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Everything about Bulb and what they offer customers of Sheffield

Last Update: June 2021

Bulb have 1.6 million customers around the UK and in South Yorkshire, which is huge given that they were only founded in 2015. Two guys in London recognised a gap in the energy market for green energy, and since then they have grown exponentially, spreading across the UK and even to other countries.

You may know Bulb as one of the UK's greenest energy suppliers. They provide 100% renewable electricity to their customers and the gas that their customers use is offset through investment in carbon offsetting schemes. Moreover, through investing in technologies that keep their costs down, they pass on savings they make to their customers. Bulb customers are therefore able to make hefty savings each month, which might not have been possible if they were with a larger supplier, such as one of the Big 6. Their vari-fair tariff (also, their only tariff!) is susceptible to price fluctuations, as it is a variable tariff, meaning that it reflects fluctuations in the wholesale cost of energy.

Questions Frequently Asked by Sheffielders

How much does 1 kWh cost on average with Bulb in South Yorkshire?

In South Yorkshire the unit rate for Bulb’s electricity is 17.7975 p per kWh. For a kWh of Bulb’s gas you will be paying 3.1395 p.

Does Bulb supply smart energy meters?

You will be happy to find out that Bulb does supply smart energy meters in South Yorkshire. Even better news is that it only supplies the SMETS2 smart meters to its customers. These second generation smart energy meters mean that if you decide to switch energy suppliers in the future you will be able to use the same energy meter with your new supplier.

Energy consumption in Sheffield

Typology of Sheffield’s housing

The 230,732 households of Sheffield have an average of 2.41 inhabitants living in each house. If you are interested in finding out how these properties are powered, see the table below.

Total Sheffield households 230,732 100%
Electric central heating 28880 12.52%
Gas central heating 111641 48.39%
Oil central heating 37272 16.15%
No central heating 52939 22.94%

What is the average energy consumption for a typical Sheffielder?

2018 government data gives us an idea of how much Sheffielders consume on average. It reveals that the average household in South Yorkshire consumes 3,343.41 kWh a year, while the median consumption is around 2,928.81 kWh.

Who is the main supplier of energy to the 230,732 households of Sheffield?

Npower is the most popular energy provider in Yorkshire and in much of South Yorkshire notably the large cities such as Chapeltown, Penistone or Conisbrough. Therefore, many Sheffielders have stuck with Npower despite being free to change at any time! Sheffield dwellers can make substantial savings on energy related expenses by switching their current providers.

Getting an energy supply for your new home in Sheffield

Just moved to Sheffield? Greetings fellow Sheffielder

We want to wish you a warm welcome to Sheffield, which is a part of South Yorkshire, we hope your move was easy and you are settling into your new home. You are now one of the 555,295 inhabitants of Sheffield. You have also moved into one of the current 230,732 households of the 5th largest city in the UK. In Sheffield there is an average of 2.41 people living in a household.

Sheffield is also part of South Yorkshire which is the / largest county in the UK. You may be interested to know that South Yorkshire houses 1342433 in South Yorkshire.households properties.

Important numbers in Sheffield

Every city has different phone numbers for their local authorities. We have added a list of them below on top of some important numbers you should be aware of. Here are the important phone numbers for Sheffield.

Service Name Address Contact Website
Water Services Yorkshire Water Western House, Western Way, Bradford BD6 2LZ Phone: +44(0)1274 691 111
Fax: +44(0)1274 604 764
Phone: http://www.yorkshirewater.com/
City Hall / / / /

Who to warn when you’re moving to South Yorkshire

Before the day you move to Sheffield you will have a never ending list of tasks. To make things simpler for you we have crafted a list of important numbers to call and warn about your change of address. Remember to update the following: * Your broadband and mobile providers * Your Bank * Your energy supplier/s * The local council and local electoral roll * The TV licensing authority * The DVLA in order to update your driving license.

Make sure to note them and call them all, or your previous properties new tenants will be receiving your important information and bills by post. You should also get your mail forwarded to your new home in South Yorkshire. To do so just go to your local post office and inform them of your new address and ask them to forward your mail there.

