Switching to a Bulb deal in Giffnock
Who are Bulb, and what's on offer for their Giffnock customers?
Last Update: September 2021
Bulb have 1.6 million customers around the UK and in Strathclyde, which is huge given that they were only founded in 2013. 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.
Unfortunately, as a result of financial complications that were exacerbated by the UK's energy crisis, Bulb Energy has announced that they are going bust. However, because Bulb Energy is such a large supplier the UK government has called for a special legal process, referred to as "special administration", to be implemented. This process means that the UK government will fund Bulb's operations for a period of time until Bulb Energy can seize trading in a safe manner in an effort to reduce any fallout impacting other energy suppliers in the UK market. For now, Bulb Energy will remain active as normal using the government's funding, so it is our suggestion that Bulb customers stay patient and remain with Bulb.
Powering up your new home in Giffnock
A guide to moving to Giffnock
Did you know that Giffnock is the 25th biggest city of the county and 466th in the county. If you've just moved to Renfrewshire, here are the steps you must follow to start powering up your new home! You might be a new Giffnockian, or have been for a while, either way, follow these steps to get you set up.
- When you leave your old house, don't forget to take a meter reading. Write it on a note and leave it somewhere safe for the next inhabitants of the property. This is to make sure that you don't get charged for the energy that the new residents use.
- Now, you need to do the same in your new house in Giffnock! Locate the meter in the property, and jot down the reading. This is also to make sure you are not overcharged.
- It's probable that you will onboard the contract of the previous residents of the property. You can stay on it until you decide to switch energy suppliers. If the previous inhabitants didn't make a note of the meter reading, don't worry! Simply follow the different steps of our guide on how to set up energy and notably how to find out who supplies energy to your new property.
We told you it was easy! Now that you have all the information you'll need to provide to our experts, you can ring us up and we can start the switching process. Together we will compare energy suppliers and switch to the best supplier based on your needs. Switching your energy provider is quick and easy, so don't worry! With Switch Plan, we'll walk you through it every step of the way. Just call us on 0330 054 0018 and we will assess your situation to find you the best energy plan for your personal requirements.
Just moved to Giffnock? Greetings fellow Giffnockian
We want to wish you a warm welcome to Giffnock, which is a part of Strathclyde, we hope your move was easy and you are settling into your new home. You are now one of the 16,115 inhabitants of Giffnock. You have also moved into one of the current 12,656 households of the 466th largest city in the UK. In Giffnock there is an average of 1.27 people living in a household.
Giffnock is also part of Strathclyde which is the 25th largest county in the UK. You may be interested to know that Strathclyde houses 2199413 in Strathclyde.households properties.
How to transfer energy supplier to your new home?
Did you know that energy prices vary depending on location. So your energy tariff in Giffnock could be cheaper or more expensive than the exact same tariff in another city. This is why if you are moving house it is best to find a better deal and switch energy providers. If you would like to find out more about this call us on the following number 0330 054 0018.
Once you have moved to Giffnock and settled in your new home, you will realise that you will have been placed on a deemed contract with the supplier that was already providing energy to your new home. If you were happy with your old energy contract and tariff and want to transfer it over to your new property you will need to first check the following: * Is your old property’s tariff available in Giffnock? * Is your new home’s energy meter compatible with your old contract? * Does your new house use the same energy sources?
If you could answer yes to all of these questions then you should be able to transfer your old energy contract over to your new home in Strathclyde. We do recommend you think this through since all households have different energy needs and you are likely to find a better deal by switching. If you are happy with this then you can call your energy supplier and ask them to transfer your contract over. Provide them with your new address and postcode in order to complete the transfer.
Important numbers in Giffnock
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 Giffnock.
|Water Services||Scottish Water||Castle House, 6 Castle Drive, Carnegie Campus, Dunfermline KY11 8GG||Phone: +44(0)800 0778 778
Fax: +44(0)1383 622090
How to connect your home to the grid?
Once you move to your new home in Giffnock 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 12,656 houses in Giffnock 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.
