Ovo Energy is the first national supplier to offer monthly interest payments to customers who overpay their energy bills.
The payments are equivalent to 3% interest a year – which is more than some savings accounts. However, don’t be tempted to use your energy provider as a bank – if it goes bust your money isn’t protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
Which? Money expert Dan Moore says: ‘We welcome the fact that Ovo Energy is offering people who overpay their energy bill 3% on credit balances. Given so many people are penalised by shoddy energy companies that take excessive direct debit payments and pocket the interest, this makes a refreshing change.’
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Ovo Energy is a relatively new player in the energy market, having only joined in September 2009.
It offers two tariffs: Ovo New Energy and Ovo Green Energy. Ovo says that its Green Energy tariff provides 100% of electricity from renewable sources. The interest payment scheme starts from the 1 July 2010.
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