Switching energy supplier now can still save you money, this is especially important at this time of year and with the prospect of higher prices as a result of the falling value of the £. Energy costs will form a higher proportion of expenditure for those on low incomes, so important to ensure you keep a regular check on your energy bills. Citizens Advice is aware that energy prices are rising and we’re speaking out nationally about the possible implications of this for consumers, particularly those who are vulnerable. The campaign will also focus on increasing consumer understanding of how to use energy more efficiently, save money and access support with energy costs.
Specialist support for vulnerable consumers is available from suppliers through the Warm Home Discount scheme, Cold Weather Payments and the Priority Services Register. For more information on the schemes, including eligibility criteria, see bigenergysavingweek.org.uk or call the Energy Saving Advice Service or the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.
Many people stay on the same tariff or with the same supplier for years without realising they could be getting a better deal elsewhere. They could be saving around £300 a year, particularly if they have never switched before. Understanding energy costs and checking that you’re not paying too much is simple. Start by using the Citizens Advice’s online energy price comparison tool, on this site customers can check they’re on the best tariff or if there’s a cheaper deal with a different supplier: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/energy/energy-supply/get-a-better-energy-deal/compare-gas-and-electricity-prices/
Customers can also use the Ofgem accredited energy price comparison website www.goenergyshopping.co.uk/ Checking two or three comparison websites is a great way to get started when you begin shopping around for energy. All the Ofgem-approved energy comparison sites are independent and the options and prices you find on them will be calculated and displayed in a fair and accurate way – this means you can be confident when shopping for energy. All you need to know is your supplier, tariff and how much you spend, this information is on your energy bill. A recent report from the Competition and Markets Authority estimated that customers on standard variable tariffs collectively waste £1.4 billion a year in potential savings, so start reviewing your energy costs today and save money.
This article was published in December in the Maidenhead Advertiser