by Ian F Thomas under this creative commons licence

The Gas And Electricity Game

It’s energy bill time so we’ve submitted our readings online. The total bills for the last quarter are £24.57 for gas and £40.26 for the electricity all inclusive. In this age of ever rising bills that’s reasonably good considering the place is rarely empty in the daytime.

The low gas bill is about right for the summer months where it’s only on to heat the hot water and for cooking.

I’ve taken those results and gone onto one of those (in my humble opinion) dubious supplier switching comparison web  sites which (to their credit) tell me I’m already getting the best deal for my level of energy consumption but if I’d like to pay £151 more for the privilege then we could change to, for example British Gas right away. No thanks.

There are providers whose price per kWh on paper is lower than what I’m charged (the few that don’t charge more for the first x amount of energy consumed each quarter that is) but once we factor in their standing charge then it’s more expensive.

The Bank of England has indicated that it expects another round of energy price rises this winter whilst others seem to predict price reductions (I’d love to know what the latter sooth sayers are smoking but maybe we’ll be surprised).

We’re lowish energy consumers despite constant computer and gadget use.

Our current UK energy provider is Ebico.

We’d love to be more energy self sufficient.

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Electricity consumption for the past week has fallen to an all time low, for us of 23kWh which is odd as I’m unsure what we’ve really cut back on. We haven’t started offsetting with any minor off-grid initiatives yet but hopefully that will eventuate in the year ahead.


We’ve got our weekly kWh electricity consumption down to 27 kWh for the week with 50% of usage during the cheaper off peak charged period. The biscuits are on me.