Did you know that 90% of those aged 65 or over have never tried to switch energy supplier, despite the fact that a typical household can save up to £350 a year by switching energy suppliers?
A shocking number isn’t it?
It is actually quite puzzling for me. We take care of our bills and always make sure that we get the best possible deal out there, so why not share the knowledge?
I can understand that for some older people it might not be so easy or it simply doesn’t occur to them that switching suppliers can save them money but with so many online tools these days this task really isn’t so scary.
This weekend (November 14-16) is the Great British Switch – when comparethemarket.com is encouraging the UK population to see how much money they could save on their energy bills this winter by switching to a new supplier.
Get involved and help your relatives or elderly neighbour to get the best deal they can get.
We had a chat to our family members and showed them how to switch.
The process isn’t complicated, at least not for us, but not everyone is so internet savvy 😉 I think it is important to explain the benefits of the switch, biggest being of course money saving. At first we were met with some quite big resistance, simply because of the hassle… hey! What hassle? Switching supplier these days isn’t a hassle at all. You pick the new supplier; give them your current meter reading and job jobbed. Really, it is that simple!
Whilst checking the numbers for our family members, we found a potential saving of a staggering £409! Wow, £409, that is an entire Christmas present list paid for or a giant new TV or maybe that very much needed new piece of white goods.
It is really worth shopping around. Don’t be scared of it and please share what you know with others!
Help keep the elderly warm this winter with the #GreatBritishSwitch from 14th – 16th November. For every switch, done during this weekend, comparethemarket.com will donate £5 to Friends of the Elderly.
Help spread the world. Join The Great British Switch on Thunderclap and show your support.
Have you ever switched?
If so, did it prove to be a saving?
* Post written in collaboration with tots100 and comparethemarket.com
10 responses to “#GreatBritishSwitch – Compare the Market and Save on bills this winter”
I’ve been living in student houses the last three years so I’m never sure if I’m allowed to switch! I’ll definitely look into it my next house though 🙂
India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens
Yes you can. I remember being the one to search cheap tariffs in my first year leaving with other students.
Great timing as I am coming up to my renewal with EDF and will need to find a new gig thats cheaper.
I have switched before and not only saved money but also the customer service has improved.
Ah, so that’s why I’ve had so many phone calls from British gas recently! I’ll definitely have to look into this over the weekend.
I don’t have any elderly relations or neighbours but will change suppliers as soon as we move. At the moment we rent and are forced to use a meter which is very expensive.
I’ve never been afraid to switch energy providers for the best deals
Thank you Agata, I used to be a home carer the amount of times I would see the elderly wrapped in blankets because they were too scared to switch the heating on, due to the cost. Very useful advice
It is such a shame that energy companies don’t care for customer loyalty and just make money out of vulnerable people.
you’ve reminded me I need to compare ours! x