Switching to a Bulb deal in Glasgow
Who are Bulb, and what's on offer for their Glasgow customers?
Last Update: September 2021
Bulb is the fastest-growing energy provider in the UK and was founded in 2013. They supply 100% renewable electricity and 100% carbon neutral gas. As of now, they supply energy to over 1.6 million customers notably in Strathclyde. Bulb over a variable tariff and do not charge exit fees, which ensures you are free to switch suppliers at any time if need be. The single tariff means that you do not have to filter through dozens of options. They aim to keep things simple and effective. Bulb claims that their tariff is 18% cheaper than other tariffs from the energy market. This is due to the fact that they invest money into technologies that allows them to keep their prices low, meaning they can offer their tariff at a more reasonable price for customers.
Recently Bulb announced that they are going bust as a result of complications caused by the UK's energy crisis. However, because of their size, Ofgem is unable to simply transfer their customers to a new supplier without causing a chain reaction of business failures within the energy industry. Instead, they have entered a special legal process called "special administrator", in which the UK government will fund Bulb to continue to operate until they can come to a close in a safe manner in an effort to minimise any negative impact on the remainder of the energy market.
What you need to know about your gas & electricity distribution network operators in Glasgow
Looking to find out who the energy distribution network operators in Strathclyde are? Below you will find their contact information in case you have an emergency and need to get in contact with them.
Around the UK there are several distribution networks, these vary depending on the region you live in. The network operators are in charge of all the electricity cables and gas pipes that are running in the country. To find out who distributes the electricity and gas in Glasgow, read on.
Who is the gas distributor in Glasgow?
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 City of Glasgow.
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 Glasgow, 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 Glasgow?
In Glasgow your DNO is SSE Power Distribution.
If Glasgow 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. Glaswegians can give their local Strathclyde electricity DNO (Distribution Network Operator) a ring, in case of emergency or to get urgent up-to-date information.
How to react in a power cut in Glasgow?
If you are unfortunate enough to experience a power cut in Glasgow, 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 Glasgow, 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 Glasgow call your Distribution Network Operator on the following number 0345 070 7373. In Glasgow, your DNO is SSE Power Distribution. They will send a team out to fix the power lines.
How can residents of Glasgow contact reach their energy distributors?
Distribution Network Provider are in charge of fixing all network issues. Here's how to contact them:
|Company name||Company number|
|Strathclyde SSE Power Distribution General Number||
0345 070 7373
|Strathclyde SSE Power Distribution Emergency Number||
0800 111 999
|Strathclyde Cadent Gas Number||
0345 835 1111
|Strathclyde Cadent Gas Emergency Number||
0800 111 999
You can also visit their website for more info:
|SSE Power Distribution||SSE Power Distribution website|
|Cadent Gas||Cadent Gas website|
Energy consumption in Glasgow
What’s the average consumption in Strathclyde?
2018 government data gives us an idea of how much Glaswegians consume on average. It reveals that the average household in Strathclyde consumes 3,542.93 kWh a year, while the median consumption is around 3,087.94 kWh.
How Glasgow’s houses are powered and heated?
Glasgow is home to 12,079 households which have 48.06 inhabitants on average. These properties have their own way of being powered, below you will be able to see the percentage of houses being powered by electricity, gas, oil or no central heating.
|Total Glasgow households||12,079||100%|
|Electric central heating||1931||15.98%|
|Gas central heating||9408||77.89%|
|Oil central heating||19||0.16%|
|No central heating||721||5.97%|
Who supplies energy to the 580,466 Glaswegians?
Scottish Power is the most popular energy provider in South Scotland and in much of Strathclyde notably the large cities such as Coatbridge, Giffnock or Gourock. Therefore, many Glaswegians have stuck with Scottish Power despite being free to change at any time! Glasgow dwellers can make substantial savings on energy related expenses by switching their current providers.
Switching over to Bulb as your energy provider in Glasgow
It is crucial to switch energy suppliers regularly in Glasgow 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.
Are Bulb's prices competitive in Glasgow?
Bulb’s tariffs in Glasgow are known to be affordable, especially when comparing them to those of the Big 6 energy suppliers. Since they are investing in affordable energy, their customers are able to reap the benefits by getting lower energy prices. They provide a variable tariff, meaning that it changes depending on the wholesale cost of energy at the time. This means that it can go up, but remember that it can go down as well. Overall their tariffs is known to be affordable. As you can see below, when compared to the bigger suppliers in the UK, Bulb has the cheapest rate. * Bulb: £923.26 * Octopus Energy: £947.58 * Scottish Power: £989.20 * E.ON: £1,042 * SSE: £1,090.63 * British Gas: £1,125
To make it even more obvious, we can look at the main energy tariff unit rates for some of these big players.
|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|
If you want to be a part of the 1.6 million others who currently get their energy from Bulb, you've come to the right place. At Switch Plan, our aim is to find you the best plan for your property. If you decide you want to make the switch over to a Bulb tariff, you can chat to one of our experts by ringing us on 0330 054 0018. They will walk you through the tariff available in order to find the perfect match for you. On this page we've outlined all the information you need about switching over to Bulb in Strathclyde.
Or if you feel like digging deeper into other suppliers and how their rates compare in Glasgow, we have created a list for you to explore. * British Gas in Glasgow * E.ON in Glasgow * Scottish Power in Glasgow * Octopus Energy in Glasgow * Ovo Energy in Glasgow * Electricity and Gas in Glasgow
How do I reach Bulb in Glasgow?
