Exchange of Power

Over the years I’ve been here, one thing I’ve truly slacked off on is my electricity/gas supplier.

Some of that has been due to my landlord initially asking me to not change things on that score – fair enough, I guess – and just transferred the energy account name from the previous tenant to mine. Not necessarily ideal, but there we go.  And so, because of that, and it being something I just wasn’t overly faffed about, I’ve stayed with that supplier.

Anyway, that supplier was nPower, and while they’ve been a sack of shit throughout my time here, they’ve at least been a reliable sack of shit.

However.  Back in the first week of December, I logged in to the nPower website to send in a meter reading, and got a redirect page, saying “We’ve transferred your account to E.On“.  Which is… shit. It’s been done with no communication, no warning, nothing.

The following week, I got a confirmation from E.On that my account had been transferred over, and containing some basic information. Although there was nothing in it about what they’d be charging, or for how long, or… well… anything else, really.

So the key part of the email for me was this…

If you want to switch supplier within 30 days of your account moving to E.ON Next, we won’t charge any fixed tariff exit fees, but we’d love you to stick around and get to know us.

So that’s what I’ve done. Over New Year I sorted out a second transfer, moving over to Octopus Energy (which has a fixed-term contract, but no exit fees)

Amusingly, E.On then emailed as part of the process, and asked “let us know why you’re moving”.  Which I did, in no uncertain terms. (Nothing rude or sweary, but a fairly constructive ‘With that attitude, why would I want to stay?!?’ message)

The response from their representative today just went to show that moving on was absolutely the right decision…

I appreciate you providing us with your feedback this will be forwarded to the appropriate department for future assessment.
The migration process is an automated process, which unfortunately we have no control over.
Wish you all the best with your new provider.

A pretty convincing version of “Yeah, we don’t care, just piss off”

It’ll be interesting to see how the switch goes, and how things work out with Octopus…



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