In the four weeks after its launch, the effort to encourage gas and electricity bill payers to compare and switch suppliers saved 130,000 households more than £38million.
That’s a massive 193% increase on the same time last year, according to the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), and an average saving of £312 per household for those who switch gas an electricity.
Accredited switching sites
Visitors to the Be an energy shopper website are given information on switching and directed to an accredited website, such as MoneySuperMarket, where they can run a quotation and switch to a cheaper provider.
Of course, you can go direct to our energy page by clicking here.
Ed Davey, energy secretary, said: “Our campaign has helped put millions of pounds back in people’s pockets – and thousands have benefitted.
“A huge increase in switching in a four-week period shows that people want better deals from energy providers – and our reforms to the market have driven competition and made that possible.”
Amber Rudd, energy minister, added: “What a terrific response to our campaign! Thousands are better off and taking advantage of more competitive deals on the market.
“It’s not too late – even more people can still switch and save today.”
Investigate the savings
The campaign came after an investigation of the energy industry by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).
The investigation highlighted the big savings on offer to those willing to switch, and also focussed on customer complaints – which rose fivefold between 2007 and 2013.
So if you’ve yet to find out how much money you could save by switching, you’re unhappy with your supplier’s customer service, or your current deal is coming to an end (and there are 23 due to end before the start of June) – why not take 10 minutes to do a little investigation of your own?
Grab your last energy bill and head over to our energy comparison tool. In no time at all you’ll be able to see how much less you could be paying for your gas and electricity.
Please note: any rates or deals mentioned in this article were available at the time of writing. Click on a highlighted product and apply direct.
*Legal: 51% of consumers could save up to £253.44. MoneySuperMarket data, February 2015