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Old 21-06-2022, 12:33   #751
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Re: The energy crisis

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I timed my DD start so that I was always in debit until the end of the year. But the forced move to Scottish Power ruined that, so I have already built up a small credit level. The next hike in the Price Cap will wipe that out.

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I wonder if the Cost Of Living payments, which will be credited to our power company balances, has been taken into account?

2 neighbours said that they were looking forward to the "handouts" so that they could fly off for a holiday in the sun. When I told them they won't see any cash in their bank accounts, they were really miffed.
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You may be able to get a payment to help with the cost of living if you’re getting certain benefits or tax credits.

You do not need to apply. If you’re eligible, you’ll be paid automatically in the same way you usually get your benefit or tax credits. The payments will be made separately from your benefit or tax credits.

These payments are not taxable and will not affect the benefits or tax credits you get.

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Old 22-06-2022, 11:29   #752
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Price cap increase in Oct now projected to be 52%
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Old 22-06-2022, 11:55   #753
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Thought they had increased my DD too much, but adding up the past years
usage and using the new higher rates, it's not too far off. I will be building up
a large credit before winter sets in, which is annoying, but it should even out.
Makes it easier to budget with a known fixed amount. Too many people lack
the ability to cope with quarterly or half-yearly(e.g. water) bills

Some are telling people to cancel Direct Debit and create a Standing Order, that way you control the amount and NOT them.
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Some are telling people to cancel Direct Debit and create a Standing Order, that way you control the amount and NOT them.
That way you also rip yourself off by getting charged more
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Old 22-06-2022, 12:06   #755
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Some are telling people to cancel Direct Debit and create a Standing Order, that way you control the amount and NOT them.
But then they will hassle you, when your account is not in credit. If you're prepared to make one-one payments to settle the the debt, then it shouldn't be a problem.
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The price cap for non monthly direct debit payers is £130 a year higher
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Old 22-06-2022, 13:32   #757
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Old 22-06-2022, 13:47   #759
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Re: The energy crisis

Our last electricity quarter just gone was £90 less than the previous one at £303 despite the price increases but only because I've been trying to save electricity wherever possible.

There's virtually nothing left to turn off except for the second freezer that has the overflow from the chest freezer. Unfortunately it's an upright model and quite old and thirsty. Something like 300W when running. I'll be looking to run down the contents and to turn it off ASAP.

It's not so bad for two adults as you can always put on more layers in Winter and sit under a throw to watch the TV but for a family with kids that expect a warm house and endless baths/showers this is going to be tough.
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I am the same as you. Cut right down. I can not save anymore. I was going to try and survive the summer without fans but I have failed that already haha. Worked it all out and will cost me about £15 over the summer for fans alone
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Re: The energy crisis

I'm going to group some of the tech things in the lounge: TV, DVD HDD, Modulator, antenna amplifiers/splitters and put them on a second power strip that will only be on when I'm actually using them. Probably only amounts to 10Watts in standby but every little helps as they say.

The DVD HDD recorder/player doesn't have any standby lights on it but the on/off buttons are very small so I bet it's not fully off when not active.
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I'm going to group some of the tech things in the lounge: TV, DVD HDD, Modulator, antenna amplifiers/splitters and put them on a second power strip that will only be on when I'm actually using them. Probably only amounts to 10Watts in standby but every little helps as they say.

The DVD HDD recorder/player doesn't have any standby lights on it but the on/off buttons are very small so I bet it's not fully off when not active.
My TV and FreeSat box are on smart plugs so remain off until needed. My TV is quite power hungry even is standby so that saved a few watts. I have stopped using plug in air fresheners. My PC is the single biggest drain not including white goods. With the 2 screens it runs about 120 watts general use and about 300 when gaming. It is my entertainment hub so I am not going to cut back on that although I have thought about using a laptop and one screen for general computing but I just do not want to hahaha

I am prepared to stop paying the TV Licence as I hardly ever watch live tv and could easily just watch on demand but will only do that if things get really bad next year.

This year el gov is pretty much bailing me out but if it continues to rise it could get quiet hairy next year. Still I have lived on beans on toast before so can again hahaha
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Re: The energy crisis

Has anyone applied for help from the Household Support Fund? I know a few people from my area that have, and they've received £200 towards their energy bills, £200 shopping vouchers to spend at a selected store such as Asda, Tesco, M&S, Aldi, or Morrisons etc. A few of them also received household items like a new washing machine, carpets, cooker and beds.

You have to be in receipt of certain benefits, but it's pretty easy to apply for, just search your local council website for "Household Support Fund". Enter post code here to find yours...

https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council

A decision was made within a week of applying and they had the energy credit and food vouchers within 2 weeks. The household items can take a few weeks more to be delivered.

Got to be worth a try.
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