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As part of the ongoing Big Energy Week, consumers are being urged not to panic about the rising cost of energy prices.

Consumer Focus and Energy UK are instead calling on customers to take a simple step to find out whether they are on the best energy tariff; this follows the results of Consumer Focus research which has displayed that around just one in five people are confident that their current deal is the best offered by their supplier.

A further seven out of ten people, also surveyed by Consumer Focus, said that they would be willing to switch their tariff or payment type if their supplier told them they could be making a saving by being on a cheaper deal.

Shopping around using an accredited switching website could save around £200 off an annual energy bill; whilst switching your current payment method to Direct Debit could also see around £100 per year shaved from your energy bill - remember, everything helps.

All of the "big six" energy firms have committed to providing consumers with information on the tariffs and energy deals they offer; so a simple five-minute phone call could see a significant amount cut from your bill.

With 43 per cent worried that they won't be able to cover the cost of their next fuel bill, it is important to know that energy suppliers are required to provide the help needed to keep the those bills managed.

However, if this situation arises it is important not to let stress take a hold; simply call your supplier and let them know of your circumstances immediately to determine an affordable payment plan.

Chief executive of Consumer Focus, Mike O'Connor, has highlighted how people can go about seeing if they could save on their energy bills.

He said: "Millions of consumers are finding it hard to afford higher energy bills and every penny that can be saved counts. Yet many people are paying more than they need to because their home is leaking heat and they aren't on the cheapest deal.

"Yet with one simple call to their energy firm many customers could make big savings on their bill.

"Changing to a cheaper tariff or payment type can cut your costs," he added.

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