'Andrew, I am not sure what I have done is right, but he was so sweet and charming and really had the gift of the gab'.
'Wouldn't happen to be Irish would he Mother?'
'Yes, he was I guess, or English, or Scottish. I am not sure'.
Mother, charmed by the blarney or crack, had switched over her electric company on the advice of a door to door salesman.
'17 cents a kilowatt hour as against the 20 cents I am now paying'
'And a two year contract Mother?'
'I think so. But there is a ten day cooling off period and I am thinking I might cancel it'.
'I shall investigate Mother and call you back'.
'Mother, when you add the gst to the tariff, it is over 19 cents. The service charge is just slightly higher and you won't be able to pay half on the due date, ring up and tell them you will pay the rest in a fortnight's time. You will have to pay the full amount by the due date to receive the so called discount'.
'I will cancel it Andrew. I am too upset and shaky to do it today. I will do it Monday'.
'Good idea Mother. Bye'.
The last time I looked at one of the sites that indicates which is the cheapest electric company for you, I worked out we could save $80 a year by changing. Given there are often hassles when changing electric companies and the saving per quarterly bill each would be $10, I didn't think it was worth the bother, but I should have another look to see if anything has changed.