Energylinx News

November 6, 2018

Energy Bills to be Capped in 2019

Ofgem has confirmed that an energy price cap will come into place on January 1st 2019, protecting 11 million customers who are currently on poor value default tariffs.

When the price cap comes into force, energy suppliers will have to cut the price of their default tariffs (including standard variable tariffs) to the level of or below the cap.

Ofgem has set the final level of the price cap on gas and electricity at £1137 per year for a typical dual fuel customer paying by direct debit. The regulator for the energy industry has claimed the price cap will save GB households around £1 billion.

How much will I save on my energy bill?

The cap will save customers who use a typical amount of gas and electricity around £76 per year on average, with a typical customer on the most expensive tariffs saving £120.

Ofgem considers a typical customer to be a medium gas user and medium electricity user (profile class 1). A medium user uses 12,000 kWh of gas and 3,100 kWh of electricity. Different cap levels will apply depending on how customers pay, where they live and their meter type.

What will happen to the cap next year?

To reflect the latest estimated costs of supplying electricity and gas, including wholesale energy costs and to ensure that those protected always pay a fair price for their energy, the price cap level will be updated in April and October every year. In February 2019, the level of the price cap will be set for April 2019.

What will energy cost after the price cap?

The per unit level of the price cap for a typical customer paying by direct debit will be 17p per kWh for electricity-only customers and 4p per kWh for gas-only customers. Standing charges are capped at £83 for electricity-only customers, £94 for gas-only customers and £177 for dual-fuel customers.

Switch energy supplier to save more money

Households protected by the energy price cap could save even more money by shopping around for a better energy deal.

To compare energy suppliers and find out what you can save visit the Energylinx website or call one of our energy advisors on 0800 849 7077. We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm.

Posted on November 6, 2018 at 10:48 AM

October 30, 2018

Switch to Orbit Energy through Energylinx

You can now arrange an energy transfer to Orbit Energy through Energylinx.

Who is Orbit Energy?

Orbit Energy, based in London, launched their first energy tariff in December 2017.

They supply electricity and gas to homeowners and small businesses throughout Great Britain. The company is a joint venture of Australian-based Energy Global Investments and US-based Genie Energy.

Orbit Energy develops products and technologies that helps their customers get on with life. They have made it easy to switch to them, offer reliable prices and provide a flexible online service meaning customers can spend less time and effort when managing their energy.

Orbit Energy's 'Fix in a Few Clicks' tariff is now available for sale through the Energylinx platform.

'Fix in a Few Clicks' Tariff Key Features

• The tariff is fixed for 12 months
• It is a paperless tariff
• Customers pay by monthly direct debit
• It is available as a duel fuel tariff or electric only
• There are no exit fees

You can arrange an energy transfer to Orbit Energy's 'Fix in a Few Clicks' Tariff through Energylinx's website or by calling our advisors on 0800 849 7077 and letting them know you are interested in finding out more about Orbit Energy.

Posted on October 30, 2018 at 04:13 PM

October 29, 2018

Energylinx is now selling Green Network Energy

Exciting news today, Green Network Energy is now for sale through Energylinx.

Who is Green Network Energy?

Green Network Energy was set-up in 2003 in Italy. Its founders wanted to challenge the Italian energy market and to do things differently, with passion and innovation.

Green Network Energy has successfully grown in Italy and now generate their own energy from renewables, supplying thousands of homes and businesses.

In 2016, Green Network Energy decided to take on a new challenge - bringing a little Italian flavour to the UK energy market. They wanted to offer British households more choice and better service using the passion, enthusiasm and experience they have from their Italian business.

What tariffs do Energylinx sell?

There will be 2 of Green Network Energy's tariff for sale through Energylinx. The Italian Touch and GNE Family Green 18 Months Fixed.

The Italian Touch v18 GNE Fix Key Features

• Energy prices are fixed for 12 months
• Paperless Billing
• Pay by Monthly Direct Debit in advance
• Exit Fees apply if you terminate the agreement early (£25 per fuel)
• Dual Fuel Discount (£7.50 per fuel / per year)

GNE Family Green 18 Months Fixed V21

• Energy prices are fixed for 18 months
• Paperless Billing
• 100% Renewable Electricity
• Pay by Monthly Direct Debit in advance
• First Payment will be taken on or shortly after Supply Start Date
• Exit Fees Apply (£30 per fuel)
• Dual Fuel Discount (£7.50 per fuel / per year)

Green Network Energy have a bi-lingual customer care team who can look after customers in either Italian or English and their website can be viewed in both languages.

