Dual fuel customers choosing independent providers

Dual fuel customers

The smaller energy suppliers are offering the cheapest energy deals for customers - and it seems like people are cottoning on to the notion, as more people snub the Big Six in their favour.

Around one in six (17.4%) dual fuel customers across the UK who get their electricity and gas from the same supplier are now with an independent supplier.

This is according to figures from consultancy Cornwall Energy.

They said that this is showing an increase from the one in eight (12.6%) dual fuel customers who were with independent providers last year. In the last 12 months, 2.2 million accounts on any type of tariff were switched to one of these independent suppliers.

Robert Buckley, director of Cornwall Energy, said: "This data shows one of the biggest shifts to independents in the past 12 months."

The Big Six, of course, are British Gas, EDF, Npower, SSE, Scottish Power, and E.ON.

The bigger companies have been getting consistently bad press for the past few years, and the energy market has been under investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), who are all set to release their final report into the sector, later this month.

A Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesperson said: "The power is in your hands to compare, switch and save today."

"We've made it easier than ever before to find the best deal on the market. There are now more than 40 suppliers to choose from, meaning more competition and better offers for consumers."

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