UK's total energy consumption used by the domestic sector has risen by 23pc in the past 35 years.
Source: Daily Telegraph (www.telegraph.co.uk)
As well as the important environmental aspects of saving energy most householders would also like to save cash on their fuel bills.
Energy in the form of gas and electricity is a commodity, in that there is no difference in quality of the product from one supplier to another, although sourcing of 'green' energy is now of growing interest to consumers.
Another difference between suppliers may also be in the level and efficiency of customer service and adminsitration of the account. Having control over your bills relies on you getting up to date, easy to read statements and a clear administration of your payments. Some companies enable you to source both your gas and electricity through them for added convenience.
Consumers can now switch suppliers with relative ease and the internet offers the modern advantage to them of being able to instantly compare suppliers and their energy offerings.
By letting technology help you search you can find the cheapest options for your energy needs. With online application and ordering, switching supplier has never been easier and the competition in the market helps to keep prices down.
* The compareandsave.com utilities tool is powered by Energyhelpline, who is fully accredited to the Consumer Focus Confidence Code. At least 10% of customers who used energyhelpline to switch their gas and electricity between 1 July 2010 and 4 October 2011 saved £389 a year or more. The average saving was 16%. During the last round of energy price rises (June 2011 - September 2011), prices rose by 14.4% on average across the big six energy suppliers.
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