Today ScottishPower has announced that its customers will be able to buy gas and electricity in bundles of days rather than signing up to standard or fixed price deals. Commenting on the news, Claire Osborne, uSwitch.com energy expert, says: “This innovative development from ScottishPower could help transform the way its customers understand and pay for their energy. Energy bills are notoriously difficult to understand and so this approach, similar to how we buy petrol, should help consumers use less, waste less and pay less for their gas and electricity.
“The fact that the deal has no standing charge will be attractive to many customers – particularly those with second homes which are unoccupied for part of the year – as there’s nothing to pay on days when no energy is used.
“Far too few consumers are engaged with the market and this is a great example of how to help people get in control of their energy use and spend. We’d encourage ScottishPower to look to offer this deal to new customers as well as existing ones.”
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