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If you haven’t been tempted already, it probably won’t be long until you’re putting the heating back on. This time of year is a good time to start thinking about your energy supplier, before the winter sets in and your bills increase. A lot of people tend to stick with the same energy supplier, perhaps because they are unsure of how to change, or because they think it will be a complicated process. Unfortunately, the energy companies rely on people staying with them, which means many people are often heavily overcharged for their gas and electricity. Here are a few simple pointers for switching energy supplier.

If you would like to easily compare prices to find out which supplier would be the best for you, try ‘USwitch’ www.uswitch.com/gas-electricity. On the website, you can enter your postcode and details of your current provider (have your bill to hand) and click ‘show me cheaper deals’ and it will provide a list of the suppliers that will save you the most money, and give you further details of each, along with an option to switch to them. If you don’t have access to, or can’t use the internet, you could phone USwitch instead, on their freephone number 0800 6888 244. You can also use USwitch to compare prices for your internet provider, mobile phone providers, personal finance and insurance.

‘Your Energy Sussex’ www.yourenergysussex.org.uk/home-energy
is offered by councils in Sussex, who want you to pay less for your energy. It is locally produced energy, from places such as Westhampnett Solar Farm.  You can get a fixed deal for one year, then they will call you each year to offer you their best rate! Their profits are used to help local people who are struggling to pay their energy bills. On the website, you can click ‘switch now’, which takes you to a page where you fill in details of your current bills, and then it will tell you the difference in cost if you were to switch. If you decide you would like to switch to them, you can then choose the tariff that best suits you and fill in all your details. There is even an option of having your energy from solely renewable sources. Again, if you would prefer to speak to someone over the phone, you can ring them, on 0800 952 0001.

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