Who to warn when you’re moving to Strathclyde
We understand that moving is a stressful period in anyone's life, so to try and simplify things for you we have put together a list of places to notify before moving. You should warn them all about your change of address, so that they can update their details of you and contact you if need be. Here is the list: * Broadband and phone providers * Bank * Energy provider * Local council and electoral roll * TV licensing authority * DVLA to update your driving license.
To ensure that you still get all your post in Strathclyde, go to your post office and ask for it to be forwarded to your new address in Giffnock.
Setting up a Bulb account in Giffnock
It is crucial to switch energy suppliers regularly in Giffnock if you don’t want to be paying more than you should for your energy. To switch energy suppliers to Bulb you can give us a ring on the following number 0330 054 0018, and we will deal with all the admin and switching processes for you. To get you on Bulb's tariff we just need a few details from you. To make things easier for you we have listed them below.
- Current energy supplier
- Current energy tariff
- Current average monthly energy bill
- Energy bill (not older than 3 months)
- MPRN (Meter Point Reference Number)
- Properties postcode
Visit the following page for more details about switching energy suppliers in Strathclyde. This article will provide you with a more detailed explanation about why you should switch, the process involved and the reasons for providing the information we request above.
Is Bulb expensive and how does it compare to its competitors in Giffnock?
Bulb's plans are some of the most affordable on the market, without compromising quality of service. Their customers seem delighted by the competitive prices of their energy plans, and the high quality of service they receive. Bulb's investment in affordable and renewable energies makes their plans well-priced, making for some happy customers! Remember, however, that your energy bill can change each month, as the cost of wholesale energy determines how much Bulb will charge you. But they will always give you 30 days warning before any price increases. * Bulb: £923.26 * Octopus Energy: £947.58 * Scottish Power: £989.20 * EON: £1,042 * SSE: £1090.63 * British Gas: £1,125
Obvisouly you will see the same kind of differences if you look at the main tariff unit price of these suppliers
|Supplier||Electricity kWh price||Gas kWh price|
|Bulb||17.7975 p||3.1395 p|
|Octopus Energy||14.97 p p||2.28 p|
|Scottish Power||18.981 p||3.28 p|
|Bulb Energy||24.878 p||3.282 p|
|Ovo Energy||14.17 p||3.26 p|
|British Gas||16.755 p||3.442 p|
There's more information on this page about the specifics of switching to Bulb. But, if we've managed to convince you already, give give us a ring on 0330 054 0018 and you can chat to one of our experts who'll guide you through switching to Bulb and will advise you on the best tariff for your home. You can also give us a call If you decide that going for one of the largest energy suppliers in the UK isn't for you and you want to chat through alternative options. Either way, we'll make sure your new home in Giffnock gets fuelled up quickly and smoothly.
If you still want to explore more options or are curious about some other suppliers in Strathclyde, be sure to check out the following suppliers and what they have on offer in Giffnock. * British Gas in Giffnock * E.ON in Giffnock * Scottish Power in Giffnock * Octopus Energy in Giffnock * Ovo Energy in Giffnock * Electricity and Gas in Giffnock
How do I get in touch with Bulb in Giffnock?
To contact Bulb's customer service, ring 0300 30 30 635. They are available between Monday and Friday from 9am to 6pm.
Do you have any questions or concerns about your energy supply? Switch Plan can guide you. We are a free, impartial service. Give us a ring on 0330 054 0018. We can switch your energy supply to Bulb completely free of charge.
However if you are looking to switch to Bulb in Giffnock, you might want to get in touch with them directly, which is understandable. Or indeed, if you have an emergency with your gas or electricity in Giffnock, then they are also at your disposal. All of their contact details are laid out below for you.
|Type of Enquiry||Number to contact|
General Enquiries for Bulb customers.
0300 30 30 635
Open from 9am to 6pm during the week.
Email address for all and any complaints you might have about Bulb.
9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Bulb tariffs and rates in September 2021 in Giffnock
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.
