New figures from Energy UK reveal that a record 5.5 million customers switched electricity supplier in 2017 – a leap of 15% on the previous year. GoCompare Energy’s spokesperson Ben Wilson comments:
“An increase in people ditching bad energy deals is certainly to be celebrated, but 5.5 million customers still represents a significant minority of UK households. People’s willingness or ability to address their energy bills is still alarmingly low – research that we conducted with Populus among 5,000 people shows that 32% of households have never switched their gas and electricity, amounting to them paying over £930 million more every year for their energy than those who switch.*
“People are being bombarded with seemingly reassuring messages at the moment – the Government’s price cap, and some energy suppliers promising to end their super-expensive and rather innocuous-sounding ‘standard variable tariffs’ (SVTs). BUT, none of these initiatives guarantee good deals, and the single best way for people to ensure they get value for money when heating and powering their homes is to take matters into their own hands and shop around. It takes minutes, and switching is easy – so set aside some time this weekend to see if you can save.
“And if you know someone – a friend, family member or neighbour, perhaps – who can’t access or use the internet, why not help them out too. They’ll thank you for it!”
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Notes to editors:
*Research conducted by Populus on behalf of GoCompare. Populus interviewed a nationally representative sample of 5,000 online respondents aged 18+ in Great Britain between 16 and 21 May 2017.
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