MP urges Islanders to think about switching electricity suppliers

The Isle of Wight MP is urging householders to think about switching electricity suppliers after new figures show take up on the Isle of Wight is lower than many other parts of the country.

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This in from the office of Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Bob Seely. Ed

Island MP Bob Seely is urging householders to think about switching electricity suppliers after new figures show take up on the Isle of Wight is lower than many other parts of the country.

Research from the Energy Switch Guarantee (ESG) found that only 11%, or 8004, of households on the Island switched electricity supplier between September 2016 and last August potentially saving up to £300 a year.

The highest switch rate was in Leeds North West at 23% but most switch rates were around the 15% mark, the figures showed.

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Information event
To help people switch, the Footprint Trust on the Island is holding a special event on Thursday 25th January from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Newport Congregational Church where residents can bring their bills and get advice on whether they should change supplier.

Bob said,

“The switch figures for the Island are a little disappointing and I would like to see more households looking into doing so.

“The process is now much easier and the Energy Switch Guarantee is a commitment by energy suppliers to make switching simple, speedy and safe.

“Just taking a few minutes to find out if there is a better deal is time well spent as the savings can be quite substantial. Also, after Christmas many people will be looking to budget and I do urge everyone to look into switching or go to the trust’s special event in Newport to find out more.”

Ray Harrington-Vail, The Footprint Trust’s National Heat Hero added:

“Switching energy suppliers is now very easy and can bring massive savings.

“It’s case of getting ahead of the price increases and shopping around for the best deal. Thankfully Ofgem regulated switching Websites, such as USwitch, make the process relatively easy.”

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Wednesday, 3rd January, 2018 12:42pm



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Beware of switching if you have a smart meter. It is very likely that you will lose it’s “smart” features and you will have to revert to manual readings. Even the energy companies admit this is a problem. This from one energy suppliers advice page: **”If you’re switching to [us] and you have a smart meter, it will only keep its functionality if you’re switching from providers… Read more »
Simon Perry

We don’t have a smart meter so I don’t have first hand experience on this, but I found this FAQ on the Flipper site about Smart meters.

The “Smart Meter” programme was proposed many years ago and was technically and economically a very sound idea. It has never seriously got off the ground, mainly because the big power companies don’t like it. And recent business-serving governments have not had the balls to force it on them. Where is Cap’n Bob on this aspect? We will never know… If Flipper can achieve such massive savings,… Read more »
I live on a Residential Park where the Park owners (mainland based) provide the electricity via a supplier of their choice and residents are charged according to their individual meter readings. No way whatsoever of switching electricity suppliers and we are all charged £3.40 a month to have our meters read which amounts to £40.80 a year for each home. Multiply that by 160 residencies and the… Read more »
Steve Goodman

And at least one Islander urges the MP to think about switching his government’s hypocritical and unnecessarily expensive and suicidally environmentally damaging energy policies to the cheaper, cleaner, safer, more secure and long-term sustainable options available.


I switched to Good Energy about 2 years ago. All their electricity comes from renewable sources. Also, it’s time we had some wind farms on IOW

Steve Goodman

I also switched many years ago, to Ecotricity – all renewable source electricity, gas from grass etc., and all profits invested in producing even more cleaner safer renewable energy.

Simon Perry

I’ve just had a look at the supplier we were switched to by Flipper – It’s So Energy, who say they supply electricity from 100% renewable sources.

It’s been a while since we set it up, but trying to remember if there was an option with Flipper to just select from companies with renewable sources.


I just checked it out against Scottish power.Their (Flipper) claim was I would save ~£630 a year.That represents about a 50% saving. Now why am I sceptical ???

Simon Perry

Sceptical as to why Scottish Power would be charging so much money, or sceptical that Flipper would deliver those saving? :)

All I can tell you is that Flipper saved us many hundred of pounds. Perhaps give them a call, they’re helpful on the phone.


If you take your own readings off the meter, they are in kilowatt-hours. Multiplying by the quoted rate (pence/kWh) will give your bill – plus any little extras like a fixed charge or a ‘day rate’.
It’s really not difficult to compare tariffs.

The difficult bit is deciding to stay with somebody you know, or switching to someone you’ve never heard of?

Steve Goodman

Good news; researching the deals best for planet and or pricing is easy to do online, and the big greedy careless companies spending lots on advertising and shareholders are rightly losing customers.


You don’t have the right to switch supplier if your landlord pays the energy company directly and then charges you.

If you want to change supplier, you’ll need to ask your landlord to do it – but they don’t have to.

Sorry my last post was aimed at Chrissy! Additionally: Your landlord can only charge you for gas or electricity if your tenancy agreement says they can. Check your tenancy agreement to find out if you have to pay your landlord for energy, and on what terms. Ask your landlord for a copy of your tenancy agreement if you don’t have one. Your landlord can only charge you… Read more »