Level of UK energy users switching energy suppliers at three year high
UK energy users have switched energy suppliers at a level not seen for more than three years according to new research.
With energy bills sky-rocketing, consumers have opted to vote with their feet with many seeking out competitors outside of the so-called 'Big Six' offering better deals.
The study by Energy UK, the representative of the country's energy suppliers, found more than 614,000 consumers switched suppliers last month alone: The highest the figure has been for more than three years and double the figure from October.
The data also showed the average time it takes to switch to a different supplier also reached a 14 month low with a figure of 17 days.
In just six years, the average UK homeowner has now seen their energy bills soar on average by more than 30%, with the energy companies firmly placing the blame on the cost of the commodity itself, transfer costs and a range of government green levies.
The energy firms blame these levies for a number of extra costs which force them to carry out home improvement work in order to improve energy efficiency at the country's poorest households and following the government's Autumn Statement, a lot of these schemes, including the Energy Company Obligation are set to have new, more relaxed deadlines.
Consumers who switch to a different energy provider could save up to £200 on their energy bills and Energy UK launched a YouTube campaign earlier this year to raise awareness of how easy switching suppliers could be, and also to bust a few myths on the matter.
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