Following the recent announcement by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that customers of the big six energy suppliers are being overcharged by £1.7bn a year, WDH is once again urging Wakefield residents to switch their energy provider.
In 2014 WDH launched it’s ‘Switch and Save’ initiative to encourage its tenants and local people to change their energy provider to save money on their gas and electricity bills. Since the programme started over 100 of the landlord’s front-line employees have been trained to deliver advice and support, 15 community events have been hosted and a dedicated resource has been made available within the business’ Sustainability Team to provide one-to-one support.
The CMA findings also highlighted that four million households are on pre-payments meters and may have been charged excessively high tariffs by their energy supplier. WDH has recently put together a downloadable guide advising people how to manage their energy bills and how to switch suppliers, even if they have a pre-payment meter installed.
Simon Gutteridge, WDH’s Sustainability Manager, said: “We know that many of our tenants live in fuel poverty, so it is essential that we encourage everyone in the district to not pay more for what is essentially the same product. For those who haven’t switched in recent years, the savings can really add up so it’s a great investment for such a small amount of effort. For those using pre-payment meters, it’s even more important to switch regularly as prices are much higher than for those paying by Direct Debit.”
In the last six months WDH’s energy comparison and switching service has helped users save on average £260 on duel fuel switches. The comparison and switching service offers a free, impartial, whole of market comparison and makes switching supplier easy and hassle free. For more information about the local support available and to download supporting guides, visit: wdh.co.uk/switchandsave