Energy consumers urged to act and save on monthly bills

One in three people in Moray and throughout Scotland concerned about how much they are paying out each month in energy bills are being urged to take action.

Surveys have also revealed that over half of all consumers are confused by complicated tariffs on offer from energy companies – although recent reforms have resulted in simpler, clearer and a more fair energy market.

Help may be at hand, however, as the industry’s regulating body, Ofgem, has launched the ‘Be an Energy Shopper’ campaign, encouraging consumers in Moray to shop around for their energy needs and obtain the best possible deal.

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The campaign has produced an easy to follow guide available online at www.goenergyshopping.co.uk that will help stop the confusion associated with comparing energy tariffs and help people to start shopping around for their energy.

The new website provides consumers with the know how to check existing energy deals so they can get a better deal.

Local MP Angus Robertson has welcomed the initiative, saying: “Many people across Moray have never switched energy providers, despite the fact that a better deal may be available.

“The new leaflets and website by Ofgem makes it easier than ever to find the best deal for you and just by spending the same amount of time you do to shop for insurance plans or bank accounts, you can get a better deal on your energy bill.”

Ofgem’s chief executive officer, Dermot Nolan, added: “As a country Scotland has a huge appetite when it comes to savvy shopping and tracking down a good deal – we shop and compare prices for many things in life, yet we often don’t think to do the same when it comes to our energy bills.

“Previously, people found it difficult to compare tariffs and the process was too time consuming but the recent reforms have changed things for the better.

“With the introduction of ‘Be an Energy Shopper’ it has never been easier to go energy shopping and get a better deal on your energy bills.”

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