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A MOTHER’S MISSION TO LOWER HER ENERGY BILLS IN 2024 – OCTOPUS ENERGY REVIEW.

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Is Octopus Energy any good?

In just over 8 years Octopus Energy have become the largest electricty supplier in the UK.  I have been with them as a customer almost from the start. Let me tell you how one of the fastest-growing companies has kept its ethical values while taking on the old Big 6.

Why would you care if your energy suppliers are nice or ethical?

I think the cost of living crisis has taught us many things. One of them is supporting companies that provide both great value and service. It is just as important as saving money. Sometimes you can’t avoid spending but you can choose where you spend it.

If you have found my blog hopefully you are considering a switch to Octopus Energy. If you look around hopefully you will find my tips and advice helpful. Everyone’s needs are different but we all want a good price with fast and friendly customer service! We think Octopus Energy is a great way to switch to renewable energy.

Should you switch to Octopus Energy?

We have been with Octopus Energy customers for 6 years. When we switched to Octopus they were a fairly unknown energy provider and it was a leap of faith switching from British Gas. Our experience has been very positive and we aren’t looking at switching away any time soon. It’s a big 10/10 from us and we highly recommend Octopus Energy!

When we first switched to Octopus Energy they had less than 300,000 customers. We wanted to go green and Octopus seemed a young and energetic firm committed to making a difference to the planet. Now they have over 7 million customers and they just keep growing! Why? Because customers love them and they love us right back! They don’t hook you in on a deal and then move on they offer lots of amazing reasons to stay like smart tariffs, competitions, amazing value and rewards.

Useful energy terms that will help you save money.

Before tackling any switch you should make sure you understand the basic energy terms. Finding the best deal is far easier when you understand these.

Energy TermsMeaning
Dual FuelFuel means gas or electricity.
Dual Fuel means a supply of both your gas and electricity from the same energy provider.
TariffThis is the package you sign up to with the energy company. They usually name the tariff.

The two most common tariffs are fixed and variable. (Octopus calls it flexible)

Fixed tariff means you get the price per kWh of energy fixed for a period of time. So one kWh will always cost you the same. It could be fixed for 12 or 24 months as an example.
VATValue Added Tax. This is sales tax added by the government.
kWhA kilowatt is how energy is measured. (kWh) Like cm or inches, grams and kilograms. It measures energy. So you get charged per kWH you use.
Unit CostThis is the price you pay per kWh.
Standing chargeThis is a fixed amount you pay per day regardless how much energy you use. It pays for maintaining the supply to your home etc.
So your energy bill will show the amount of kWh you use per month and times it by the unit cost per kWh. Then they add on the daily charge eg 31 x 21p and VAT.
If you would like further information you can read my full review of all Octopus Energy tariffs including up-to-date prices on my comparisons page.  It is updated daily and keeps an eye on the wholesale energy market. Knowing if and when to switch and fix your energy tariff can make a big difference to your home energy bill.

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About the author: I’ve been a happy Octopus Energy customer for 6 years.

I can be found on social media as Sarah_Go_Green and I have been an Octopus customer for 6 years. I’m featured on the Octopus website and their YouTube channel as a solar customer. I’ve been on the BBC news, published in the Telegraph for owning part of a wind turbine.

Recently I’ve been in Bloomberg simply for being an energy geek.  I love renewable energy and make it my mission to reduce my family’s home energy bills while improving our carbon footprint. I’ve got around 7,000 followers across X and TikTok where I talk about electrifying my home and reducing my energy bill. I can help you too!

My website is not managed or owned by Octopus Energy. It is just a website created by, Sarah Go Green, a mum,  home energy geek and a very happy Octopus Energy customer.

You can read further independent Octopus Energy reviews on Trustpilot where 89% of customers give them 5 stars.

GET READY TO SAVE SOME MONEY AND THE PLANET!

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