Consumer: Switch suppliers to save £200 on bills

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Billpayers in Leeds are missing out on £28m in savings by sticking with the same energy supplier.

With increasing energy bills during the winter months, many households in the city could save £200 or more by switching their gas and electricity supplier.

But a recent survey has revealed that only 21 per cent of people are intending to change over in the next 12 months.

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Just eight per cent realised they could save £200 or more and almost 59 per cent people admitted they had no idea how much they could save.

Three quarters of Leeds residents said they were thinking more about their energy costs now that winter is approaching - but 25 per cent said they didn’t pay much attention to their bills as they were paid by direct debit and just 34 per cent said they checked their bill against the meter reading.

The survey showed that only 17 per cent had looked into changing tariff or supplier when their received their latest bill.

The figures were released as part of the government’s Power to Switch campaign, which encourages people to change their energy supplier.

Amber Rudd, energy and climate change secretary, said: “My top priority is to keep bills as low as possible for hardworking families and businesses.

“Switching energy suppliers is easier than ever before and I want people in Leeds to take advantage of the savings on offer.

“With winter fast approaching and people thinking more about their energy bills, it’s the perfect time to switch and save. If you haven’t switched energy suppliers I urge you to take the time to compare at beanenergyshopper.com - it could save you an average of £200 or more.”

The government has also taken action to secure a competitive energy market for bill payers - there are now 31 energy suppliers to choose from, up from just six in 2010 - and is aiming to move to 24 hour switching in 2018, making switching quicker and more convenient.

More than 1.5million people across the county have already gotten a better deal by changing tariff or supplier. Visit www.BeAnEnergyShopper.com for more information on changing.

The website will guide visitors through finding out how much energy they use and what they pay for it, checking their tariff, choosing the right deal and how to go ahead if they do decide to switch.

For more energy saving advice, call 0300 1231234.

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Almost half of low income households in Yorkshire are worried about paying their energy bills this winter.

New research by charity Turn2us has found that 45 per cent of low income households in the region are struggling to afford their energy costs, despite being in work. As a result, 75 per cent said they would reduce or stop using their heating while two in five said they would resort to cutting back on food. 20 per cent expect the bills to cause further stress and worry in the coming months.

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