Energy Relief welcomes the news that in 2016 4.8million energy consumers switched their supplier, 1 million more than in 2015.

The rising trend of consumers switching domestic energy suppliers shows no signs of slowing down with 345,000 households switching to another energy supplier in January this year. Whilst there were more switchers in December 2016, perhaps the Christmas shopping got consumers thinking about saving money, year on year the numbers are rising.

However we can’t help but look at how much would have been raised for Charities and Community Projects had these supplies been switched through Energy Relief.

If we take the assumption that every switcher changed suppliers for their gas and electricity, £40 would have been donated to a Charity or Community Project of their choice. This means in 2016 a potential £192million could have been raised.

Npower has recently announced they were increasing their standard electricity tariff prices by 15% and their gas prices by 4.8%. This announcement follows the news that the wholesale cost of energy has increased by almost 50% since last January, rising network charges and taxes.

While British Gas, E.ON and SSE confirmed they will keep their pricing on hold until the end of March 2017, it is widely believed that they will increase prices later this year. EDF have already announced that they will increase their electricity charges by 8.4% from March 2017.

With over 45 suppliers in the UK, there is a wide choice for those who are willing to shop around. It’s also now even easier with the introduction of the Energy Switch Guarantee, providing more confidence to customers when switching.

To make sure that you are on the most competitive tariff for your energy, just complete the 5 minute form on www.energyrelief.co.uk and experience the free, impartial and Ofgem approved energy comparison.

If you would like any help with the switching process please contact us on hello@energyrelief.co.uk or 02920 007 629

Energy Relief is a not-for-profit Ofgem approved energy switching site for domestic energy use, with 100% of the switching fee going to a Charity or Community Project of your choice.