September 2021 Electricity rates in Giffnock
|Name of the Plan||Tariff value||Unit Price
September 2021 gas rates in Giffnock
|Name of the Plan||Tariff value||Unit Price
September 2021 Bulb’s Economy 7 tariff in Giffnock
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 Giffnock, 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||23:00 – 07:30|
|Prepayment meter||16.086p per kWh||7.109p per kWh||25.91p||£611.81||23:00 – 07:30|
Bulb’s Green energy plans in Giffnock
As a Giffnockian you should be aware that Bulb supplies 100% renewable energy and 100% carbon-neutral gas to their customers from Strathclyde. 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 Giffnock 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.
Questions Frequently Asked by Giffnockians
How much does 1 kWh cost on average with Bulb in Strathclyde?
In Strathclyde 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 Strathclyde. 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.
What you need to know about your gas & electricity distribution network operators in Giffnock
In the UK the gas and electricity distribution network operators are the ones who are in charge of the cables and pipes that provide energy to your property. Different regions are operated by different companies. As a Giffnockian you will have unique distributors for your region, these can be found below.
Who distributes electricity in Giffnock?
Now, while we are here to guide you on all of your gas and electricity queries, there are some urgent matters that are reserved for your supplier or your Distribution Network Operator (DNO). Let's say you have a power cut. You need to contact your DNO to inform them so they can resolve the issue. Alternatively, if you require some information that is more concerned with energy distribution, they are also the people to contact. In Giffnock your DNO is SSE Power Distribution.
Who is Giffnock’s gas distributor?
In Giffnock, the gas distribution company is SGN. You will likely never need to get in touch with them in Giffnock, since any problems can be solved directly by your energy supplier. But if you have a specific question, of course you can get in touch with them. So, how does gas travel around the UK? Gas is transported through a complex system of pipes underground to get to your front door and heat your home. We won't bore you with the details, but it's quite clever, and it is managed in your region by SGN.
How should I contact Giffnock’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|
|Strathclyde SSE Power Distribution General Number||
0345 070 7373
|Strathclyde SSE Power Distribution Emergency Number||
0800 111 999
|Strathclyde SGN Number||
0800 912 1700
|Strathclyde SGN Emergency Number||
0800 111 999
Find more info on their website:
|SSE Power Distribution||SSE Power Distribution website|
What should I do if I experience a power cut in Giffnock?
If you are unfortunate enough to experience a power cut in Giffnock, there are a few things to remember. You may be able to solve it yourself, if the energy only cut out in your home. This is usually due to a fuse having tripped in your house circuit. If that is the case locate your fuse box and switch back on any switches that have turned off.
If it seems to be a wider power cut in your area of Giffnock, it is usually because the power lines have been interrupted. There could be several reasons for this.
- A power line has been damaged or knocked over.
- Lightning striking an electricity pole.
- Transformers have been turned off.
If you are experiencing a power cut in Giffnock call your Distribution Network Operator on the following number 0345 070 7373. In Giffnock, your DNO is SSE Power Distribution. They will send a team out to fix the power lines.
Energy consumption in Giffnock
What’s the average energy consumption for a Giffnockian?
It's important to know how much Giffnockians tend to consume. 2018 government data indicates that the average Giffnockian household consumes 3,542.93 kWh a year. The median consumption of that same household would be 3,087.94 kWh.
Who is the main supplier of energy to the 12,656 households of Giffnock?
Across Strathclyde, Scottish Power are the most popular energy supplier. Large cities such as Cambuslang, Larkhall or Greenock strongly contribute to his popularity. However, don't be fooled into thinking that they are the best for you just because they are the most popular in your area. We aren't saying there is anything wrong with Scottish Power, but it's definitely worth shopping around for what's available to find the tariff that is best for your property. Remember, Giffnockians can save money on gas and electricity by switching energy suppliers.
Typology of Giffnock’s housing
The 12,656 households of Giffnock have an average of 1.27 inhabitants living in each house. If you are interested in finding out how these properties are powered, see the table below.
|Total Giffnock households||12,656||100%|
|Electric central heating||1023||8.09%|
|Gas central heating||11241||88.82%|
|Oil central heating||13||0.10%|
|No central heating||378||2.99%|