Power to Switch campaign driving down energy costs in Edinburgh

Published: 25 Mar 2015 09:30

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TWENTY-SIX thousand households in Edinburgh have saved around £1.8 million in the last six months by changing electricity supplier.

That’s according to the latest figures from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), which says around £9.8 million was saved in total by 140,000 households in Scotland.

The DECC is encouraging people to embrace the ‘Power to Switch’ campaign and save money by visiting BeAnEnergyShopper.com

It says millions of people can save £200 or more by making the switch.

Energy and Climate Change secretary, Ed Davey, said: “Switching puts money back in people’s pockets – and, thanks to our reforms, thousands are taking advantage of cheaper deals and a more competitive market.

“We want even more people to join the thousands who are switching and saving today.”

Energy and Climate Change minister Amber Rudd said: “With 27 energy companies on the market and some fixed deals £100 cheaper than they were a year ago, there’s never been a better time to find a great deal, switch and save.”

The Government’s programme of energy market reform includes:

• Halving switching times - it now takes only 17 days to switch energy supplier down from 5 weeks last year

• Encouraging new suppliers on to the market – there are now 21 independent suppliers

• Legislating to back Ofgem reforms that force energy companies to make energy bills clearer – and providing information for customers about how to switch

For more information, go to www.BeAnEnergyShopper.com or call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.

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