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Leaving home without a coat marks start of summer

Switching off heating is second most popular sign

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One swallow doesn’t make a summer, but leaving home without a coat or jacket does, according to consumers quizzed by switching site Which? Switch.

The independent energy switching service asked consumers when summer officially started for them. Lowering or completely turning off the central heating was named as the second most popular sign that summer has arrived.

Energy bills forgotten

Three quarters of consumers (77%) think less about their energy bills during the summer but, with people who use Which? Switch saving an average of £263, many could be missing out on savings in the summer months.

The fifth most popular sign that summer has arrived was the clocks going forward, a sentiment that energy suppliers seem to agree with, with the big six gas and electricity companies all dropping their prices to coincide with daylight savings.

Which? Switch’s Alison Morrison says: ‘Your energy bill is probably the last thing on your mind when you’re out and about enjoying the warm weather, but checking that you’re on the best tariff now could save you hundreds of pounds.’

Which? has advice on home heating systems, reducing energy bills and reviews of the most energy efficient appliances. You can also find out how to buy the best boiler and read independent reviews of the best boilers.

Top five signs of summer

The top five signs that summer has officially started are:

  • being able to leave the house without a coat or jacket
  • turning the central heating off/down
  • starting to wear open-toed shoes
  • the clocks going forward
  • packing away winter clothes.

Which? Switch is the only not-for-profit, Consumer Direct-approved switching site, ensuring pricing, systems and procedures have been thoroughly checked and validated by another independent organisation. Customers can go to www.which.co.uk/switch.

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You can compare energy prices and switch to a new gas and electricity supplier on Which? Switch. People who switched with us between 1 October and 31 December 2013 are predicted to save an average of £234 a year on their bills.

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