A guide to moving to Sheffield

Have you just moved to Sheffield District ? Great! If you are recent Sheffielder, or even if you have lived in South Yorkshire for a while now, you are now one of the 555,295 inhabitants of Sheffield. One thing you need to get sorted pretty rapidly is your energy supply. How are you going to fuel up your new house? Lucky for you, we will sort that out for you. We just need you to carry out a few quick steps first, to allow us to complete the switch efficiently.

  • We know that saying goodbye to your old place should be more sentimental than taking a meter reading. But, it's important that you take a meter reading in your previous home as you walk out the door to make sure that you don't pay for what you don't use. Write it down and leave it in a safe place where the next inhabitants of the house can find it. You'll also need this information just in case your previous provider wants it.
  • Now when moving into your new place in Sheffield! Do the same - write down the meter reading once you've located it your new energy meter.
  • It's likely that you will inherit the contract of the previous inhabitants of the property and you'll keep it until you decide to switch. If you can't find the details of the previous energy contract of the house, don't worry! Simply follow the different steps from our guide on how to set up energy and notably how to find out who supplies the energy to the property.
  • And this is where we come in to help you find and switch to the best energy supplier on the market.

Switching your energy provider is easier than it sounds, so don't be scared away! With Switch Plan, it's a piece of cake. Just call us on 0330 054 0018 and we will do a free price comparison service for you based on current plans on the market and your personal energy needs.

How to transfer energy supplier to your new home?

Before you decide to just transfer your old energy supply over to your new property in Sheffield, we want you to remember something important. Switching energy suppliers is completely free and even better, it will save you money on your future energy bills. Call the following number, 0330 054 0018 to find out more about making the switch and what options are available to your in South Yorkshire.

However if you were content with your previous energy contract, you may be surprised to find out that it’s not possible to transfer it over to your new property. To ensure you can carry it out, be sure to check the following.

  • Does your new property have the same energy sources and requirements?
  • Is your new energy meter compatible with your old tariff?
  • Is your old tariff & supplier available in Sheffield?

If all the above apply, then it is possible for you to < ahref="https://www.switch-plan.co.uk/moving-house/energy-transfer/">transfer your old energy supply to your new home in Sheffield. We still advise that you consider switching providers as all properties have different energy priorities and needs. Despite this, if you still want to transfer your old contract over, all you need to do is call your provider and give them your new address and postcode.

How to connect your home to the grid?

Once you move to your new home in Sheffield you will want it to be connected to the grid so that you can receive your energy supply and power up and heat your home. It is likely that your property is already connected to the grid, however in the case that it isn’t, below are the steps to follow. Don’t worry the vast majority of the 230,732 houses in Sheffield are already connected, this will be more useful to those that are building a new property.

  • Call the National Grid Energy Transmission (NGET) on 0800 688 588 in order to arrange a pre-application meeting. This meeting is about the workload, timeline and cost of the project.
  • Submit your application forms to the Electricity Systems Operator (ESO). Don’t be surprised by the application fee!
  • A team will visit your property and send you a quote in 1 to 3 working weeks.
  • Now begins the grid connection work.

Make sure to call and apply early on, this whole process can take time. Try and get your application off while the property is being built to avoid any unnecessary waiting and work.

Bulb tariffs and rates in June 2021 in Sheffield

You don't have to worry about separate gas and electricity bills with Bulb, since they only offer a dual fuel tariff. What else do you need to know about Bulb's vari-fair tariff? Lucky for you, Bulb are committed to keeping things simple:

  • No exit fees.
  • One tariff for everyone, around £890.
  • 100% renewable electricity and carbon offsetting.
  • Their ‘vari-fair’ tariff fluctuates depending on the cost of wholesale energy.
  • 30 day warning before your bill increases.

Sounds appealing right? Now you must be wondering about the price of the vari-fair tariff. Check it out below.

Bulb’s Green energy plans in Sheffield

As a Sheffielder you should be aware that Bulb supplies 100% renewable energy and 100% carbon-neutral gas to their customers from South Yorkshire. You may be wondering how Bulb source the green energy they provide, well incase you wanted to find out, below is their fuel mix.

  • 78% wind
  • 18% solar
  • 4% hydro

When it comes to the gas Bulb provides in Sheffield and around the UK, it is either green biomethane gas or completely carbon-offset. Bulb is in fact the biggest buyer of green biomethane gas for homes. In other words their energy fuel mix is impressive and Bulb is making efforts to be able to provide sustainable energy to customers around the UK.

