Back in June I was having a huge hassle sorting out my energy bills as my energy company SSE had been taken over by OVO. Read about it HERE. I really was NOT happy!!
But I'm happy to hold my hands up and say I'm rather impressed (so far) with OVO now that I seem to have a meter reading history and their website lets me play around with my account. For example, the above screenshot shows me my June and July usage and costs (excluding VAT etc) If I submit a meter reading I can see how much energy I've used since the previous bill and how much it's costing me. I love this feature!! In the absence of a Smart meter (still no appointments in my area) I could submit my meter readings at the end of every day or week and see how much I've used. Not sure I'm motivated enough for that but with the coming increases you never know!
I also know my daily standing charges (53.04p for electricity and 30.5p for gas) and the cost per kWh I use (27.92p for electricity and 7.35p for gas.) I didn't know any of this with SSE. I guess I could have asked but it wasn't readily available. If I can easily access all this information then you know this website is idiot proof!!! 😂
I've now sussed that if I send a meter reading every month on the 6th I get an accurate bill on the 7th for the previous month's usage. I've always paid my energy bills quarterly but I'm liking it monthly now I'm in the habit. I check and pay my credit card bill every month so I'll do my energy bill in the same way.
I don't like change especially when it involves money or using technology so I'm pretty relieved to find it's all working out. Like everyone else I still dread to think what my Winter bills will be but I feel I'm back in control of it now. I think I might even become a bit of a nerd watching the numbers but if it saves money it's worth it 🤓 <--- nerd emoji apparently!! 😂