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"Sometimes you just can't help comparing" - Do you agree? What do you compare? You could win £250 by sharing your thoughts with E.ON NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 21-Oct-13 09:59:04

Inspired by the new E.ON comparison tool, they have asked us to find out your views on comparing - not just energy consumption but in other aspects of your family life too.

E.ON says "How does your energy use stack up compared to other E.ON customers in your area? Now, if you manage your E.ON account online, you can find out with the Saving Energy Toolkit our new energy comparison tool to help you use no more than you need."

So, if you are an E.ON customer and manage your account online, check out the comparison tool and let us know how your energy use compares to similar E.ON customers homes near you. Has knowing this prompted you to make some changes to how you use energy in your home? If so, what sort of changes do you think you could make? What quick fixes could you make? What could you plan for the future?

If you're not an E.ON customer (or don't manage your account online) please share what sort of things you compare with other people or with things you read or see in your own life: does this make you ever change your own behaviour? For example: do you compare your child's lunchbox with his/her friends and get ideas for your own? Or do you ask friends what books they've enjoyed and then go onto buy/ borrow them yourself?

Everyone who adds a comment to this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £250 voucher (a "Compliments voucher" (a multi-store gift voucher that can be spent at 130 retailers and 450 independent stores making up over 20,000 outlets nationwide).

Thanks and good luck
MNHQ
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neffi Mon 28-Oct-13 19:30:56

Not an E-on customer.

I do compare prices, I look online before buying etc but customer service is always an important part of the equation. I will always pay more if I know the customer service is better than that given by the cheapest provider. Good customer service counts A LOT.

jojane Mon 28-Oct-13 19:43:47

I compare anything I am buying whether instore or online. I compare my life to others, my children etc etc

LauraTrashley Mon 28-Oct-13 19:44:45

I compare just about everything I buy to try and make sure I am getting the best deal possible, but I dislike the trend for people to 'try things out' in bricks and mortar shops and then promptly go online to buy the same item cheaper elsewhere.
Recently I spent a lot of time getting advice in a specialist shop, I know I could have gone home and compared online prices, then saved maybe ten pounds, but the advice was so valuable it was worth that bit extra to me.

Dancealot Mon 28-Oct-13 21:02:51

I compare clothes and make-up with friends. It's always good to find out where they are shopping and if they have picked up any bargains recently. I also look for bargains online using comparison sites to find cheapest prices.

RealAleandOpenFires Tue 29-Oct-13 06:20:47

To the (micro dick) head of eon.

Comparing energy prices...why bother? as you're exactly the same as the others. Aren't you? Of course you are!. [Sarcasm mode on] you all match your prices in the early Spring with a "so-called discount of 2-3%" in the very early Spring & then raise prices by "at least 10%" with by the end of Summer" [Sarcasm mode off] The only people to benefit is YOU the boss & shareholders!.

So eon are you still trying to rip off big businesses or was that an "DISHONEST MISTAKE"?

~~~~~~

An open message to all energy suppliers (and not just the spokesman of eon) cut your "standing charge by at least 75%):-

Who ever cuts their costs by 3/4s, I could guarrentee that everyone would join the cheapest supplier possible.

Lent1l Tue 29-Oct-13 10:36:33

I compare a lot of things. Every year I use price comparison sites to help me get insurance for house, buildings and car cheaper than my renewal quotes. I keep checking my current energy usage to see if the fixed price deal I am on is still saving me money (it is). When out shopping I now know (roughly) the price of certain items in certain stores and unless I have to have something there and then due to an emergency shortage then I will wait and go to another shop for an item to save money. Most of us these days are in the position where with a family to feed and clothe we need to save money wherever we can and this is just my way of doing that.

WhyIRayLiotta Tue 29-Oct-13 10:49:45

I compare everything. Clothes / cars / homes / careers etc. I don't mention it ever... but I will spruce up my home if my friend with the pristine palace is coming and I won't bother if it's my slovenly cousin.

I also price compare almost everything to try and get the best deals. especially on things like holidays. DP and I can spend several weeks comparing and contrasting hotels!

I compare lots of things, my figure, my feral children, my sex life (sob), my college work etc etc. A little bit of healthy comparison is good but it's best to be happy with your lot, what other people have May look all very good but you don't know what goes on behind closed doors.

weaseleyes Tue 29-Oct-13 11:43:53

I compare everything to check if I'm normal, as I never feel I have a very good sense of what this is. After a bit, I decide I am not normal, but somehow superior. (Ah, delusion, you are my best friend.)

YoucancallmeQueenBee Tue 29-Oct-13 12:42:13

I compare my entire life constantly with everyone else. I feel vaguely comforted by those who are worse off or in a worse situation to me & vaguely aspirational about those whose lives are in some way better.
I also compare prices on pretty much everything I buy - isn't that the whole point of the internet?! hmm

tootssweet Tue 29-Oct-13 17:18:52

A comparison I often make that I'm not proud of is comparing dc2's progress against dc1. It's not fair as they are two different personalities but I suppose it is human nature & those are the 2 children I know most about.
I do like comparing houses on rightmove which is probably one of my favourite apps (along with MN of course!)

Hopezibah Tue 29-Oct-13 23:30:10

I compare my hubby to others (thankfully he compares well - especially when it comes to helping with household and kids compared to some of my friends).

I compare diets and what meals other are eating just to see if what we eat is 'average' or different.

I compare how often others clean their house, do the hoovering, change the bedsheets - I tend to not do so well on this!!! I remember hearing one friend say how she mopped the floors every week - i'm lucky if it is once a month in my house!

AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 31-Oct-13 11:50:57

Thanks for all your comments! The winner of the prize draw is Happiestinwellybobs - congratulations smile I'll PM you for your details shortly.

Happiestinwellybobs Thu 31-Oct-13 12:07:24

I am so chuffed - thank you so much! YIPPEE grin

Happiestinwellybobs Sun 10-Nov-13 20:03:01

Just wanted to say thank you again. My vouchers arrived and I've spent some on my nephews Christmas presents which they will be thrilled with smile

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