You can get a quote for both The Italian Touch and Family Green 18 tariffs with Green Network Energy through Energylinx. You can also phone our energy experts on 0800 849 7077. They are available Monday to Friday 9am - 6pm and Saturday 9am - 3pm.

Posted on October 29, 2018 at 01:34 PM

October 25, 2018

Energy switching sets new record for 2018

Over 4 million UK households have switched energy supplier this year, after a bumper month in September.

The latest figures from Energy UK, show that over half a million (547,660) customers moved to a new electricity supplier in September. The highest number of switches for a month in 2018 so far.

The amount of customers who have switched their electricity supplier is up by 6% on the same point in 2017. September's figure is also a 12% increase on August's switching numbers (494,839 in August 2018).

More and more households are taking advantage of the energy deals on offer from over 70 energy suppliers currently operating in the market.

Switch Energy Suppliers with Confidence

The Energy Switch Guarantee is an industry initiative that ensures an energy transfer is simple to organise, speedy and safe. The scheme covers 90% of the energy market.

Lawrence Slade, chief executive of Energy UK, said:

"It is great that switching reaches a new high in 2018 - with over half a million customers making a move last month reaping the benefits of increasing competition and innovative services.

"With the proposed price cap expected to be in place by the end of the year it is crucial that switching doesn't suffer, with Ofgem's own impact assessment suggesting there could be significant impact on switching levels.

"Our hope is that consumers will continue to take advantage of the ever-growing competition and choice and significant savings that are available by either contacting their existing supplier or shopping around for the right deal for them whether that's a green tariff, cheaper deal or better customer service".

See what you can save on your energy bills with Energylinx. You can do it on our website or by calling 0800 849 7077. Our energy advisors are available Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm.

Posted on October 25, 2018 at 01:22 PM

October 15, 2018

Saving money on your energy bills just got so flipping easy...

An innovative switching service designed to automatically keep households on the best energy deal has launched today.

The new service, brought to you by GoCompare, is called weflip and could save customers hundreds of pounds on their gas and electricity bills every single year.

Currently, more than two-thirds of households have never switched supplier, which leaves them paying more to heat and light their home than they need to.

weflip has been created to take the hard work out of switching energy supplier.

How does weflip work?

Customers provide their details then an algorithm identifies the right moment to switch their energy supplier by comparing thousands of tariffs and selecting the best deal.

weflip checks daily to see if there is a cheaper tariff available to customers - including any exit fees to leave their current deal.

Once there is a difference of £50 - including fees - it automatically moves them onto the new, cheaper deal.

Normally the process takes 21 days and customers can expect to be switched two or three times a year.

To sign-up to weflip, visit: www.weflip.com

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 01:42 PM

October 9, 2018

EDF Energy Launch Energy+Heating Control Nov20 Tariff

EDF Energy has launched their Energy+Heating Control Nov20 tariff. Customers can sign up to the energy price plan through Energylinx.

Who is EDF?

EDF Energy is one of the "Big Six" energy suppliers.

EDF Energy is a subsidiary of the French Government-owned energy company EDF (Électricité de France) Group.
EDF was founded in 1946 and became a public company in 2004. Over the years it has bought UK energy companies London Electricity, SWEB, Seeboard and British Energy.

EDF Energy employs 13,331 people and handles 5.7 million customer accounts in the UK.

What is Energy+Heating Control Nov20?

• This energy tariff is for Dual fuel sign ups only
• To sign up to this tariff you have to pay by monthly direct debit and quarterly cash cheque payment methods only
• There is an exit fee of £100 per fuel if you decide to leave before November 2020
• The tariff includes a Heatsmart® and the All-New Amazon Echo Dot as well as a £20 Smart Home Store discount

What is a Heatsmart?

Heatsmart® by EDF Energy is a smart thermostat.

A smart thermostat is a device that manages your heating and can be controlled by an electronic device such as your phone, tablet or computer. It will displays how much energy you are using, monitors your use and will also learns your home routine.

Heatsmart® is suitable for most households, but if you decide that you want to sign up to Energy+Heating Control Nov20 check that you have the following requirements:

• A compatible working boiler and central heating system - gas, oil or heat pumps
• Heating controls with a programmer and/or a thermostat
• A wireless broadband router and good Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home
• A smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop with Android or Apple (Windows and Blackberry phones are not compatible)
• If you rent your property, you will require permission from your landlord
• HeatSmart® is available anywhere in mainland UK

To find out more about EDF's Energy+Heating Nov20 and to see how much it would cost your household, visit the Energylinx comparison tool or call one of our energy advisors on 0800 8497077. We need to know your postcode, current energy supplier, energy tariff and usage to provide you with an accurate comparison.

