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Sunday 16 October – The big turn on

10 October 2016

New research reveals that Sunday 16 October is the day when the nation will turn on the central heating.  But, a significant minority (29%) will be forced to delay heating their homes because of the cost.     

  • Research reveals that Sunday 16 October is the day the nation will turn on the central heating;
  • 29% of households forced to delay putting the heating on because of cost;
  • Heated arguments – 5% of people dread the winter because of arguments over the central heating;
  • Gocompare.com Energy’s five-step guide to switching energy supplier.

New research reveals that Sunday 16 October is the day when the nation will turn on the central heating.  But, a significant minority (29%) will be forced to delay heating their homes because of the cost.     

The research commissioned by Gocompare.com Energy asked over 1,200 homeowners about their plans to heat their homes this winter.  A small number (6%) of those surveyed said that whatever the weather they don’t turn on the heating until a set date every year.  The higher cost of winter fuel bills led to 29% saying they delay switching on their central heating, while 16% said that they heat their homes, regardless of the cost, because they hate being cold.   

The survey also revealed that the big energy switch on can lead to heated arguments:

  • 5% of those surveyed said they dread the winter because of arguments over the heating;
  • 5% admitted to having ongoing arguments about how warm their home should be;
  • 27% said the heating is only switched on when both they and their partner agree;
  • 14% said as the bill payer they got to decide when the heating is turned on.

Commenting on the research Ben Wilson, spokesman for Gocompare.com Energy, said: “We’re now entering the peak period for energy usage and higher fuel bills.  And, it’s clear from our research that the affordability of heating is a real issue for many households.  So now’s an ideal time to take a look at how much you’re paying for your gas and electricity to see if you can save money by shopping around and switching to a better deal.

“There are currently some very competitive energy deals on the market and simply switching supplier can make a big difference – potentially slashing £100s off your energy bills.  Comparing tariffs and switching suppliers is quick and easy.  Literally, in the few minutes it takes to enter your details - which can easily be found on your last gas or electricity bill – you could be £3662 better off.  Once you’ve switched providers, your energy supply continues uninterrupted.  The only difference you’ll notice is the savings you’ll make and your new provider’s logo at the top of your next bill.”

Switching energy suppliers is straightforward and quick to do, particularly if you use a comparison website which will allow you to compare the tariffs offered by a range of suppliers.  

  1. Dig out your old electricity and gas bills – these contain information you will need to make the comparison including the name of your existing supplier, details of the tariff you are currently on and a record of your current energy usage. Energy prices are set regionally and some providers only serve certain areas, so you’ll also need your postcode.
  2. Visit a comparison website and input your details, including your current energy consumption (which you should be able to find on your bill).   If you’re unable to lay your hands on an old energy bill calculations can be made on estimated usage.
  3. When you've reviewed your options, and made your choice of supplier and tariff, you'll be asked to complete a short application form (e.g. name and address and bank details if you are paying by direct debit).
  4. Your new supplier will contact you after the two week cooling off period (a legal requirement should you change your mind and want to cancel the arrangement) with follow up information about your service switchover date. During the switchover period, there should be no disruption to your energy supply.  You won't need to contact your existing provider to end your contract - this will be done by your new supplier.
  5. Once the transfer of your energy supply has been confirmed, you should ensure that the final payment to your previous provider has been made before cancelling any direct debits.

See Gocompare.com's guide for more information on how to save money on your gas and electricity bills.

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 Notes to editors:

1On 30 September 2016, Bilendi conducted an online survey among 1,283 randomly selected British adults who are Maximiles UK panelists who are homeowners.  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.

2At least 51% of customers who received a price for switching energy supplier for both gas and electricity with Gocompare.com saved £366 or more (1st April - 30th June 2016).

For further information please contact:

Anders Nilsson or Martyn John at Gocompare.com on 01633 654 054 / 01633 654 725

Gordon, Jason or Liz at MAW Communications on 01603 505 845

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