http://www.uSwitch.com Welcomes Government’s ’Energy Smart’ Initiative

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http://www.uSwitch.com the independent comparison and switching service welcomes the launch of �Energy Smart�, however with energy prices forecast to rise by a further 12 per cent for gas and 6.1 per cent for electricity in 2005 (according to uSwitch.com�s Spendable Income Index) and nearly £2 billion* in unclaimed energy savings, http://www.uSwitch.com is keen that today�s announcement is backed up by action.

http://www.uSwitch.com the independent comparison and switching service welcomes the launch of ‘Energy Smart’, however with energy prices forecast to rise by a further 12 per cent for gas and 6.1 per cent for electricity in 2005 (according to uSwitch.com’s Spendable Income Index) and nearly £2 billion* in unclaimed energy savings, http://www.uSwitch.com is keen that today’s announcement is backed up by action.

Commenting, Tim Wolfenden, head of products at http://www.uSwitch.com adds, “It’s encouraging to see that the Government is backing an initiative that encourages people to reduce their energy usage and save on bills, however competition is clearly not working for those who are fuel poor or brand-loyal.

“Despite what the government has done so far, there remains a high-level of consumer inertia. Whilst this new initiative targets certain energy customers (such as the fuel poor) and addresses the key issues, it’s not clear how these messages will be communicated nationwide.

“We’d like to see the government launch a mass-market campaign that communicates the significant savings to be made in switching supplier and benefits of managing bills effectively, to ALL energy customers, without simply relying on them overcoming their apathy."

About http://www.uSwitch.com
http://www.uSwitch.com is a free, impartial online and phone based comparison and switching service which helps consumers compare prices on gas, electricity, home telephone, digital television and personal finance products. Our aim is to help customers take advantage of the best tariffs and services on offer from every supplier. The company has developed a calculator which evaluates a number of factors including price, location, service and payment method, and advises consumers on the best deal to suit their needs.

http://www.uSwitch.com is not a supplier but acts as an independent advisor, giving consumers an impartial view of what’s on offer. Unlike traditional brokers, it compares prices from all energy suppliers, not just those it has a commercial relationship with. The service is based on the most up-to-date information provided by the supplier companies and industry regulators.

The service is also available via telephone, fax and post. Consumers can call on 0800 093 06 07, fax 020 7233 5933 or write to Customer Services, uSwitch.com, 10th Floor, Portland House, Stag Place, London, SW1E 5BH , with their postcode and usage details.

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Jennifer Evans

http://www.uSwitch.com
0207 802 2967

Alison Merrigan

Lansons Communications

0207 294 3634

alisonm@lansons.com

Francesca Pattison

Lansons Communications

0207 294 3638

francescap@lansons.com

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