Last week was Big Energy Week – a national advice campaign aimed at helping households cut their fuel bills, through switching supplier for a better deal or installing insulation.
The week long campaign was coordinated by the Citizens Advice Bureau, which saw mobile advice stands in popular shopping centres etc springing up to try and help people with practical advice on switching and information on what insulation grants etc they might be entitled to.
We’re all being encouraged to ‘Check, Switch & Insulate’ – have you?
It sounds fine in theory, but from personal experience, I know that moving energy provider, means settling your account with your existing supplier first. This can be costly if you’re on a direct debit and your usage has out-stripped your monthly payments. Large debit balances – especially as we’re in the depths of Winter – might make it impossible for many to switch.
If you’re in a similar position, you might want to check with your energy provider how they handle such instances – the CAB might also be able to advise you further. It’s a shame to miss out on a better energy deal, when there may be something you can do about it.
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