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Gas and Electricity Costs in Italy -changing supplier?

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SottoVoce
11/23/2019 07:58 EST

We have a gas & electricity supply contract with Spigas, which we were encouraged to enter into by the Agent we purchased our home in Luguria through. Since we only use our home for vacations, our annual gas and electricity consumption is very low. However, the cost is incredibly high -most of the charge is made-up of "system charges" -for example our most recent bill was for €63 -only €16 was for our actual consumption of electricity. We only used 100kWh of electricity, so our bill woks out at a staggering €0.63/kWh. By comparison our total cost per kWh in the UK is about €0.18/kWh.
Does anyone have any experience in changing suppliers in Italy and are any tariffs available for low consumption users of gas & electricity. Any advice gratefully received, in particular are there any online price comparison websites?

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sinesolesileo
11/30/2019 11:22 EST

Hello, you can examine this: https://www.ilportaleofferte.it/portaleOfferte/it/confronta_offerte.page It's better than nothing. The defect is that it lists suppliers that are all set up for online subscription and others that are not and will mail you paper document that must be filled signed and mailed back. As to limiting the annual expenditure I would consider closing the contract and reopening once you are back. You have to factor in that having the power back may involve 4-5 days waiting and that there may be closing costs and reopening costs. You should also ask your current power supplier if they include the state TV annual subscription. You are not using it and you don't need to have that item added to the manifold items the total is made of. If you have that cost, ask them what form you need to submit to have it canceled.

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glorirz
11/30/2019 12:42 EST

This is so helpful!
Thanks so much!!

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bogart2
12/1/2019 12:05 EST

In Arezzo. I have gone through changing services. It requires a pretty good facility with spoken Italian, as it involves telephone calls and follow-up email with copies of documents and ID. Also, it typically takes 30 days to switch services. The Italian gas and electric markets are quite unlike anything in the US. You should look for gas from the actual supplier (ENEL mercato libero). The actual cost should be lower.

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