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The Octopus Energy supply for Tyneside inhabitants

Last update: September 2021

Who is Octopus? Octopus Energy have had a pretty impressive trajectory since they were founded in 2015. Gaining around 30,000 customers a month, they now provide gas and electricity plans to over 1 million customers across the UK. Their growth can be put down to their affordable and widely-considered eco-friendly energy plans, as well as their numerous partnerships with other suppliers. For example, in 2018, Octopus Energy and M&S Energy joined together in a partnership within which Octopus took over all of M&S's customers. Moreover, in 2019, Octopus acquired Coop energy, who had 30,000 customers.

Switching to Octopus Energy

Switching energy suppliers has an unfair reputation for being overly difficult and time consuming. It's unfair because it's not true! If after reading our guide to Octopus Energy in Tyneside you decide that they are the best energy supplier for you, then why not give their representatives a ring and they can carry out the whole switch for you, from start to finish. If, however, you decide that you want to shop around for an alternative energy plan, then you can ring up our experts who can switch you over to the best plan on the market for you. Give us a ring on 0330 054 0018.

Switching suppliers in Tyneside

Now you know what it means to switch, and who Octopus Energy are, let's narrow it down a bit and learn how to switch to Octopus in Tyneside. It doesn't matter if you have just moved to a new property in Tyneside, or if you have lived in the area for some time and have decided to switch, it's more or less a similar process! Let's find out a bit about Tyneside. Here are some fun facts!

  • Tyneside is located in the lovely county of Tyne and Wear.
  • They have a population of 308,892 residents who live across 138,811 households.
  • Tyneside is the 18th largest city in the UK.

If you want to find out more about how to switch to Octopus Energy in Tyneside, read on for all the information you need! Our aim at Switch Plan is to find you the best energy deal for your household.

Light up your new home in Tyneside

Setting up Octopus in your new home in Tyneside

When moving to any city, such as Tyneside, it can be a bit daunting to know all the things that must be done. No need to worry, we have a clear lay of the land that will be helpful.

To make your life a bit easier, there are some steps you should complete before leaving your current home. This is why we've prepared a moving checklist so that you won't leave anything behind! So, let’s begin: * The most important thing! Before moving, take a meter reading so that you do not need to pay for energy that you haven’t used. * After you have your meter reading, it's time to sort out your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN). * Once your MPRN is sorted, you are then clear to move without having to worry about paying for energy that you didn't use. In case you have any doubts we have more extensive guides dedicated to moving into a new build and moving into a rented house.

If you are moving into a property that is already connected to the grid, the only thing you need to do is select a provider and tariff for your home. However, there is one thing you should be weary of when moving house: Whether you are moving into a new property or not, the house will be put under a deemed contract. This contract is considered the standard tariff and it is often more expensive than the other tariffs that an energy supplier offers. So. it is important to switch energy suppliers quickly!

How can you switch? Well, at Switch Plan, we can help you with that! We can manage your switch, whether it be in a brand new home or an established property. All you have to do is give us a call.

How to transfer your energy supplier to your new home?

You can keep the same supplier when moving house in most instances if you so wish. We have a guide on how to manage an energy transfer. Before digging in, we will explain a few factors that could affect whether you will be able to keep your supplier or not.

Such factors include: * The presence of a prepayment meter on your new property * How far you’ve moved from your original residence * Whether your new property uses electricity, gas, or dual fuel * Whether you have upgraded/downgraded the size of your home. * Your new home’s estimated energy consumption

These factors all affect the tariffs that will be available to you in your new home. If Tyneside is far away from your original location, your tariff could be much more expensive than it was prior to your move.

So if your bill goes up in costs, we highly recommend that you switch energy suppliers and look at the best deal for your area. We’re more than happy to help you navigate the best switch for you! Just give our experts a call at the number on the top of the screen.

How to connect to the grid in Tyneside?

Once you move to your new home in Tyneside there are steps you will need to follow to connect to the grid so that you can receive your energy supply to both power and heat your home. It is likely that your property is already connected to the grid, however in instances that it’s not, e.g., when you are building a new home, follow the steps below. (The vast majority of the 138,811 houses in Tyneside are already connected so the list below is for 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 application forms to the Electricity Systems Operator (ESO) - don’t be surprised by the application fee!
  • A team will then come to your property for an assessment and will send you a quote in 1 to 3 working weeks.
  • Enjoy your power!

You're moving to Tyne and Wear - who should you contact?

Congratulations! You’ve recently moved to Tyne and Wear! We want to share some valuable information with you that will make your move a bit more seamless. I’m sure you have many things that must be arranged, and any stress around your energy procurement should not be anything to worry about.

We have a comprehensive moving house checklist to make your move a bit easier.

