Is your British Gas energy tariff the cheapest one? If you’re not sure, then you may benefit from the supplier’s new service, which will tell its customers just that every six months.
Under the new ‘Tariff Check’ personalised service, the energy supplier will check its customers’ energy usage for the previous 12 months and let them know if they can save money by switching to a different tariff. British Gas has also pledged to show other ways of saving on energy bills, including insulation and other energy efficiency measures.
The news follows Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge last year to get energy suppliers to offer the lowest tariffs to all their customers.
Ian Peters, Managing Director of Residential Energy said: “We know that household budgets are under pressure and people need to find ways to cut costs and I also know from speaking to customers they are often short of time. That’s why we’ve introduced ‘Tariff Check’, helping our customers by doing the research and hard work on their energy account for them and clearly setting out ways to save – including moving to a different tariff if it will be cheaper for them.”
However, Which? suggested consumers will need to check elsewhere to make sure they are on the cheapest energy deal on the market. The consumer body said: “British Gas is the first of the major energy companies to provide this service to all customers automatically. However, its tariffs are not the cheapest on the market, and some bill payers could be hundreds of pounds better off by switching to a deal with a cheaper provider.”
Earlier this month, ELN reported that the Government will add new clauses to the Energy Bill simplifying and reducing the number of energy tariffs to help consumers get a better deal.