Nearly half a million customers in the UK have switched energy supplier during the coronavirus lockdown.
That’s according to the latest figures of UK Energy that reveal 472,538 moved to a new supplier in April.
This is a 29% decrease compared to April 2019 when 668,371 customers switched supplier.
The report also suggests 35% of all switches during the last month were from larger to mid-tier suppliers, while 28% of customers moved between larger suppliers.
Audrey Gallacher, Energy UK’s Interim Chief Executive, said: “It is certainly not surprising to see that switching energy supplier is not a top priority for most people while they are getting to grips with lockdown life.
“Simple steps such as installing energy-efficient light bulbs and turning off lights when you are not using them or minor DIY tasks such as draught-proofing doors and windows can help you reduce the energy you use and save on your bill.”
Peter Earl, Head of Energy at comparethemarket.com, said: “Many people continue to face unprecedented challenges and an increase in the amount of time people are spending at home has seen the average household pay £32 per month more for their energy than before lockdown.”