Ahead of the UK Energy Summit on Monday 17 October, Mike O’Connor, Chief Executive of Consumer Focus, said:
Cash-strapped consumers are worried about energy costs but aren’t sure how best to save energy or where to get a better deal. They will expect to see some concrete proposals that will help them get the help they need to cut their bills. This can’t be a flash in the pan – we must ensure that people see a sustained, concentrated effort to improve the energy market.
‘Many people simply don’t think there is much point changing tariff, payment method or supplier. But they could be losing out on hundreds of pounds a year because their home leaks heat or they’re missing out on a better deal. With so many people finding it hard to meet their energy bills, we are committed to doing what we can to make sure they can keep warm and manage their costs.’
Energy prices are a big worry for people this winter. The Government, energy suppliers, Consumer Focus, Citizens Advice, Age UK and Which? are working together to help you cut your energy bills. All these organisations are offering ways that will help you to save money on your gas and electricity bill.
CHECK if there’s a cheaper way to pay – you could save the most money by paying by Direct Debit, or moving to an online or dual fuel tariff. Monthly Direct Debit is on average £100 cheaper per year than paying by cash or cheque. If you pay by cash or cheque your supplier will be writing to you over the next few months to let you know if they can offer you a cheaper deal.
SWITCH to a cheaper energy tariff or energy firm – you may be able to save up to £200 off your annual bill by shopping around for a different supplier, particularly if you have never changed energy firm. An accredited switching website or phone line can help you to find the best deal – with a wider range of tariff offers which may give a better saving than switching on your doorstep. You can also contact energy suppliers directly.
and INSULATE your home – every supplier is offering free or cut price deals for loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and other measures. Full loft and cavity wall insulation could help stop your home leaking heat and save you more than £100 per year on your energy bill.
to SAVE money off your energy bill and put it back into your pocket.