I switched over.
Dumped ESB faster than you could say OVER-PRICED. As soon as Bord Gáis were offering a service I changed over in the hopes of a significantly lower bill. My ESB bills were never extortionate anyway, but money saved is money in my pocket, right?
I got the above letter with a lovely booklet as Gaeilge as well as in English telling me all about their terms and conditions of service. Most notably, to my eyes:
– anyone currently receiving an electricity allowance towards their ESB bill, will no longer have it paid directly towards their bill but instead will receive a monetary payment which should be used towards payment of their electricity bill
– if one chooses to make part payments, there is a minimum payment of €20.00
– if your account is in arrears, you will be required to pay full payment of arrears plus if your service has been disconnected there is a disconnection fee of €99.88 (incl. VAT) and a reconnection fee of €102.15 (incl. VAT). A grand total of €202.03 if you happen to fall significantly behind in your bills.
As far as I can tell, it might not be the best option to switch over for those who pay their bills bit by bit on a weekly basis with a minimum of €20 or for those receiving social welfare payment towards their bills-there’d be a temptation to spend cash in hand instead of putting it towards a bill possibly.
Also to note is that, strangely, I have yet to be told the price per unit bar the promise that the price will be 10% less than the ESB are charging, regardless of ESB dropping their prices to match Bord Gáis’s introductory offer, plus an additional discount for paying by direct debit. According to the booklet, the tariff structure is available on their website, which I found easily here.
I’m eagerly anticipating my first bill (first time for everything), which I have reliably been informed by the very helpful @TheBigSwitchIRL on Twitter, will be issued on 5th May next. Only time will tell if it was a good idea to switch over, so far it’s looking good though 🙂