Dump the old flame this New Year and save yourself money

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How about this for a New Year’s resolution? Dump your old electric supplier and save up to £100 on bills.

The Consumer Council is advising people in Londonderry to prove they are bright sparks and save money by switching.

Richard Williams, Head of Energy at the Consumer Council said: “We have recently seen two new electricity suppliers enter the market in Northern Ireland, which means households now have six suppliers to choose from. The Consumer Council tracks the tariffs offered by each and puts the information on our website to help people see if they could save money by switching.”

He added: “The biggest savings come when you switch not only your supplier but also your payment method. So it is important to look at all the elements, for example could you also move to direct debit payments or paperless billing?”

Switching is simple. There is no interruption to supply. All you have to do is contact the supplier you wish to switch to and they will manage the process. There will be no change to your household wiring or meter, you will just start getting bills from your new supplier.

“We encourage all consumers to check the Consumer Council’s online price comparison table at http://www.consumercouncil.org.uk/energy/electricity-gas-price-comparison/ or contact us on 0800 121 6022 or via facebook or twitter for more information. We also have a simple ‘Switch On’ guide to switching electricity supplier for anyone who would like some guidance about the process,” concluded Richard.