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The George Inn

"Just one of those things we’d been putting off doing but am now so glad we did."

"Just one of those things we'd been putting off doing but am now so glad we did it."

  • Location: Bedfordshire
  • Sector: Hospitality
  • Saving: £3k

'The George' is a traditional coaching inn set in the heart of the village of Silsoe, Bedfordshire. It's close to places of interest such as Woburn and convenient for Luton Airport. Accommodation is available in the form of six letting rooms on a bed and breakfast basis.

Owner Sue Goldsmith's New Year Resolution was to do something about lowering her business energy bills which had crept up to a total of £10,000 for electricity and gas combined. Sue looked for help on the internet and her first port-of-call was the business-only price comparison service - Make It Cheaper.

When she rang the she was told that she was actually being charged 'out-of-contact' rates by both her gas and electricity suppliers and that these rates - 16.5p/unit for electricity and 3.5p/unit for gas - were much higher than 'in-contract' rates available.

Make It Cheaper's suggestion was to take one year in-contract rates of 9.8p/unit for electricity and 2.5p/unit for gas. Because Sue was not in an existing contract with her suppliers she was able to immediately accept, asking Make It Cheaper to arrange for the cheaper energy contracts to 'go live' and the paperwork to be sent out to her.

Based on its usual energy consumption, The George will save at least £2,000 on electricity and £1,000 on gas, bringing the annual energy bill down to a much more manageable £7,000 a year.

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