Plans for QR codes on energy bills outlined by the Government

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The Government has outlined plans for energy bills to feature QR codes, which would enable consumers to see how much gas and electricity they've used in their homes.

It would also enable consumers to determine whether or not they were on the best energy deal.

QR codes, or Quick Response Codes, are barcodes that essentially store data. When scanned with a compatible device - i.e. a smart phone - the information stored within the QR code is displayed.

Energy secretary Ed Davey has backed the initiative, stating: that QR codes would provide a "quick, straightforward way to compare the best deal for them with a simple swipe of their people."

It hasn't been determined exactly how the system will work, and it's open to consultation. But its been anticipated that the data featured in the QR code could be used with a price comparison service, to display to customers any cheaper gas and electricity tariffs they could potentially switch to. Suppliers could work with existing services or choose to work with new services under the plans.

Outlining the plans, Mr Davey added: "We're determined to make energy markets work better for consumers - and despite all the evidence showing that QR codes on bills would make a real difference to people, energy companies still haven't done anything about it.

"With so many of us using smart phones and tablets nowadays it would be strange if we weren't using the latest technology to help us save money at home," he concluded.

The consultation period will end at the end of next month (April). The Government hopes to introduce the initiative later in the year.

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