What to Ask Before You Make a Utility Bidder’s Offer
An important part of any competition is choosing your supplier; and in the case of utility companies and switching service suppliers, choosing the right supplier is crucial. In recent years there has been considerable pressure on switching service suppliers because they have seen a significant rise in the price of fuel. This has made it difficult for customers to switch, but switching fuel suppliers is just one way that an energy consumer can reduce their overall energy bill. There are several ways that an individual or business can reduce their overall bill. Many people have found that using low-carbon heating appliances can help reduce their bills. However, how do these types of ideas compare when you are looking at switching suppliers.
To compare overall costs,
there are several factors to consider. The most obvious is the price per unit: this gives you an idea of the general trend for what you could expect to pay and enables you to compare whether the overall cost per unit is lower than when using your current supplier. However, it is important to note that while switching energy prices can save you money overall, there are other things to consider such as whether the savings will be substantial if you increase your usage. Using appliances with a high initial purchase price but with a low or average daily usage rate can save you more in the long term than just paying the lower price.
It is also necessary to remember that the overall cost
is not just the price per unit. The cost of installation, the cost of ongoing monitoring and maintenance, and the overall efficiency of your supplier’s system are all essential parts of any overall cost. If you install an efficient boiler but your monthly bill is higher than your estimated boiler cost then the gap in your bill may be caused by falling inefficient equipment. A supplier’s efficiency rating can give you an indication of how efficient their equipment is, and so are useful for deciding which boiler would be best for your requirements.
When you have chosen your supplier,
you need to work with them closely over some time to establish whether they are right for you. This should start with a conversation about the products and services that they offer and whether you would like to discuss them further. You should find that a good supplier will not only listen to what you want to say but also consider what your requirements are. This may mean that they suggest alternative products or services, or possibly send a consultant to assess your home. In this way, you will have a clearer idea of the overall cost of installing their service and it will help you to identify how they compare to other suppliers.
You may come across some problems with your chosen supplier.
For example, a problem may arise when the boiler stops working or there is a fluctuation in your water consumption. This may lead to questions being asked, and sometimes there may be a need for repairs. It is important that your supplier takes these issues seriously and attempts to resolve them at the earliest opportunity. However, if they are unable to resolve an issue between you and your supplier, you can register a complaint and urge the supplier to rectify the situation.
The last point
to consider before choosing a utility bidder is the company’s reputation. You will need to ask friends and family for recommendations of companies they have worked with, as well as looking in the local phone book or on the Internet. If there are negative reviews online, contact the company immediately to enquire why they have given the negative comments. It is important to ensure that you can establish whether or not the company is reputable before deciding whether to work with them on your project.