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Time is running out to switch tariffs before the biggest energy bill day of the year - Christmas Day

28 November 2013

With the Christmas holidays just a few weeks away, time is running out for Brits to switch to a cheaper energy tariff before hitting their biggest energy consuming day of the year – Christmas Day itself.

  • 43% of Brits expect to use more energy on Christmas Day than any other day of the year
  • The average Brit will spend nearly eight days at home over the Christmas break

With an early start, a late finish and lots of cooking and entertaining going on in between, 43% of UK consumers expect to use more electricity, gas or heating oil on Christmas Day than any other day of the year. The survey of over 2,000 UK adults, commissioned by Gocompare.com, also found that 18% of Brits will benefit from someone else paying the energy bill this Christmas by spending December 25th away from home.

However, as the countdown to Christmas continues, time is also running out for consumers to ensure they don’t pay over the top for any tree lighting and turkey cooking kWhs they use this yuletide. Gocompare.com warns that it can take energy companies four weeks or more to change from an existing tariff to a new one when you switch provider.

Although the big day will bring a spike in home energy use across the country, the whole festive period could put a high demand on householders’ finances as well as the National Grid. On average, Brits will spend 7.8 days at home over the Christmas holidays, meaning more energy than usual will be used for heating, lighting and cooking.

People from the North East will have the most home-focused Christmas time and potentially the biggest increase to their energy bills, spending on average 9.7 days at home over the Christmas break, whilst Londoners will spend just 6.6 days at home.

Jeremy Cryer, Gocompare.com’s energy expert, commented: “For most people, enjoying the Christmas festivities at home will also mean higher gas and electricity bills. So it makes sense for consumers to ensure that whatever energy they do use this Christmas, they’ve got the very best deal on their energy tariff.

“Time is running out if you want to switch before December 25th but changing your energy supplier isn’t just for Christmas. You could be saving money each and every time you turn on your heating, switch on a light or make yourself a cup of coffee, so it’s pointless paying the energy companies more than you have to. Gocompare.com customers save up to £309.05* by switching to a cheaper tariff, so treat yourself to a better energy deal this Christmas.”

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Notes to editors:

*Based on customers who switched energy supplier for both gas and electricity (dual fuel) using the Energylinx powered Gocompare.com platforms during the 1st July - 30th September 2013. At least 10% of people who switched energy supplier for both gas & electricity with Gocompare.com saved £309.05

On 22 November 2013, Vision Critical conducted an online survey among 2,007 randomly selected British adults who are Springboard UK panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.2%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and regional data to ensure samples representative of the entire adult population of United Kingdom. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.