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Tell us what you think about Octopus Energy and win a £300 Love2Shop voucher! NOW CLOSED

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EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 07-Jun-16 14:38:17

Changing energy suppliers every 12 months can be a pain, from looking around to find the best deal to the general hassle of switching. However, it has traditionally been the best way to keep prices low, especially when rates sharply rise after the first year deal. And then there’s the concern of wanting to use greener energy, but without the extortionate prices.

That’s why Octopus Energy have teamed up with Mumsnet to launch the Green Octopus tariff, which is the cheapest green tariff for the average household, anywhere in the UK. It offers 100% renewable electricity and carbon offsetting for gas, without the usual difficulties of switching and the shady price hikes.

Here’s what Jenny from Octopus Energy had to say: ‘We hear from a lot of people that switching supplier is just too much hassle. That’s why we’ve created this tariff: You can switch in two minutes from your phone, save over £200 a year for an average UK home on a Big 6 standard tariff, and go green at the same time. You don’t need a bill to hand - in fact, you don’t even need to know who your current supplier is. We’ll handle the switch with your old supplier, and we have really solid email and chat support too, so you can avoid call centre hell if you need to get in touch.’

To be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £300 Love2Shop voucher take a look at the Octopus Energy website, get a quote and see how much you’ll save. Whether you decide to take up the offer or not, post below to let us know how it went. If you joined, how did you find the process, and if you didn’t, what stopped you?

Entries close midnight July 7th.

Thanks and good luck!


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asuwere Tue 07-Jun-16 17:23:24

Switching is so easy, I do it at least once a year, it takes minutes.
I had a quick look at octopus and it seems similar to other switching sites. I didn't like the quick quote though as it never asked what tariff I was currently on so it said I could save £180, then under in much smaller writing that it was based on if I was on a standard tariff with one of the big 6. In reality, it was more expensive than my current supplier and it would cost me to switch. Could be misleading.
I never signed up for above reason. It really doesn't seem any different to any of the other numerous switching sites. Sorry.

monty79 Tue 07-Jun-16 19:00:06

The quote was easy to do and I was told I could save £249 per year and it would cost me monthly payments of £70.38
I did not take up the offer as I have just switched to OVO and it costs me £10 less a month with OVO.

trashcansinatra Tue 07-Jun-16 19:29:23

Quote defaulted to their most expensive tariff, I didn't realise that until I checked on another site and octopus were cheapest but £200 cheaper than the octopus site had quoted!

Then i realised the the octopus site was showing the green tarred not the variable.

It's still cheaper for me, but I'll check other suppliers first.

CopperPan Tue 07-Jun-16 20:08:16

Hmm, I just did the quote and it gave me a direct debit figure of £49 a month for gas & elec. I currently only pay £25 a month, and my account is in credit. So I'll be sticking with my current provider I think!

GooodMythicalMorning Tue 07-Jun-16 20:08:19

My quote seemed really expensive. I always think with these things "But what's the catch?" Everything that says its easy and saves you money seems to have hidden clauses which can be disappointing.

Sammyislost Tue 07-Jun-16 20:18:16

a yearly saving of £248!! Wow that would pay for Christmas for the kids!! Fantastic saving. The scheme sounds great to me. I'll certainly be chatting to my husband about switching Octopus Energy when my current contract is up!

cheekychicken24 Tue 07-Jun-16 20:29:53

My quote was £67 per month, but currently only pay £59 . I have already switched this year though, as I do regularly, so I'm probably not the sort of person they're looking for.

I'm sure someone on a variable rate who's either never switched, or not recently would save money - although I'd recommend they used a comparison site rather than only checking a single supplier!

ButterflyOfFreedom Tue 07-Jun-16 20:36:54

My quote was £67 per month - I currently pay £65 per month.

We usually shop around anyway and switch to the best deal at least once a year; we don't find it to be too much of a hassle.

There are other comparison sites out there that we use do I'm not sure we'd ever use Octopus.

AngelBlue12 Tue 07-Jun-16 21:12:47

My quote was a lot cheaper than we are paying at the moment (British Gas) but we switched 2 weeks ago to the Co-op so I want to see how that goes before switching again.

Your personal quote

Per month you’ll pay:

by Direct Debit

That’s a yearly Personal Projection of:

Tariff Comparison Rate (TCR)

Electricity: 13.66p
Show me a cost breakdown

That’s a yearly saving of:

Based on someone in PE19 5JX using 4,600 kWh of electricity paying the average Big 6 variable tariff

Will definitely look at these guys next time though - love that they are 100% renewable.

Larnipoo Tue 07-Jun-16 21:23:46

It was £24 more than I currently pay

imposteracademic Tue 07-Jun-16 23:11:55

Quote was more than I currently pay too. I am a savvy energy swapped though. The site itself was fine though but no swapping here. I also agree with pp that not being able tonote current actual tariff for a quick quote was annoying.

Fanjango Wed 08-Jun-16 00:01:35

£277 saving a year. Didn't sign up as I would want to do some digging first. They didn't check supplier nor actual usage so comparison difficult to verify.

VilootShesCute Wed 08-Jun-16 04:56:45

East site. I think it's probably worth paying the extra to use energy from renewable resources but unfortunately we are skint so have to make do with co op.

chanice Wed 08-Jun-16 05:23:48

I'm on the key/card meter and couldn't see an option for that.
I also already use renewable energy as I'm with ecotricity. I was not quoted cheaper but roughly the same.

emmfurn Wed 08-Jun-16 08:07:00

Mine came out cheaper and I like the fact its green energy but I do like to look at things like this in much more detail so would need the time to do this which unfortunately I haven't got at the moment. Very memorable name though - Octopus! Will keep it in mind smile

RavioliOnToast Wed 08-Jun-16 08:56:39

We're in the middle of moving house, the new house is smaller than our current house and better insulated.

We used our kWh for the previous year in this house as a benchmark for what we will use in the new house (we won't use as much I don't think). Octopus quoted us £76.09 for this usage, we currently pay £110 a month and are nearly always in debit. That's with British Gas. I wish I'd looked around earlier to change suppliers but I always thought it seemed like a right ball ache so never bothered hmm

Catsgowoof Wed 08-Jun-16 10:05:47

Cute name and logo, but I don't trust any energy supplier. I'm sure it's technically the cheapest for this very narrowly defined category

voyager50 Wed 08-Jun-16 12:44:04

My quote was less than £25 a month but my partner doesn't like change and refuses to change suppliers!

sharond101 Wed 08-Jun-16 12:48:55

My quote was marginally cheaper and I will definitely consider them when switching in August. It was quick and easy.

loosechange Wed 08-Jun-16 12:56:56

My quote is similar to what I pay at present. I like the green aspect of it, and could accept a small increase, or loss of decrease in tariff, for this. I will consider it.

Andbabymakesthree Wed 08-Jun-16 13:41:20

Not impressed. Didn't ask tariff info or kWh usage. Actually £15 per month dearer.

CatThiefkeith Wed 08-Jun-16 14:08:26

Not good for me - I have a new (4yo) home that won awards for its energy efficiency, but this wasn't taken into account.

Octupus projection was that they would save me £663 per annum, when in fact their quote was more expensive than my current tarriff

foxessocks Wed 08-Jun-16 14:38:29

My quote seemed quite pricey. I don't know exactly what we are paying at the moment but I'm going to double check. I'm certain the quote was higher though.

MummyBtothree Wed 08-Jun-16 15:12:28

£374 is apparently what our household could save but im not tempted to switch.

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