Gas and electricity customers switching their supplier can already save hundreds of pounds, but a new initiative means their switch will also support the work of disability charity, Scope.
Thanks to the agreement between Which? and Scope, Which? will donate £10 for every person that switches their energy supplier through its free and independent Switch with Which? switching site.
The donations will be used to support Scope’s work through its Time to Get Equal campaign and a range of services that give disabled people choice and control over their lives.
Scope’s Jane Aldous, said: ‘Scope is very proud to be partnering with Which?, who are not only making it easier for people to save money on their energy bills, but also helping us raise vital funds for our work with disabled people.’
Alison Morrison from Switch with Which? said she hoped that the partnership would help Switch with Which? reach out to many more households, including disabled people, and help them get a better deal on their bills.
On Friday two more of Britain’s ‘big six’ energy suppliers increased their prices. Scottish & Southern Energy’s (SSE) gas prices went up by 29.2% and electricity by 19.2%. Rival E.On raised gas by 26% and electricity by 16%. The price hikes follow similar moves by British Gas and EDF Energy in July and leave Npower and Scottish Power as the only major suppliers yet to raise prices.
Commenting on the increases, Alison Morrison said: ‘Consumers will be concerned about their gas and electricity bills and should review the impact of these price changes by comparing their current tariff against other options. If you pay by quarterly cash or cheque, you could make savings by switching to a monthly direct debit payment method.’
Customers who used Switch with Which? – the UK’s only not-for profit energywatch approved switching site – between October 2007 and March 2008 saved on average £233 per year.