Switching has saved us £38 million says DECC

DECC has claimed the public has saved millions by switching energy suppliers thanks to its “Power to Switch” campaign. In just one month it says the government scheme was used […]

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By Sumit Bose

DECC has claimed the public has saved millions by switching energy suppliers thanks to its “Power to Switch” campaign.

In just one month it says the government scheme was used by 130,000 households to switch energy suppliers – saving them £38m.

The posters and tv adverts were part of a big push by the Coalition to ensure the public got impartial advice on how to switch supplier by using their dedicated website www.BeAnEnergyShopper.com which got more than 350,000 visits.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey 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.”

Compared with the same period the previous year, the figures, provided by Ofgem accredited price comparison sites, also showed a 193% increase in total savings and an 80% increase in the number of households who switched.

Electricity switching figures covering the campaign period will be published by Energy UK in April and May.