Also, below we have a list of organizations that you should notify. We have the basics covered. * Governmental/local bodies - When you move, you’ll want to update your address with teh DVLA. You won’t be able to change it until you actually make the move, just be sure to make the update in a timely manner to avoid any unnecessary complications. * Banks and financial institutions - Make sure your credit cards, banks, retirement accounts, and another other lenders are updated on your new contact information. * Insurance providers - Make sure that your insurance does not become void.

What you need to know about switching to Octopus Energy in Tyneside

Switching to any supplier in Tyneside involves more or less the same process. If you are moving from one property to another, then the process differs from if you are simply switching from one supplier to another in the same property. The most important thing to remember is to taking meter readings in both properties. When you leave your old property, be sure to take a meter reading and jot it down so you can provide information upon request of when you finished using energy in that property. Then, when you move into your next property, you must also take a meter reading. This is so your new supplier knows exactly when to start charging you for energy in your new place.

The only disadvantage to switching when you move house is that you will automatically start consuming energy on a default or 'deemed' contract. These tend to be pricier than a plan that you choose to switch to, so for the first month in your new property you might be spending a bit more than you had hoped. As a result, you want to make sure that you do your research as soon as possible to start the process. That way you can get started on a cheaper tariff as soon as possible and start saving.

If you decide that Octopus are the right supplier for you in Tyneside, then give them a ring and they can switch you over to your preferred plan in one quick phone call. If an alternative plan is better, then ring up our Switch Plan and we can switch you over to a new tariff in no time.

Looking to contact Octopus Energy in Tyneside?

To contact Octopus Energy’s customer service, you can ring them on 0330 808 1080. Or if you aren't convinced yet and would like to learn more about your different energy options, call us at 0330 054 0018. Our energy experts will assist you and guide you to the most suitable solution or offers available for you and your current energy needs. If you would rather get in touch with Octopus Energy directly, below you will find several options to reach them depending on your motives.

Type of Enquiry Number to contact
General Enquiries for Domestic Customers
Email for general queries about your Octopus Energy home plan
hello@octopus.energy

Open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
General Enquiries for Business Customers
Number for queries about your Octopus Energy energy plan
business@octopus.energy

Open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
Domestic customers: general enquiries
Call this number for general enquiries about your energy plan
0808 164 1088

Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm
Business customers: general enquiries
24 hour number for boiler emergencies
020 3389 56138

Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm
Complaints number
Number to complain about your Octopus Energy plan
0333 344 22688

Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm
Octopus Electric Vehicles
Phone number to speak to customer services as a small business
020 870 38928

Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

All Octopus tariffs currently available in Tyneside

So, Octopus' plans tend to be well-priced, but what do they offer? It's no myth that Octopus' plans are very innovative. All of their tariffs are 100% renewable, and this includes all green gas, which is still quite rare in the UK. The uniqueness of their tariffs lies in their customers' ability to coordinate their usage with cheaper energy rates to lower their energy bills. They have both fixed and variable tariffs on offer to their customers and their plans have no exit fees.

Octopus are also leading the way when it comes to electric vehicles. They have an Electric Vehicle Initiative which allows customers to lease out electric cars for low prices. Through this initiative, their customers are able to get cheaper prices for charging their cars, their own car charger, as well as assistance from experts on how to access grants.

Stand alone electricity tariffs

Name of the Plan Tariff value Unit Price

 

price/kWh
Standing Charge

 

price/day
Exclusive Octopus 12M 12 months fixed 14.97 p 21.67 p
Super Green Octopus 12M 12 months fixed 15.03 p 21.67 p
Helpful Octopus 24M 24 months fixed 15.03 p 24.49 p
Flexible Octopus Variable tariff 15.52 p 19.38 p
Octopus Tracker/strong> Variable tariff 11.81 p 18.52 p

Dual rate energy tariffs

Name of the Plan Tariff value Day Time Unit Price

 

price/kWh
Night Time Unit Price

 

price/kWh
Standing Charge

 

price/day
Super Green Octopus 12M 12 months fixed
16.81 p
9.18 p
21.67 p
Exclusive Octopus 12M 12 months fixed
17.69 p
9.1 p
21.67 p
Helpful Octopus 24M 24 months fixed
16.81 p
9.18 p
24.57 p
Flexible Octopus Variable tariff
17.48 p
9.3 p
20.43 p
Helpful Octopus 24M 24 months fixed
16.81 p
9.18 p
24.57 p

Octopus Energy’s green energy contributions in Tyneside

Octopus Energy is a rockstar when it comes to green energy. They are UK’s largest solar power investor (as they claim) and they gather their energy from a combination of wind, solar, and hydropower. Often when consumers are looking for green energy, they are curious of the suppliers energy mix. In case you didn’t already know, we got you covered! See below for their fuel mix:

  • 75.3% wind
  • 31% solar
  • 3.7% hydropower

In addition to purchasing green energy, Octopus also generates it! One of their plans - the “Supergreen Octopus” combines 100% renewable energy with carbon offsets. However, where Octopus energy is lacking is that they do not offer carbon-neutral biomethane gas, which is typical for most green energy suppliers.

