Switching to a Bulb deal in Bradford
Everything about Bulb and what they offer customers of Bradford
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 West Yorkshire. 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.
Powering up your new home in Bradford
A guide to moving to Bradford
Did you know that Bradford is the 2nd biggest city of the county and 13rd in the county. If you've just moved to Bradford District , here are the steps you must follow to start powering up your new home! You might be a new Bradfordian, 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 Bradford! 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 Bradford? Greetings fellow Bradfordian
Welcome to Bradford
Who to warn when you’re moving to West Yorkshire
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 West Yorkshire, go to your post office and ask for it to be forwarded to your new address in Bradford.
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 Bradford, 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 West 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 Bradford?
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 Bradford. 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?
It is likely that your new household is connected to the majority of the 122,205 properties in Bradford. 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.
Important numbers in Bradford
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 Bradford.
|Water Services||Yorkshire Water||Western House, Western Way, Bradford BD6 2LZ||Phone: +44(0)1274 691 111
Fax: +44(0)1274 604 764
Switching energy suppliers to Bulb in Bradford
Are you considering switching energy providers to Bulb? It's not common knowledge that switching energy suppliers can lead to massive savings. West Yorkshire residents should even be doing this regularly, if you want to find out why it is so important, follow the link to our article on switching energy suppliers. You may also call our energy experts on 0330 054 0018. They will be able to inform you on Bulb’s tariffs as well as the importance of switching energy suppliers and how it will save you money on your monthly energy bills in Bradford.
If you would like to switch over to Bulb or another energy supplier, call our experts on the number above. Make sure to prepare the information below beforehand so that they can handle your switch immediately and efficiently.
- Your energy provider
- Your energy tariff
- An energy bill (not older than 3 months) to establish your average monthly energy bill
- Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN)
- Your postcode
It shouldn’t take you too long to find these details and once you do, our experts will show you how easy it can be to switch to Bulb and tell you how much money you will be saving by doing so. No matter if you have been a Bradfordian your whole life or if you’ve just moved to West Yorkshire, you should always be open to switching energy suppliers given how much it can make you in savings. It’s as simple as calling us.
Is Bulb expensive and how does it compare to its competitors in Bradford?
Bulb's customers rave about the price of their energy. Compared to plans from the Big 6, Bulb's tariffs are very affordable. Why is this? Well, they invest in both renewable and affordable energy. The savings they make are passed onto their customers. The cost of energy can change month on month, however, since they provide a variable tariff - their vari-fair tariff - which reflects fluctuations in the wholesale price of energy. But all in all, Bulb's plans are delightfully affordable. As shown below, Bulb has the cheapest rate when comparing to other big suppliers in Bradford. * Bulb: £923.26 * Octopus Energy: £947.58 * Scottish Power: £989.20 * EON: £1,042 * SSE: £1090.63 * British Gas: £1125
Same goes if we compare the unit price of these big guys main tariffs in Bradford:
|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||26.834 p||3.254 p|
|Ovo Energy||13.75 p||3.26 p|
|British Gas||16.355 p||3.416 p|
If you decide that Bulb is for you when you make the move over to Bradford and want to join their 1.6 million other customers across the UK, you can ring up their number for enquiries on 0300 30 30 635. Whether you want to switch suppliers to Bulb or if you decide you want an alternative energy plan, you can also ring up one of our experts on 0330 054 0018 and they can guide you through a variety of different tariffs. Either way, we'll make sure that you kick start your energy supply in Bradford in no time.
If you are still not sure about Bulb being the right supplier for you and your property be sure to check out some more suppliers in West Yorkshire. * British Gas in Bradford * E.ON in Bradford * Scottish Power in Bradford * Octopus Energy in Bradford * Ovo Energy in Bradford * Electricity and Gas in Bradford
How do I get in touch with Bulb in Bradford?
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 Bradford, 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 Bradford, 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.
What is the consumption of energy like in Bradford?
What’s the average energy consumption for a Bradfordian?
It's important to know how much Bradfordians tend to consume. 2018 government data indicates that the average Bradfordian household consumes 3,318.85 kWh a year. The median consumption of that same household would be 2,883.24 kWh.
Typology of Bradford’s housing
In Bradford there are 122,205 households with an average of 2.77 people living per household. Below you will be able to see which percentage of these properties are powered by electricity, gas and oil.
|Total Bradford households||122,205||100%|
|Electric central heating||7189||5.88%|
|Gas central heating||107828||88.24%|
|Oil central heating||912||0.75%|
|No central heating||6276||5.14%|
Who is the main supplier of energy to the 122,205 households of Bradford?
Our job is to save you money on your energy bills. So, while Npower is the most popular energy supplier in West Yorkshire and most of it large cities such as Horsforth, Rothwell Ward or Baildon Ward. This doesn't mean that you need to stick with them. You can, of course, but it's worth shopping around to see what's available for you. Bradfordians can make some hefty savings on gas and electricity by switching to a new energy supplier.
What are Bulb's rates and tariffs in September 2021 in Bradford?
Bulb like to keep things simple and affordable, so they only offer dual fuel. Here are some things to know about Bulb's energy plan: * Bulb have one tariff for everyone for which is about £980. * It’s one of the cheapest on the market, and it is 100% renewable. * Their ‘vari-fair’ tariff reflects the true market cost of energy as it fluctuates with market prices. * Bulb will give you 30 days notice if market prices have increased. * There are no exit fees.
Below you will be able to see Bulb's electricity and gas plans in more detail.
September 2021 gas rates in Bradford
|Name of the Plan||Tariff value||Unit Price
September 2021 Electricity rates in Bradford
|Name of the Plan||Tariff value||Unit Price
Bulb’s Green energy plans in Bradford
As a Bradfordian you will be happy to know that Bulb provides 100% renewable energy and 100% carbon-neutral gas to all their consumers from Bradford 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 Bradford
Bulb provides a dual energy tariff in Bradford, 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 West Yorkshire.
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||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|
What you need to know about your gas & electricity distribution network operators in Bradford
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 Bradfordian you will have unique distributors for your region, these can be found below.
Who is Bradford’s gas distributor?
In Bradford, the gas distribution company is Wales & West Utilities. You will likely never need to get in touch with them in Bradford, 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.
Who distributes electricity in Bradford?
In case of an emergency or to request some very up-to-date information, Bradfordians can ring their local West Yorkshire electricity Distribution Network Operator (DNO) or their gas provider. In the case where a power cut is unresolved in Bradford, you can call your distributor's emergency phone number. In your case you are in the good hands of Northern Powergrid.
What should I do if I experience a power cut in Bradford?
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 West Yorkshire
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 Bradford.
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 011 3332. In case you didn't know, in Bradford, your local DNO is Northern Powergrid. Once they have been informed they will send out a team to resolve the issue.
How should I contact Bradford’s energy distributors?
Inhabitants of West Yorkshire can call their local West Yorkshire electricity DNO (Distribution Network Operator) or gas distributor in case of emergency. These guys are responsible for solving power supply across all the counties cities.
|Company name||Company number|
|West Yorkshire Northern Powergrid General Number||
0800 011 3332
|West Yorkshire Northern Powergrid Emergency Number||
|West Yorkshire Wales & West Utilities Number||
0800 912 29 99
|West Yorkshire Wales & West Utilities Emergency Number||
0800 111 999
For FAQs and other pratical informations, you can visit their website:
|Northern Powergrid||Northern Powergrid website|
|Wales & West Utilities||Wales & West Utilities website|
How much does 1 kWh cost on average with Bulb in West Yorkshire?
In West Yorkshire 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 West 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.