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Tenants can switch to a green energy supplier too

Posted by Tasha Kosviner on 20 August 2014 at 4:25 pm

Three quarters of people living in rented accommodation have never switched electricity suppliers, new research by Ofgem has found. 

Compared to 55 per cent of homeowners, this research shows a worrying lack of awareness among tenants of their freedom to choose who supplies their electricity - and equally important from our point of view, how that electricity is produced. 

The research also found that one in five tenants (20 per cent) weren’t aware that it was even possible to switch energy suppliers. 

Ofgem have updated their www.goenergyshopping.co.uk website to include a section specifically aimed at tenants who want to change energy suppliers.

Whilst the Ofgem campaign intends to help people with the laudable aim of spending less on their energy bills, we’d like to use it as an opportunity to remind tenants that they are as free as homeowners to choose not just a cheaper energy supplier, but one who sells only clean energy as well. 

If clean energy is a priority for you then you could do worse than switching Ecotricity* and Good Energy*. And the great news is that not only do these companies have a commitment to sell only electricity produced from renewable sources, they’ve also topped research into great customer service both by YouGen and by Which?

If you’re a tenant and you’d like to switch to a different energy supplier, Ofgem’s tips are this:

  • Take meter readings when moving in and out of rented accommodation

  • Ask your landlord to highlight any supplier tie-ins upfront, including any exit fees which you would have to pay if you wanted to switch suppliers

  • Let your landlord know if you are intending to switch supplier

  • Remember: if you are responsible for paying the gas and electricity bill, you are entitled to switch at any time, and your landlord cannot unreasonably prevent you from doing so.

Ofgem's ‘Be An Energy Shopper’ campaign spokesperson and financial expert Jasmine Birtles said: "It’s not just homeowners who can shop around for their energy – renters can too.  So it’s worth taking a moment to bring yourself up to speed on your rights as a tenant. There are substantial savings to be made here so make sure you’re not missing out!"

* These are affiliate links. If you switch to one of these companies having clicked this link YouGen will receive a small commission, which helps to cover the cost of running the website.

  Photo Credit: Kaleb Fulgham via Compfight cc  

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