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 10:18 AM

October 4, 2018

Energy switching numbers soar over summer

There has been an increase in the amount of UK households switching energy suppliers over the summer, despite the record-breaking temperatures that were experienced across the country.

Energy UK has revealed that nearly 1.5 million (1,453,622) UK households switched their electricity supplier this summer (June-August).

During August there was just under half a million households (494,839) who switched energy supplier - up 11% on the same month in 2017.

2018 looks set to become a record breaker year for energy switches as the total number of electricity switches in 2018 is sitting at over 3.7 million. This is on course to beat last year's record figure of 5.5 million.

The latest research from the Energy Switch Guarantee shows that confidence in switching remains high with 9 in 10 customers saying that they are happy with the process. The Energy Switch Guarantee was created to provide consumers with confidence that switching is simple, speedy and safe.

Pamela Taylor, independent chair of the Energy Switch Guarantee, said:

"With more than 70 suppliers in the market there is more choice than ever before. Despite the recently announced price cap, switching tariffs remains the best way for consumers to get the best deals in the market. Look out for the Energy Switch Guarantee logo to find suppliers who will provide a simple, speedy and safe means to switch."

Lawrence Slade, chief executive of Energy UK, said:

"Despite record-breaking temperatures, it is great to see that nearly 1.5 million people have made a switch this summer.

"Competition is thriving in the energy market and ever-increasing numbers of customers switch every year - with a record 5.5million doing so last year. It is vital that these positive steps, which deliver benefits for customers, are not undone as a result of policy decisions with Ofgem's own impact assessment suggesting falls in switching of up to 40% as a result of the proposed price cap.

"We will be monitoring numbers closely and hope that consumers up and down the country continue to benefit from the competitive market."

Arranging a transfer to a new energy supplier is easy. You can do it online through the Energylinx website or by calling one of our friendly advisors on 0800 849 7077.

Posted on October 4, 2018 at 10:24 AM

September 25, 2018

Together launch 3 new energy tariffs

Together Energy has 3 new energy tariffs for sale through the Energylinx website.

The energy tariffs are;

• Together Fixed October19
• Together 25 October2020
• Brexit Protect October21

Who is Together Energy?

Established in 2016, Together Energy is a Scottish based energy supplier.

The founders of Together Energy were approached by several large energy companies to help enter the UK energy market. They came up with a pitch to create an energy supplier that was centred on the needs of their customers.

The larger energy companies didn't share Together Energy's vision, so the founders built an energy supplier around their beliefs.

Together Energy believes that customers should receive competitive energy rates and a premium service at no extra cost. They want to incentivise their customers, rather than penalising them for their loyalty.

Together Energy have followed through with their ideas by;

• Aiming to resolve all customers queries in 8 hours
• They promise never to increase customers prices by more than 5% at the end of a fixed term deal unless they have informed them before hand
• Committed to issuing all communications in plain English

Key Features of Together Fixed October19

• Together Fixed October19 is fixed for 12 months.
• Guaranteed 60-second answer by Together Energy's friendly UK-based call centre.
• Renewal rates at the end of the fixed period are very competitive.
• There is an exit fee of £30 per fuel for customers who leave this tariff early.

What types of payments available?

Monthly Direct Debit with Advance Payment.

Key Features of Together 25 October2020

• Together Energy's Together 25 October2020 prices are fixed for 25 months beginning on the day Together Energy starts supplying your energy.
• There is an exit fee of £30 per fuel for customers who leave this tariff early.

What types of payments available?

Customers on this tariff will pay by Direct Debit in advance each month.

Key Features of Brexit Protect October21

• Brexit Protect is fixed for a huge 36 months.
• Prices are fixed for 36 months from the date you join.
• Guaranteed 60-second answer by our friendly UK-based call centre.
• There is an exit fee of £30 per fuel if you leave this tariff early.

What types of payments available?

Customers on this tariff will pay by Direct Debitn advance each month.

What is Winter Weighing?

All the above energy tariffs have a winter weighing. This means that throughout the winter months (until April) Together Energy ask new customers to pay a +20% "winter weighting" on their average monthly direct debit.

This is done to cover a customer's excess energy usage because they are joining at this time of year and people use more energy in the winter.

When May comes, Together Energy reassess the customer's consumption and amend their direct debit accordingly for the remainder of your contract.

