Residents in West Sussex are being urged to get the best deal from their energy company.
Recent price increases for ‘standard variable’ tariff customers of some of the larger energy companies have highlighted the importance of regularly comparing home energy costs, seeing what other suppliers can offer and switching to save money.
However, Ofgem figures show that just 25% of households compared their energy costs and switched supplier in the past year. Households that haven’t switched recently could save as much as £300 per year on average.
Switching is particularly important for customers that are on their supplier’s standard variable tariff because these are more expensive than fixed-term energy deals.
Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “The money we spend on heating and powering our homes makes up a big chunk of most household budgets, but so many of us don’t take the time to shop around and see whether we can get a better deal. That’s why we want more of our residents to become savvy energy shoppers.
“One reliable local option is Your Energy Sussex, the County Council-backed energy supplier we launched earlier this year to encourage more people to switch. It’s quick and easy to get a quote online or over the phone and compare this with what other suppliers can offer.”
Your Energy Sussex is different to most energy suppliers because it is run on a ‘not-for-profit’ basis and uses any surplus to help local people who are struggling to pay their energy bills.
It aims to ensure that its gas and electricity prices are always competitive and works hard to keep customers on the cheapest Your Energy Sussex tariff. Your Energy Sussex contacts its customers by letter and phone when their fixed deal comes to an end and, for customers on some of its tariffs, it automatically rolling them onto the cheapest available fixed deal (without exit fee) at the end of their fixed term.
In addition to West Sussex County Council, the Your Energy Sussex tariffs are promoted to residents by East Sussex County Council, Brighton & Hove City Council, Arun District Council, Horsham District Council, Mid-Sussex District Council, Chichester District Council, Crawley Borough Council, Hastings Borough Council, Adur & Worthing Councils and Lewes & Eastbourne Councils.
You can get a quote or switch online at www.yourenergysussex.org.uk or call free of charge on 0800 952 0001.