Switch with Which? gets seal of approvalEnergywatch launches confidence code

20 December 2006

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Industry watchdog Energywatch has given its seal of approval to the Which? impartial energy price comparison site - Switch with Which?.

The site – which helps you check which energy supplier currently offers the best deal for your gas and electricity - has been fully accredited under Energywatch’s new internet price comparison code.

The Energywatch Confidence Code has been designed to help consumers ensure they are not paying too much for their energy at a time when average energy bills are running at over £1,000 a year per household.

To become accredited, internet price comparison sites have to deliver impartial, accurate and reliable information to consumers.

Audit process

Energywatch’s Tim Whittle said: ‘The Energywatch Confidence Code ensures consumers can fairly compare prices from all major suppliers.

‘All the accredited sites have participated with a rigorous, comprehensive and independent audit process to ensure that consumers can have confidence in the services they provide.

‘The sites will be monitored and should any fall below code standards then they risk having their accreditation withdrawn.’

Impartial information

Which? Marketing Director Chris Gardner said: ‘Which? welcomes the Energywatch initiative to set out the minimum standards required of online gas and electricity comparison services.

‘Which? complies with the new Code of Confidence and offers the only fully independent online switching service at Switchwithwhich.co.uk.

‘This free online service presents consumers with comprehensive, impartial information enabling them to make a complete, informed choice of energy supplier.

‘We look forward to Energywatch enforcing the principles set out in the new code, allowing all consumers the opportunity to switch suppliers with confidence.’

People using the Switch with Which? service can save on average, £250* a year by changing their energy supplier.

* Average saving of people who switched using the site between 01 Jan 06 and 30Jul 06 inclusive.