What does this mean for my energy quote?

This means that the annual amount showing is still correct and you don't pay any more than you were quoted based on this consumption (you just pay a little more in winter and less in summer).

Want to switch to Together Energy?

You can arrange a switch to any of the energy tariffs mentioned above through the Energylinx website or by calling 0800 849 7077 and speaking to one of our energy advisors. You can call between 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 3pm on a Saturday.

Posted on September 25, 2018 at 09:46 AM

September 13, 2018

British Gas Energy Plus Boiler Cover October 2019

Earlier this month, British Gas launched an energy tariff called British Gas Energy Plus Boiler Cover October 2019. This energy tariff has the added perk of 12 months of boiler and controls breakdown cover.

Who is British Gas?

British Gas is the largest energy supplier in the UK. They supply gas and electricity, boilers and boiler cover as well as other home services.

British Gas is one of only two British-owned and British-based suppliers among the "Big Six" energy companies. British Gas is a subsidiary of Centrica.

Key Features of Energy Plus Boiler Cover October 2019

• It is a dual fuel tariff
• It is a tariff that has to be managed online
• It has to be paid for by Direct Debit
• Energy prices will be fixed until 31st of October 2019
• Includes Boiler & controls breakdown cover
• Exit fee of £30 per fuel

Key Benefits of Boiler and Controls Breakdown Cover

• Free Boiler and Controls breakdown cover for 12 months. Each repair will have an excess cost of £99
• Added peace of mind that your gas boiler and controls are covered in case they need a repair
• Unlimited call outs every year
• Parts and labour included (limits apply)
• You can contact British Gas day or night if anything goes wrong

You can sign up to British Gas' Energy Plus Boiler Cover October 2019 through Energylinx.

If you would like a quote to see how much you would be for this tariff, you can either check on our website or by calling 0800 849 7077. Our contact centre is open Monday to Friday 9am - 6pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm. To get an accurate quote we will need your address, current energy supplier, energy tariff and your energy consumption.

Posted on September 13, 2018 at 09:19 AM

September 6, 2018

Energy price cap to save households on a default energy tariff £75 per year

The energy regulator, Ofgem has proposed an energy bill price cap of £1,136 a year for "typical usage".

This follows Parliament passing the Government's Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Act, which became law on July 19 and gives Ofgem a duty and the powers to put the price cap in place.

Ofgem is currently working to have the price cap confirmed in November and for it to take effect by the end of December. It will then stay in place until 2023.

How much will households save on their energy bill as a result of the cap?

The amount households could save will depend on their energy usage and supplier but Ofgem has said that their proposal will mean 11 million households on default energy tariffs will save about £75 per year on average.

Consumers on default energy tariffs tend to use more energy than a typical household so their savings could be higher. Any households who buy their electricity and gas from different energy suppliers could also save more.

A typical consumer on the most expensive tariffs would save over £120. In total, the price cap would save consumers around £1 billion.

When the energy price cap is introduced, energy suppliers will have to cut their energy prices to the level of or below the cap, proposed to be £1136 per year for a typical dual fuel customer paying by direct debit, forcing them to scrap excess charges for people on poor value default deals.

Will the Energy Price Cap stay at £1136 until 2023?

No, the Energy Price Cap will be reviewed by Ofgem twice a year (April and October) to reflect the latest estimated costs of supplying gas and electricity. This ensures households who are covered will always pay a fair price for their energy.

Dermot Nolan, chief executive of Ofgem, said:

"Ofgem has made full use of the powers Parliament has given us to propose a tough price cap which will give a fairer deal to consumers on poor value default tariffs.

"Once the price cap is in place, all households in Great Britain covered by the cap will be protected from being overcharged for their energy. Consumers can have confidence that falls in energy costs will be passed on to them and if costs increase, Ofgem will ensure that any rise will be due to genuine increases in energy costs rather than supplier profiteering.

"Households protected by the cap will be able to save even more money by shopping around for a better deal. Meanwhile, Ofgem will continue with reforms which aim to deliver a more competitive retail energy market which, combined with protection for those who need it, works for all consumers."

Default tariffs are usually the supplier's most expensive option. If you are one of the 11 million currently on one then you could save more money by moving to a different energy tariff.

Compare energy suppliers through Energylinx and see what you could save today. You can compare energy suppliers on our website or by calling 0800 849 7077 and speaking to one of our energy advisors. Our contact centre is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am - 3pm.

Posted on September 6, 2018 at 09:59 AM