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Search for energy bills online before the winter sets in

20 October 2010

Consumers should search online for the best energy deals, which can help them save money on their utility bills, before the cold weather sets in.

That is according to a spokeswoman from National energy Action, which aims to raise awareness of fuel poverty and encourage the vulnerable to seek help.

She stated that it is important for consumers to find a favourable rate on their energy bills before the cold weather starts as providers are likely to up their prices.

"It's always a good idea to secure a favourable rate before the winter as fuel prices often increase as demand grows, meaning prices creep up as the weather gets colder," she said.

"There are considerable savings to be made if people are prepared to switch suppliers and online direct debit deals give the best savings."

Another way in which consumers could try and secure a better deal is to speak directly to their suppliers to ensure they are getting the best offer available, she suggested.

Which? revealed on September 24th that getting the best energy deals can be a game of chance as providers often lack transparency.

The firm found a lack of transparency surrounding better deals, lengthy contracts and late notification of price changes meant that many customers are paying too much for their energy.

It was also revealed that one in three people do not trust their energy provider to tell them about the best deals.

One customer managed to make a saving of £500 a year by switching to his energy supplier's cheapest deal, Which? found.

Customers who wish to obtain a favourable rate before the energy companies up their prices could consider using a price comparison site to find the best online deals.

These sites will list the various tariffs available and will be updated to show any price hikes on a regular basis.

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