In 2015, DECC, the department for energy and climate change announced that one of easiest ways to save money on your energy bills is by switching provider. People who have never switched could save as much as 200 pounds a year. That's why we are a part of the Big Energy Saving Network, which is a government program to help people switch, saving them money.
COMMON MYTHS ABOUT SWITCHING ENERGY SUPPLIERS
"I WANT TO SWITCH SUPPLIERS, BUT IF I DO THEY'LL HAVE TO DIG UP THE ROAD TO LAY NEW PIPES"
FALSE ✗ - (Not true at all, suppliers don't own the pipes)
"IF YOU SWITCH YOU CAN ONLY PAY FOR YOUR FUEL USING DIRECT DEBIT"
FALSE ✗ - (Suppliers accept a variety of different payment methods.)
"I WOULD LIKE TO SWITCH BUT I'M ON A PREPAYMENT METER AND I'M £500 IN DEBT"
FALSE ✗ - (You can switch as long as your debts are not more than £500, and that is £500 per fuel.)
"YOU CANNOT FIND THE BEST ENERGY DEALS UNLESS YOU HAVE A COMPUTER"
FALSE ✗ - (It helps, but comparison shopping can be done via phone, mail or at one of our drop-in sessions.)
"CHANGING SUPPLIER SHOULD TAKE FIVE WEEKS"
FALSE ✗ - (Suppliers are obligated to offer a three day switch after a fourteen day cooling-off period (during which the consumer can cancel the contract) but at present not all are ready to offer
this. Therefore, some suppliers will take longer to complete the switch. The three
calendar days begins after any raised objections have been resolved and all relevant
Why should I switch?
You should switch because it may save you a lot of money, and if you have never switched provider, and depending on your lifestyle, you might save as much as £200 per year. So why pay more than is necessary.
USEFUL LINKS AND INFORMATION FOR SWITCHING
When shopping around price comparison services, look for the OFGEM accreditation mark, this means that advertisers of tariffs have to be honest and up front about the advantages and disadvantages of switching tariffs.
NEED HELP TO SWITCH?
Contact one of our energy saving champions at Sustainable Home Survey on the telephone number: 0203 603 0230