Archive for September, 2011
There have been warnings in the media over the last few months, which I have mostly disregarded, telling us that all of the big energy companies are putting their prices up. I recall even Chris Huhne, the minister for energy or whatever he is called, urging people to change suppliers and that we don’t have to put up with this.
A couple of weeks ago I received a letter from my electricity and gas supplier, E.ON. “Dear Mr Broom,” it read. “We are putting your prices up again.” I recall receiving a letter like this about six months ago, but this time instead of just putting the new prices on, they foolishly put the old prices on as well. I calculated that the prices were going up about 17% again.
As an E.ON ‘Go green’ customer I pay extra for the privilege of receiving a supply of pure renewable energy. You’ll remember being taught in primary school about unsustainable polluting fossil fuels and how bad these are for your health and the environment. I have always fancied being a Good Energy customer. In my mind they are an expensive premium energy supplier: A small UK business supplying only renewable energy from a large number of micro-generators and their own four wind turbines in Cornwall.
I looked into it and compared the prices. By golly that Chris Huhne fella was right. With the second E.ON price hike it is now cheaper to be a Good Energy customer! Now I can be even more smug with my clean energy supply and the knowledge that I am no longer contributing to the CEO and Chairman of E.ON, Johannes Teyssen’s salary of ONE MILLION EUROS and his annual bonus of TWO MILLION EUROS. Instead, I am paying a large number of domestic energy suppliers using the feed-in tariff thereby encouraging income distibution, supporting further investment in renewables, funding UK jobs AND saving money.
Good times. Switch you energy supplier from the big rip-off companies now and make the world a better place. While you’re at it switch your bank account from the big idiot banks that went bust to one that is more responsible with your money and has an ethical investment policy.
No blog posts for August. Bad times.
For September, a thought for the day: Tax evasion costs 15 times more than benefit fraud.