Record numbers sign up to switch energy providers

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A CAMPAIGN to urge householders to switch their utility bill suppliers has attracted more than a quarter of a million members since its February launch.

Over a thousand people a day are still signing up to the Big Switch, led by consumer group Which? and online action group 38 Degrees.

The consumer organisation has extended the deadline for people to take part from the end of March to 25 April.

Data collected by the campaign has found that more than half of the people who have signed up to have their gas and electricity analysed by Which? are not currently managing their energy bills online and the vast majority – 79 per cent – are on variable tariffs as opposed to fixed price deals.

“The response has been fantastic, with more than 250,000 people signed up,” said Richard Lloyd, executive director at Which? “Many energy companies have said they want a better relationship with their customers, so this is an opportunity to prove they are serious about giving the best deal. We hope The Big Switch will save thousands of people money on energy bills.”

The news comes just days after figures revealed that the Department for Energy and Climate Change reported that the fourth quarter of 2011 saw the lowest number of electricity transfers since records began in 2003, while the numbers switching gas were second lowest only to the first three months of 2003.