Helpful Advice and Guides

  • Your guide to the smart meter rollout in the UK

    By Energy Company Numbers on April 15, 2019 in Help and advice

    Smart meters are, for the moment, not very widely adopted. Only an estimated 50,000 homes have them installed, and that’s nothing compared to the 26 million plus households in the UK – but more households will get them soon. Tens of millions of households, in fact. In our guide “what are smart meters”, we addressed what smart meters are and

  • What is cavity wall insulation?

    By Energy Company Numbers on April 10, 2019 in Help and advice

    If you have been looking for ways to make your home more energy efficient and to reduce your carbon footprint, then you will have almost certainly come across something called cavity wall insulation. But what is cavity wall insulation, and how do you get it? What is cavity wall insulation? Cavity wall insulation refers to a form of insulation that is

  • Npower Meter Readings – Payment Options when Moving Home

    Now celebrating their 17th year, the company formerly known as Innogy have, via a series of takeovers, become a member of the UK’s ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers with over 3.1 million customers relying on them for energy every day. In 2002, Npower were bought out by RWE of Germany, who named the business RWE Npower and spun off the renewable

  • OVO Energy Refer a Friend Guide

    OVO Energy Refer a Friend is a unique reward scheme, where an OVO Energy customer can get a £25 gift card by referring a friend who then takes on OVO as their energy supplier. You can refer a friend at this page, and if your friend takes on OVO as their supplier, then you will be rewarded with your choice

  • Switching to SWALEC – how to switch to SWALEC

    By Energy Company Numbers on February 27, 2019 in Help and advice

    If you live in Wales or the Merseyside region of England, you can choose SWALEC as your supplier of gas and/ or electricity. SWALEC is part of the public listed company SSE, one of the UK’s largest energy suppliers, which has 9.5 million customers nationwide. Choosing SWALEC as your gas and electricity supplier is hassle-free – the company prides itself

  • Co-op Energy Prepayment Process

    By Energy Company Numbers on February 25, 2019 in Help and advice

    Prepayment meters allow you to pay for your energy before you use it, by adding more credit to your meter as required. This can be an effective way to manage your energy usage more efficiently and avoid large bills. Co-op Energy aims to make the prepayment process as simple as possible for customers. Here we break down the process step

  • How to make a complaint with EDF Energy

    By Energy Company Numbers on February 24, 2019 in edf, Help and advice

    Making a complaint with EDF Energy is straight-forward. All you need to do is follow the steps outlined below. EDF Energy tries its best to ensure that all customer complaints are handled swiftly and efficiently with a positive outcome for the customer. You can make a complaint with EDF about your account, a recent bill, the quality of the service

  • How do I know if I am on the right First Utility tariff?

    A price change and a tariff change are not one in the same. It is important that you are informed in what constitutes and price change and what constitutes and tariff change. Call First Utility customer service If you have landed on this article and you wish to contact First Utility, you can use the number above. When a price

  • Are British Gas smart meters free?

    Are British Gas smart meters free? Yes, British Gas smart meters are free. They are being offered by British Gas as part of a nationwide upgrade. To get a British Gas smart meter, contact British Gas by phone or email. British Gas will establish your eligibility for you, and then book in your smart meter installation. Smart meters are supplied

  • Are British Gas boilers expensive?

    Are British Gas boilers expensive? We recently received a question from a lady named Emma Wilkinson, who wanted to know whether a quote she received from British Gas for a new boiler was value for money. The question was as follows: “Hi ECN, I have been quoted £4,000 for a boiler from British Gas. The quote is for the supply

  • What is an In-Home Display (IHD)?

    By Energy Company Numbers on February 15, 2019 in Help and advice

    An In-Home Display (IHD) is a device with a touchscreen that communicates with a smart meter to display energy consumption statistics in real-time. IHDs are battery-powered and portable, so they can be placed in any room of the home, to help you monitor your energy use.  IHDs operate separately to, but in conjunction with, smart meters. You can think of

  • Is there a special tariff for EDF customers who are on benefits?

    By Energy Company Numbers on February 12, 2019 in edf, Help and advice

    If you are on benefits, such as income support, then you may be looking for information about whether or not EDF Energy offers a special tariff for customers on benefits. If you are on benefits, be that Income Support or Child Allowance, it is worth contacting EDF to discuss your needs. Unfortunately, we have some bad news, because EDF Energy do not

  • Renewing E.ON tariffs guide

    By Energy Company Numbers on February 10, 2019 in eon, Help and advice

    Whether you are switching to E.ON or you are an existing customer, changing or renewing your tariff need not be a difficult or time consuming process. It’s relatively easy to renew your tariff, however, there are details that you need to be aware of to ensure that you avoid common mistakes and make the process as smooth as possible. Below

  • Changing Tariff with First Utility

    You can switch tariff with First Utility when your existing tariff ends. First Utility should notify you in accordance with Ofgem rules 42-49 days before the end of your plan, to give you chance to switch. It is your consumer right to switch to a cheaper tariff if one is available. You can continue with First Utility as your supplier,

  • How to Complain to SSE

    By Energy Company Numbers on February 5, 2019 in Help and advice

    SSE is, in 2019, one of the biggest energy companies in the UK with over 8.5 million people taking gas and electricity from the company every day. Formed from the merger of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board and the Southern Electric Board in 1998, Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) quickly began expanding operations with a number of acquisitions. In

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