What are the different gas rates that Octopus offers?

Name of the Plan Tariff value Unit Price

 

price/kWh
Standing Charge

 

price/day
Super Green Octopus 12M 12 months fixed
2.96 p
17.85 p
Exclusive Octopus 12M 12 months fixed
2.28 p
17.85 p
Helpful Octopus 24M 24 months fixed
2.56 p
25.04 p
Flexible Octopus Variable tariff
3.2 p
16.8 p
Octopus Tracker Variable tariff
1.84 p
15.09 p

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Tyneside's local gas & electricity distribution

Who is Tyneside's electricity distributor?

An electricity distribution network operator is responsible for the cables and towers which carry electricity across your region and to your front door. Most have no idea how the distribution network operator system works or who they even are, since customers never see their distribution network operator. But, you might want to know how to get in touch in moments of importance.

Want to know who distributes electricity in Tyneside? We've got you covered! No need to look any further for your local DNO. In Tyneside your electricity distributor is SSE Power Distribution.

Who is Tyneside's gas distributor?

Not everyone has the time to find out where their gas and electricity comes from, no less how it travels and how far it needs to go from origin to destination, i.e., my home! Since you don’t have the time nor should be bothered by finding all of this information out, we have consolidated all of this information in one short summary below:

Gas is distributed through a complex system of pipes - this is the Gas Distribution Network, and this network manages the transportation of gas around the UK> Should you ever have any technical inquiries, these can often be answered by your gas distributor in Tyneside, as well as any other queries you might have about your gas supply. You can also go to your supplier for additional information.

In case you would like to get in touch with your gas distribution company to have this and any additional questions answered, your gas is provided by Wales & West Utilities in North Tyneside District .

If there is a power cut in Tyneside, what should I do?

What is the first step when experiencing a power cut? Check the source. If you look at the fuse box and notice any switches have been turned off, it might have been caused by a fuse that tripped in your home’s circuit. Whether it is your fuse box or a cut in your neighborhood in Tyne and Wear, it's important to know what to do if you ever experience a power cut.

If the power cut occured when switching on an appliance or light, it's quite likely that it’s just in your home in Tyneside.

Alternatively, the cut could be one that is in your area and often is from an interrupted power line connected to your home. This can happen when: * Lightning has struck a utility pole * A power line has been damaged or knocked over. * Transformers have been shut down

If it's one in your area, it's best to call your local distribution network operator directly on the following number 0345 070 7373. In Tyneside, your local DNO is SSE Power Distribution. A team will likely be dispatched to resolve the issue.

How should I contact Tyneside's energy distributors?

There is never a time you need up-to-date information on your DNO (District Network Operator) until there is an instance of a power cut or similar emergency. Those living in Tyne and Wear can call their local Tyne and Wear DNO to get up-to-date information or in case of emergency.

Company name Company number
SSE Power Distribution General Number
0345 070 7373
SSE Power Distribution Emergency Number
0800 111 999
Wales & West Utilities Number
0800 912 29 99
Wales & West Utilities Emergency Number
0800 111 999

You can also visit their website for more info:

SSE Power Distribution SSE Power Distribution website
Wales & West Utilities Wales & West Utilities website

In Tyneside, what is the typical energy consumption?

What's the typical price per kwh in Tyneside?

It’s typical for unit prices to change continuously. There is so much to navigate when choosing a provider, so it might be the most helpful for you to call our Switch Plan experts so that you can get the most accurate rates based on your household needs and your locations. Prices are very likely to be different in cities such as South Shields, Newcastle upon Tyne or Blyth.

Average prices are not the most accurate indicators of what a household will pay for their energy; however, it can be useful in having a ballpark range for what the price is for the region. In Tyneside, the average price per kWh is £10.6, just for an example. What this means is that Tyneside inhabitant will pay approximately £0.38% less than the national UK average.

What's the typical consumption in Tyneside?

Now that you know how much a kWh costs on average in Tyneside, it might be useful to put a value on this and see how much residents of Tyneside consume on average. Based on government data we are able to estimate that the average Tyneside inhabitant household consumes 3,543.07 kWh a year. The median consumption of that same household would be 3,103.45 kWh.

Who is the main energy supplier to the 308,892 residents across Tyneside?

The most popular energy supplier in North East is British Gas. A large proportion of the inhabitants from large cities such as Tyneside, Sunderland and Gateshead get their energy from this supplier, and often they haven't actually switched at all. This means they could be losing a large sum of money. Some Brits have managed to save up to £400 a year on their energy bills simply by switching. So, although British Gas is the most popular supplier in your new area, don't feel that you are obliged to stick with them. We don't have anything against this provider, but switching itself can save you money. And our aim is to help you do that.

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