Hi playmates I post on Money Saving Expert occasionally, and here is one I posted to day:
[b]If you actually pay the energy bills in your house I think you better read on. THE PRESS LIES TO YOU.[/b]
Actual post at MSE:
I also received a tariff price increases email.
I have been on their Online Energy Saver 10 Dual Fuel package since September 2010. Coincidently they increased the tariffs in that package two months later, and now their latest price rises.
In my case the nett of Vat prices are as follows [ Why they express domestics tariffs as nett of Vat is beyond me, as I cannot get out of paying it]
Anyway no matter:
First 225kWh used each quarter......current 16.187 new 22.104 that's a [b]36.55% increase[/b]
All/Day remaining kWh...................current 6.171 new 10.348 that's a [b]67.69% increase
First 670kWh used each quarter....current 5.106p new 7.419p that's a [b]45.30% increase[/b]
All/Day remaining kWh.................current 2.641p new 3.381p that's a [b]28.02% increase
Now being a spreadsheet Geek [I have monthly consumption statistics going back six years at this house]
I can state my energy mix, for the rolling 365 day period, ending Wednesday 15th June 2011, as 5404 Kwh Electric and 10222 Kwh Gas energy consumed in that period. And on those figures it means my next total energy bill will increase by [b]51.30%.[/b]
But if you just use the actual tariff price differences as outlined above it means average electric bills will rise by [b]56.98%[/b]
and gas by [b]35.06%[/b] and on the above consumption figures, using the stated tariff figure increases as expressed in the email. That's a [b]49.30%[/b] extra on an average bill. Of course dependent on which deal you are on means people on here are reporting different percentage increases,
Anyway Wednesday I contacted SP by email not wishing to wait nearly three hours for a call back, I also contacted the BBC as they peddled the lie Scottish Power energy is going up circa 10% electric and 15% gas. Well come to day nothing ziltch not interested. So I've email my MP to ask why the public are being mislead in relation to the real cost implications of these tariff increases. He replied he is writing to Scottish Power, so told me not to hold my breath....Hello!
So I have since sent him a more "focused" email, part quote below:
[color="#0000FF"]"I'm utterly Gobsmacked that nobody but nobody, in the government, the opposition, the so called investigative media, so called economic forecasters, have not run the Scottish Power figures through a simple spread sheet. How the BBC did not see my correspondence as being of Public Interest is beyond me, yet another Tax Payer funded organisation, not fit for purpose
Before I could go public with these facts, I first needed to get clarification that the price increases sent out to me were not in fact an error. Well today I manage to contact Scottish Power by phone, and they confirmed those figures were indeed correct.
They first tried to stonewall me by saying the price increases have been passed by OFGEM, and their wording in the press release was correct.
I said I'm not interested what wool you have apparently pull over some civil servants eyes. What I'm saying is Scottish Power and every news media outlet, every MP on Question Time that regurgitates your figures that Electricity prices will increase by 10% and Gas prises by 19% is MISS LEADING THE PUBLIC. I said if you were to take a straw poll of every Scottish Power customer, they would believe their energy bills were set to raise by those figures.
I then asked him, using my annual energy consumption figures of 5404 Kwh of Electricity, and 10222 Kwh of Gas. To work out the actual percentage price increase of those two energy components as reflected in my total bill.
After much pressing of buttons he came back with figures of 27% increase in electric and 35% increase in gas. THE LIE IS OUT! But hang on we are again taking his figures at face value. And again even that is a projection far from the truth."[/color]
I'm still awaiting a reply to that one, but to be fair it was sent at lunch time.
I also find it astonishing that a Scottish Power customer services person having the same figures to hand as myself in regard to consumption. Comes up with energy cost increases to my account of 27% electric and 35% gas. When the correct energy cost increases are in fact [b]60%+ and 35%+[/b]