Six million households switched energy supplier in 2015
Written on 23 February 2016
The number of households changing energy provider rose 15% last year to 6.1million – that’s 820,421 more than in 2014 and the highest number of switchers since 2011. Around 40% of these moved to independent suppliers, says Ofgem, the energy regulator which compiled the figures.
Getting the best tariff
Ofgem has been encouraging consumers to shop around to get the best deal on their energy bills and says consumers could save £200 by switching.
“It’s encouraging to see switching levels at their highest level for four years. With more than 30 suppliers active in the energy market and hundreds of pounds of savings to be made, it’s a great opportunity to shop around,” says Rachel Fletcher, Ofgem senior partner.
Be an Energy Shopper
The six big energy providers (British Gas, Npower, Scottish Power, EDF Energy, E.ON and Scottish & Southern Energy) have all recently cut their gas prices by at least 5% but there have been no reductions in their electricity tariffs.
To help consumers find a better energy deal than the one they currently have, Ofgem set up its Be an Energy Shopper website. You can get advice and compare energy tariffs on the site to help you find the best deal with either your existing provider or a different supplier.
Cutting your energy bills
As well as ensuring you’re not paying over the odds for your gas and electricity, there are other ways you can cut your energy bills. For example, you can get a free energy home check or use energy saving light bulbs to cut costs. For more ideas on how to cut your energy bills see our guide.