June 2021 gas rates in Sheffield

Name of the Plan Tariff value Unit Price

 

price/kWh
Standing Charge

 

price/day
Vari-Fair Tariff Variable
17.7975 p
20.097 p

June 2021 Electricity rates in Sheffield

Name of the Plan Tariff value Unit Price

 

price/kWh
Standing Charge

 

price/day
Vari-Fair Tariff Variable
17.7975 p
20.097 p

June 2021 Economy 7 rates in Sheffield

Do you own an Economy 7 meter? Do you like the idea of saving money on your energy bills? Well first let us explain how it works in case you aren't aware. An Economy 7 meter works with two different energy rates, one for the day and the other for night, otherwise known as peak and off-peak. The price of off-peak energy is generally significantly lower, so if you are likely to use energy in those hours at your new property in Sheffield, then you could be saving some money with an Economy meter. Bulb charges significantly less for off-peak usage, compared to other suppliers. You can see their Economy 7 electricity rates for credit and prepayment meters below:

Meter Type Day unit rate (per kWh) Night unit rate (per kWh) Standing charge (per day) Estimated annual electricity price Night rate hours
Credit meter 16.447p per kWh 7.455p per kWh 19.79p £604.44 00:00 – 07:00 or 00:30 – 07:30
Prepayment meter 16.086p per kWh 7.109p per kWh 25.91p £611.81 00:00 – 07:00 or 00:30 – 07:30

Important information regarding Sheffield’s energy distribution network operators

Not sure who the energy distribution network operators in your area are or what they do? That’s alright we will explain everything to you, including how and when to get in touch with them.

Essentially they are responsible for the gas pipes and electricity cables that cover the UK and provide your dear homes with energy. In the UK the operators vary according to regions. If you want to find out who distributes the energy in Sheffield, read on.

What should I do if I experience a power cut in Sheffield?

There are two common reasons for experiencing a power outage in South Yorkshire. The first is a trip of the fuse in your house electricity circuit. If that is the case, good news, you can switch the energy back on by visiting your trusty fuse box and switching on any switches that have turned off.

The second reason is that there is a power cut in your neighborhood or possibly even in Sheffield as a whole. This generally means that some power lines have been broken or damaged. Some reasons for this happening are:

  • A power line has been damaged or has fallen over.
  • Lightning striking an electricity pole.
  • Transformers have been switched off.

In Sheffield, your DNO is Northern Powergrid. To get in touch with them, call them on the number that follows 0800 011 3332. They are responsible for fixing any damage or issues that are causing a power cut in South Yorkshire and will send out someone to fix it.

Who is Sheffield’s gas distributor?

Do you ever sit back and think, 'how do gas arrive in my house? Where do they come from?' Probably not. But if you have, then we have all the information here for you. You will likely never have to get in touch with your gas distribution company, but if you were interested, gas is provided by Cadent Gas in Sheffield District .

Gas is distributed through a pretty complex system of pipes. This network is called the Gas Distribution Network, which manages the transportation of gas around the UK. This is an important job as it ensures the safety of British people as well. A gas leak is no fun. Technical queries can be solved by your gas distributor in Sheffield, and any other questions regarding your gas supply. However,it is best to just go directly to your supplier for questions like that.

Who distributes electricity in Sheffield?

In Sheffield your DNO is Northern Powergrid.

If Sheffield experiences a long power cut (no need to rush, they are probably already on it), you should ring the emergency phone number for your distributor. Sheffielders can give their local South Yorkshire electricity DNO (Distribution Network Operator) a ring, in case of emergency or to get urgent up-to-date information.

How should I contact Sheffield’s energy distributors?

Give your Distribution Network Operator a ring in case of an emergency. They are responsible for guarantying the entire networks well functioning.

Company name Company number
South Yorkshire Northern Powergrid General Number
0800 011 3332
South Yorkshire Northern Powergrid Emergency Number
0800 375675
South Yorkshire Cadent Gas Number
0345 835 1111
South Yorkshire Cadent Gas Emergency Number
0800 111 999

Find more info on their website:

Northern Powergrid Northern Powergrid website
Cadent Gas Cadent Gas website

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