13.5 million households across the UK could be paying too much for their energy bills – which amounts to a nationwide overspend of £2.7 billion*. It’s for this reason that the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) launched their ‘Power to Switch’ campaign back in February of this year, to encourage the nation to go energy shopping.
If you think that you could be paying too much for your gas and electricity, read on to find out how you can be an energy shopper and shave hundreds of pounds off your energy bills.
Much like you would compare deals for your mobile phone contract or car insurance before purchasing, you can shop around for energy tariffs, too. Switching to a better energy deal could save you as much as £200 on your gas and electricity bills – or even more if you have never switched suppliers before.
Energy shopping is simply the act of searching through the best deals on the market to make sure you’re getting the best possible one available to you. It’s not difficult to go energy shopping, as industry regulator Ofgem has made a number of changes to the energy market in recent years, in a bid to make it fairer and simpler for consumers to make the most of the best deals.
Although 200,000 UK households are already proactive about regularly switching electricity suppliers, this amounts to just 1% of all consumers in the country – leaving a large amount of savings to be had.
The average saving from switching gas or electricity suppliers is around £200, but this figure could easily be more if you have never switched before, or have not done so in some time. If you haven’t switched recently, there’s a good chance that you are currently on your supplier’s ‘standard’ tariffs for both gas and electricity, which are typically the most expensive.
With cold weather and darker, shorter days just around the corner, the cost of each household’s average gas and electricity bills is likely to start rising due to increased usage. This means that now is the perfect time to become an energy shopper, and switch to the best deal just in time for winter.
The easiest way to be an energy shopper and make sure that you’re getting the best deals for gas and electricity is to use a price comparison website, like UKPower.co.uk, to do the hard work for you.
Our Ofgem-approved energy comparison service searches through all available tariffs on the market, so that you can rest assured that you’re truly getting the best deal. What’s more, our service is completely free and impartial, so you can trust that we’re dedicated to saving you money.
10% of our customers save more than £330 – so enter your post code into the box below/to the right to see how much you could save.
*According to the Department for Energy and Climate Change