Public To Blame For High Energy Bills

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Weekly claims that a naïve public have only themselves to blame for increased fuel and energy bills

Weekly Independent; an online news blog, has made the unusual claim that members of the public have only themselves to blame for the increase in fuel and energy tariffs.

“Inflation and cost of living are historically bound together in the free market and as the free market is geared towards making a profit, it is both naïve and foolish to expect prices to decline on a steady basis.”

The article published at goes on to claim that competition can be used by the public to their advantage if handled correctly. It also goes on to cite the myriad of options available to a seemingly lazy populace including independent suppliers and ways to play off energy companies against each other.

Inflation is cited as a key factor for price increases and one that will never go away. Even if inflation does drop one year, it will always rise higher and higher. A poll taken by the Guardian website shows that only 62% of the respondents are willing to switch energy providers in order to reduce their energy bills. That leaves nearly 40% (just under 2/5ths of the UK population) unwilling to switch suppliers. Another article on the same website also has a ‘how to guide’ on saving money on energy bills.

“Switch suppliers and look outside the mainstream…swallow the cost and change your boiler”
Lisa Bachelor,

These comments support the case made by Weekly – that the consumer is 99% of the time in charge of dictating how much to pay and which company to use. Most energy & fuel providers already realise this and some including independent heating oil suppliers are offering businesses and large organisations highly competitive rates against mainstream suppliers.

“Flexibility, fair pricing and a constant strive to provide the customer with the best service possible seems obvious to us. Without these things in place, how can we expect to maintain a loyal custom base?”

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