Georgie Frost, consumer advocate at GoCompare Energy, said: “The energy market is in a state of flux at the moment with the proposed energy cap and suppliers planning to scrap, or already having scrapped, their expensive Standard Variable Tariffs (SVTs). We await more detail about exactly how it would work and how much it will save people.
"While it is great that the government is focusing its attention on protecting those energy customers who can’t or won’t help themselves and trying to fix the broken energy market, a cap is not without risk to competition.
"People could be lulled into a false sense of security, believing they don’t need to move suppliers because any cap will guarantee cheap energy bills or a good deal. It won’t! It always pays to shop around and switch, as the savings will generally be much greater. We run the risk of heading into next winter with millions still paying over the odds on default tariffs, assuming that the cap will reduce their bills.
“The message from policymakers should be clear; protect the most vulnerable and promote the switching revolution which has been gathering pace over the last couple of years. We need to maintain that momentum and encourage more households to take control of their bills. You don’t need to wait months to save money, you can do it now.
“So the best advice for anyone on an SVT or default tariff is to switch now as they could save hundreds of pounds, rather than wait to see what happens with the energy cap.”
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