British households are overpaying by £1.2 billion a year for their energy
British households are overpaying for their energy by around £1.2 billion a year and do not benefit from the best available deals, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) revealed as a conclusion to its year-long inquiry into the energy sector.
The report found that tariffs offered by the big six energy suppliers were around 5% higher than they should be between 2009 and 2013. It also outlined plans to encourage customers to switch, but stopped short of recommending a break-up of the energy giants, saying competition in wholesale markets was working well.
The CMA said it uncovered “widespread consumer disengagement”, with around 70% of customers on default standard variable rate tariffs despite better deals available. More than 34% of 7,000 people polled for an extensive survey have never considered switching, according to the CMA.
It found dual fuel customers could save an average of £160 a year by switching to a cheaper tariff but often failed to do so because of a lack of awareness of which deals are available, “confusing and inaccurate” bills and worries over the difficulty of changing supplier.
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