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Switch this summer and save this winter

Switcher.ie encourages consumers to consider their energy costs and potential savings to be made with autumn and winter approaching

Thinking about your energy bills during the summer months when the sun is shining may seem counter-intuitive but this is exactly the time that you should be looking to keep a lid on costs to ensure you save this winter.

Since 2011 energy prices for the standard household have increased by over €420 with gas prices increasing by €231 and electricity prices jumping from €990 to €1,179. However, Switcher.ie estimates that customers can recoup up to €254 a year of these additional charges by switching to cheaper energy deals.

Eoin Clarke, Head of ** Switcher.ie** says, “Although we have been blessed with good weather recently we would encourage everyone to take a close look at their energy bills this summer to make savings especially those who are on standard tariffs. In addition to the savings that can be made on your bill, now is a great time to give your boiler the once over.

“Those who get their heating systems serviced in the summer are making a sensible decision as heating engineers are far less busy and prices are lower. Not only will a well maintained boiler be much less prone to breakdown, but it will also operate more efficiently.

Making your home more energy efficient could also save you hundreds of euro in terms of your energy bills.” Clarke continued, “Although price is a key consideration customers should also take time to consider the following before choosing a new energy supplier:

  • Payment options. Are you going to pay by Direct Debit? It is now almost standard practice for energy suppliers to offer discounts to customers who pay by Direct Debit.
  • The terms of contract. A price plan may look attractive, but could come with more prohibitive restrictions, such as a minimum tie-in period or cancellation fees, is it a fixed or variable rate?
  • Reward schemes and other benefits. A more expensive supplier may have incentive schemes that offer rewards, such as loyalty points or cash back in the long term.
  • Customer service.
  • Online services or online billing. Again it is now almost standard practice for energy suppliers to offer discounts to customers managing their account online.
  • The ease of transferring to and from their service.”

Energy customers can ensure that they are on the most cost effective plan by visiting https://.switcher.ie/gas-electricity/.

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