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Switching to a Bulb deal in Felixstowe

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Who are Bulb, and what's on offer for their Felixstowe customers?

Last Update: September 2021

Bulb have 1.6 million customers around the UK and in Suffolk, 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.

FAQ

Does Bulb supply smart energy meters?

Bulb does indeed provide smart energy meters in Felixstowe. They only provide the newest version known as the SMETS2 smart meters. The benefit of these meters is that you can keep them when switching energy providers.

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

In Suffolk the electricity unit rate for Bulb is 17.7975 pence for kWh. For gas it is 3.1395 penny per kWh.

Information regarding Felixstowe’s energy use?

What is the average energy consumption for a typical Felixstowe inhabitant?

Based on government data we are able to estimate that the average Felixstowe inhabitant household consumes 3,555.40 kWh a year. The median consumption of that same household would be 3,056.58 kWh.

Who is the main supplier of energy to the 13,012 households of Felixstowe?

Across Suffolk, British Gas are the most popular energy supplier. Large cities such as Beccles, Newmarket or Mildenhall 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 British Gas, but it's definitely worth shopping around for what's available to find the tariff that is best for your property. Remember, Felixstowe inhabitants can save money on gas and electricity by switching energy suppliers.

How are Felixstowe’s houses heated?

In Felixstowe there are 13,012 households with an average of 2.24 people living per household. Below you will be able to see which percentage of these properties are powered by electricity, gas and oil.

Total Felixstowe households 13,012 100%
Electric central heating 1257 9.66%
Gas central heating 11153 85.71%
Oil central heating 131 1.01%
No central heating 471 3.62%

Bulb tariffs and rates in September 2021 in Felixstowe

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 Suffolk.

Bulb’s September 2021 single gas plan in Felixstowe

Name of the Plan Tariff value Unit Price

 

price/kWh
Standing Charge

 

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

September 2021 Bulb’s Dual rate tariff in Felixstowe

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 Felixstowe, 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 – 07:00
Prepayment meter 16.086p per kWh 7.109p per kWh 25.91p £611.81 23:00 – 07:00

Bulb’s Green energy tariff for Felixstowe inhabitants

As a Felixstowe inhabitant you will be happy to know that Bulb provides 100% renewable energy and 100% carbon-neutral gas to all their consumers from Felixstowe 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.

Bulb’s September 2021 electricity rates in Felixstowe

Name of the Plan Tariff value Unit Price

 

price/kWh
Standing Charge

 

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

Important information regarding Felixstowe’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 Felixstowe, read on.

Who distributes Felixstowe’s gas?

In Felixstowe, the gas distribution company is Wales & West Utilities. You will likely never need to get in touch with them in Felixstowe, 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 Wales & West Utilities.

How should I contact Felixstowe’s energy distributors?

Distribution Network Provider are in charge of fixing all network issues. Here's how to contact them:

Company name Company number
Suffolk UK Power Networks General Number
0800 029 4285
Suffolk UK Power Networks Emergency Number
0800 31 63 105
Suffolk Wales & West Utilities Number
0800 912 29 99
Suffolk Wales & West Utilities Emergency Number
0800 111 999

You can also visit their website for more info:

UK Power Networks UK Power Networks website
Wales & West Utilities Wales & West Utilities website

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

We are all likely to experience a house power cut at least once, so it is important to know what to do if it happens to you. The first step is to check the source. Whether it is your fuse box or a cut in your neighborhood in Suffolk

To see if it was a fuse that tripped in your house circuit, check your fuse box and see if any of the switches are off. If the power cut happened when switching on an appliance or light then it is likely that it’s just in your home in Felixstowe.

The second cause for a power cut is if there is one in your area. These are caused for several reasons often out of your control, because the power lines to your home were interrupted. This can happen when: * A power line has been damaged or knocked over. * Lightning has struck a utility pole * Transformers have been shut down

If you notice that your neighborhood is experiencing a power cut, it’s best you call your local Distribution Network Operator on the following number 0800 029 4285. In case you didn't know, in Felixstowe, your local DNO is UK Power Networks. Once they have been informed they will send out a team to resolve the issue.

Felixstowe’s electricity distribution network operator

In case of an emergency or to request some very up-to-date information, Felixstowe inhabitants can ring their local Suffolk electricity Distribution Network Operator (DNO) or their gas provider. In the case where a power cut is unresolved in Felixstowe, you can call your distributor's emergency phone number. In your case you are in the good hands of UK Power Networks.

Powering up your new home in Felixstowe

Important phone numbers in Felixstowe

Whenever you move to a new city, in your case Felixstowe, you will need to know the local authorities numbers. We’ve also added some others you may find useful, you will find them below.

Service Name Address Contact Website
Water Services Anglian Water Lancaster House, Lancaster Way, Ermine Business Park, Huntingdon, PE29 6YJ Phone: +44 (0)1480 323 000
Fax: +44 (0)1480 323 115
Phone: http://www.anglianwater.co.uk/
City Hall / / / /

Who to call before moving to Felixstowe?

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 Suffolk, go to your post office and ask for it to be forwarded to your new address in Felixstowe.

Transferring your energy supply to your new home in Suffolk

Before you decide to just transfer your old energy supply over to your new property in Felixstowe, 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 Suffolk.

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 Felixstowe?

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 Felixstowe. 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.

Connecting your new home to the grid in Felixstowe

It is likely that your new household is connected to the majority of the 13,012 properties in Felixstowe. However, if for some reason, like a new build, you are not yet connected, follow the steps below to learn how to connected your property to the grid in order to receive your energy supply.

  • Call the National Grid Energy Transmission (NGET) on 0800 688 588 to book a pre-application meeting. This meeting will cover workload, timeline and cost.
  • Submit the application forms to the Electricity Systems Operator (ESO) and pay the application fee!
  • A team will visit your property and send you a quote in 1 to 3 working weeks.
  • Grid connection work.

This process can take some time, so make sure to organise it in line with the build of the new property. This will ensure you have energy in your new property before moving in.

The process of moving to Felixstowe

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 Felixstowe. 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 Felixstowe, 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.

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