Press release:

Electricity switching increases 15% year on year – uSwitch comments

Commenting on the news from Energy UK that electricity switches increased 15% year-on-year in August 2019, energy expert Rik Smith said:

“Households across the country aren’t being duped by the energy price cap, and have been taking advantage of low prices and cheap deals all summer. It could be another record-breaking year for energy switching, which means more and more people will have moved off poor-value Standard Variable Tariffs – meaning energy companies can’t rely on those customers to keep paying the highest prices.

“But it’s particularly important that, as we head towards winter, consumers think about moving to a fixed deal. Wholesale costs have been volatile recently, which means energy plans could start to become more expensive. Some suppliers have already withdrawn their cheapest deals, but households can lock in the rate they pay now and not have to worry about prices changing for the next 12 months.”

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Notes to editors

  1. Full details of the August 2019 electricity switching figures are available from Energy UK

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Launched in September 2000, uSwitch is an online and telephone price comparison and switching service, helping consumers get a better deal on gas, electricity, broadband, TV services, mobiles and personal finance products including mortgages, credit cards, car and home insurance. Last year we saved UK consumers over £278 million on their energy bills alone.

Customers can sign up to an account that automatically monitors the energy market and notifies them when they can move to a cheaper tariff, while broadband customers can conduct a speed test to find out how fast their broadband is and identify the best deal for their postcode.

The multi award-winning 'Switching Made Simple' app allows customers to compare energy, broadband, credit card, mobile and SIM-only deals – and uSwitch also has a UK contact centre manned by energy and broadband experts. Customers can post their latest energy bills to FREEPOST USWITCH to receive a free call back and be guided through the comparison process, or they can email with their postcode and usage details.

uSwitch is owned by ZPG, which operates some of the UK’s most trusted digital brands that help empower smarter property and household decisions including Zoopla, Money, PrimeLocation and SmartNewHomes.

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