60% of households are probably overpaying by around £300 a year by not swapping to a cheaper tariff. What’s stopping you from switching?
I don’t know how to switch
First, check with your current energy supplier to see if they can offer you a better deal. The way you pay can also make a difference; most suppliers offer a discount for paying by direct debit.
www.goenergyshopping.co.uk – for a step by step guide to switching. www.energycompare.citizensadvice.org.uk – A non-profit comparison site
It’s a hassle
Essex Energy Switch holds quarterly auctions where energy companies compete to offer the best tariffs. A personal offer is sent to those who have registered once the auction period is over. You decide whether or not you want to accept the offer and switch – if you do it will all be taken care of for you. Go to www.uttlesford.gov.uk/essexenergyswitch or call Braintree District Council on 01376 552525.
I don’t like computers and don’t have a connection so I’m not able to switch
Most services are internet based, but several will also advise you by phone. Try Energy Helpline 0800 074 0745 or call Uttlesford Citizens Advice on 01799 618858
I rent a property so I won’t be able to switch anyway
If your name is on the bill then you should be free to switch.
I use heating oil, so switching has nothing to do with me
If you use heating oil you can change supplier every time you order. Check prices online first, if you can, and then haggle with local delivery companies. Try www.boilerjuice.co.uk or www.oil-club.co.uk Don’t leave buying oil until the last minute – emergency deliveries are more expensive. Plan a few weeks ahead to get the best prices.
If you think you could save by switching but are not sure where to start, call Uttlesford Citizens Advice on 01799 618858. If you are struggling to pay your bills or keep warm this winter, our Advisers can also help with:
Benefits, including cold weather payments and disability benefits
Money or debt, including debts to utility providers
The priority services register.
Home improvement grants and handyman services
Energy efficient behaviours and home improvements
Fall prevention services
Community services, including transport, food delivery and home library services