Scottish Power wrote to me today to let me know how much energy I used in 2013 and how much I might expect to pay for my energy in 2014.
As the money normally floats out of the joint account on a monthly basis I had no idea we were spending that much. Actually that is a big fat lie. I did know how much we were spending but, because the numbers were so horrific, I had blocked them in the same way that people can't remember traumatic experiences; they're pushed into the subconscious to give us all nightmares.
So I dragged myself to the Uswitch website.
The last time I switched energy bills was I think after I was cornered in Sainsbury by someone who clearly earned a big fat commission. At the time, Scottish Power were a better deal than British Gas so switching made sense.
I plugged in my usage numbers as this provides an accurate comparison tariff to tariff.
Uswitch told me I could save £404. £404!!! That's one hell of a shopping trip that I can claim because it's me saving the money. Or it's a large chunk of the summer holiday paid for, or it's a hundred and one other things like fixing the rotting garage door and replacing the garage guttering. The garage is the most likely recipient of any saving, which is a shame because I'm overdue a shopping trip.
The company that can save me this cash is Ovo energy. Now weren't they the ones who were telling the truth to the House of Commons Select Committee whilst nPower, British Has, eon and the rest of them lied about fluctuating energy prices? I do believe they were.
Ovo Energy also source 15% of their energy from renewable sources. How terribly ethical.
Ovo Energy also pay 3% on credit balances. Really? I mean really? That's better than any High Street bank or Building Society.
What's their telephone number? Funny you should ask: they have a call centre in Bristol full of lovely Bristolians and you can dial 0800 5999 440, free from most landlines, or 01179 303100 for those of you with free minutes calling from your mobile where 0800 numbers are chargeable. How thoughtful; you get to choose which phone number to call depending on which suits you.
Oh, and they're on Twitter @OvoEnergy.
And ofcourse Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ovoenergy
And they're even on Google+ (weirdos): https://plus.google.com/+ovoenergy/posts
And YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/OvoEnergyTV
And they blog (only freaks blog): http://www.ovoenergy.com/blog/
And if that isn't enough they're happy for you to pop in for a chat. I know!!! Speak to a real person face to face. You have to be in Bristol mind but that might be half the fun. (40 St Thomas, Bristol, BS16JX)
And for the old folk they have e-mail, how sweet: firstname.lastname@example.org
I sound like I'm on commission, I'm really not. I haven't even switched yet, but I will. I haven't even spoken to them yet, but I will. I have sent them a couple of tweets though, 'cos I'm like that. I also sent Scottish Power and Uswitch a tweet too, 'cos I'm like that.