Some weeks ago we had a letter from our Electricity Provider to say that our contract was about to come to an end and that if we wished to renew it they would do so at only a small amhout more. Foolishly we didn't bother to enquire what 'small amount' meant.
This morning the first bill came, split into two parts - up to 4th August and then 5th August to 13th September. The true figure emerged - day units had gone up from 13.9 to 21.58 and night units from 7.71 to 11.96.
Now I know that this is entirely our own fault and we should have gone into it thoroughly at the time. But the fact remains that we didn't.
However, the farmer picked up the phone this morning and spoke to someone about it. Within five minutes a new quotation had been secured - 15 something for day units and 9 something for night units. Just like that - over the telephone.
Now I can't help feeling that this discriminates against people like the elderly who easily get muddled and so don't do anything about it (and yes we fell into this class until a bill actually came). Really, how dare they just put the price up 'willy-nilly' at the drop of a hat?