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Gas and electricity : to compete, a calculation charge?

The rate-regulated reassure customers. However, they are not competitive. Noemi and Jean-Pierre have taken the plunge. Last spring, they tore the old contract

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Gas and electricity : to compete, a calculation charge?

The rate-regulated reassure customers. However, they are not competitive.

Noemi and Jean-Pierre have taken the plunge. Last spring, they tore the old contract which was binding at EDF for more than twenty years. "By activism. As consumers, we try to be consistent with our beliefs," explains the couple in nantes, france. Finished the nuclear place with electricity 100 % green. In just a few clicks, the couple has changed of provider, opting for Enercoop, one of the few players to offer a truly eco-friendly. As a result, a... increase the bill by about 10 % ! "This is the price to pay to support the industry", claimed Noémi.

You don't feel the green soul ? This prevents you nothing and scrutinize your bills of gas and electricity. Failing to encourage renewable energy, you can at least try to improve your purchasing power. An approach not so common among the consumer traffic. Today, three-quarters of homes provide even electricity to the regulated rate, and 39 % do the same for the gas. Very high rates for markets open to competition since 1 July 2007, there are more than twelve years.

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Good news, comparing prices is relatively easy. It is enough to know its annual consumption of gas and electricity and to connect on Energie-info, an information site - independent - the energy ombudsman. A comparator in the line waiting for you, which allows you, in just a few clicks, to find out what it would cost you if you leave your provider for a competitor. With reliable data and updates.

Verdict for the followers of the regulated tariffs ? Going to price so-called "market", they can save about 10% on their gas bills for domestic as on that of electricity. Tempting. But, be careful before you jump into the arms of an alternate provider, it is necessary to take the time to seriously study the offers. To check, in particular, how it determines the rates that you apply.

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the First option, a fixed price contract. In this case, you pay your electricity (or gas) at a rate determined in advance, which will not for a period ranging from one to three years. If the rates on the market increase, you are protected against increases and therefore the winner. If they fall, however, you won't enjoy and could, in the end, lose money. Second option, a contract at a price indexed on the regulated rate (e.g., less than 7 %). In this case, the price moves upward as well as downward. But you are sure to always pay less than maintaining your historic contract.

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You hesitate, despite everything, to take the plunge ? Two arguments for the competition. First, you do not need to be performed : the operator that you choose will be a pleasure to take care of everything, so that the rocker will be invisible to you. Then, you are free to change your mind at any time. If the new provider does not give you satisfaction, you can take another when you want. And even back in the good old contract of yesteryear. Distrust just the same, this could change quickly in regards to the gas. Before the summer, the parliamentarians had voted to end the marketing of the contracts at the regulated rate. A provision was then rejected by the constitutional Council, for matters of form. And who could therefore become topical in the coming months.

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