To contact Bulb's customer service, ring 0300 30 30 635. They are available between Monday and Friday from 9am to 6pm. If you feel like exploring your energy options, give us a call at 0330 054 0018. Our experts can switch your energy supplier to Bulb for free, all you have to do is give us a call to find out more. They will deal with the process for you and all you will have to do is provide them with some basic information about your current energy bill. However, if you want to get into contact with Bulb directly, below you will have their details.
|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.
How much does 1 kWh cost on average with Bulb in Strathclyde?
In Strathclyde the electricity unit rate for Bulb is 17.7975 pence for kWh. For gas it is 3.1395 penny per kWh.
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.
Getting an energy supply for your new home in Glasgow
Glasgow’s grid connection process
Once you move to your new home in Glasgow 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 12,079 houses in Glasgow 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.
Places to notify before your move to Glasgow
Before the day you move to Glasgow 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 Strathclyde. 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.
Just moved to Glasgow? Greetings fellow Glaswegian
Welcome to your new home in Glasgow. Did you Glasgow is part of Strathclyde, the / largest county in the country with a current population of 2199413. Once you move to Glasgow you will become a Glaswegian and join the other 580,466 Glaswegians. You will be moving into one of the 12,079 of the Glasgow.
Glasgow’s main numbers to remember
Once you have moved to Glasgow you will not be familiar with some of the important local numbers. Below we have listed them for you to have access to, we have also included some general numbers you may need.
|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
What to remember when moving to Glasgow?
Moving is a stressful time in anyone's life, but it is also full of adventure and excitement. To make things easier for you we have created some reminders of important things to remember before moving to Glasgow. Many people leave their energy supply at the end of their list and risk being caught not having the supplier of their choice or paying over the odds when they shouldn’t be. Follow these simple steps to sort out your energy supply on time and efficiently.
- Deregister with your old energy supplier on time, by warning them about the day of your move.
- Right before leaving your old house, take a meter reading
- As soon as you arrive at your new house, take another meter reading.
- Think about the energy requirements needed for your new house.
Now that you are moving property to Glasgow, there is truly no better time to consider switching energy suppliers. With one quick 10 minute phone call, our experts at Switch Plan can advise you with the latest tariffs that will best suit you and your new home. Give them a call on 0330 054 0018. Remember switching providers is free and even advised by the energy watchdog Ofgem.
Before you give us a call, consider what the energy priorities are for your new property. Whether they are environmental, financial, or logistical. This will allow our experts to give you the most ideal energy options.
How to transfer your energy supply as a Glaswegian?
It is sometimes possible to transfer your energy supplier and contract from your old home to your new property in Glasgow, although it is not always recommended. Indeed, it is an ideal time to find a better deal and one that is more suited to your new home which will likely have different energy requirements. Give our experts a call on 0330 054 0018, all it takes is a 10 minute conversation.
If you decide that sticking with the same supplier is the best option for you, you may be upset to find out that it isn’t even possible. Tariffs vary according to location and therefore your current tariff or even supplier may not be available for your new home in Strathclyde.
When moving to your new home in Glasgow you will be placed on a deemed contract with the supplier that is currently providing energy to your new household. To see if it is possible to change this to your previous tariff, you will need to check the following: * If your old house's tariff is available in Glasgow. * If your new home’s energy meter is compatible with your tariff. * If your new home runs on the same energy sources.
If these all check out then it will be possible to transfer over your old energy tariff to your new home in Glasgow. To do so you will need to call your supplier. Have your new address and postcode ready in order to carry out the transfer.
Bulb tariffs and rates in September 2021 in Glasgow
Bulb only offer dual fuel. They like to keep things simple. At Switch Plan, we are big fans of dual fuel, since it is generally more affordable and much easier for you to manage your utility bills. Below are some other things to keep in mind about Bulb's plan.
- You don't have to worry about exit fees.
- They have one tariff for everyone, costing around £890.
- It’s one of the cheapest on the market, and it is 100% renewable.
- Their ‘vari-fair’ tariff fluctuates depending on the cost of wholesale energy.
- You will receive a 30 day warning before your bill increases.
Now, let's take a look at Bulb's gas and electricity tariffs in Strathclyde.
Bulb’s September 2021 gas rates in Glasgow
|Name of the Plan||Tariff value||Unit Price
Bulb’s September 2021 single electricity plan in Glasgow
|Name of the Plan||Tariff value||Unit Price
Bulb’s Green energy tariff for Glaswegians
As a Glaswegian you will be happy to know that Bulb provides 100% renewable energy and 100% carbon-neutral gas to all their consumers from Glasgow and the rest of the country. Bulb’s energy fuel mix is shown below.
- 78% wind
- 18% solar
- 4% hydro
You may be interested to know that Bulb is the UK’s largest buyer of green biomethane gas for homes. All the other gas they supply is completely carbon-offset. If you are looking for a green energy supplier Bulb can help you.
September 2021 Bulb’s Dual rate tariff in Glasgow
Bulb provides a dual energy tariff in Glasgow, otherwise known as an Economy 7 tariff. How does this work? It’s quite simple really, these meters have different rates, one for peak hours and the other for off peak hours. Energy in the off peak hours, or at night, is cheaper. This tariff would be ideal for you if you use energy during these times for your property in Strathclyde.
Bulb charges less for off peak hours, compared to other suppliers. If you’re interested in their Economy 7 electricity rates, you can see them here for both credit and prepayment meters:
|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|