Alasdair Allan MSP urges islanders to start ‘energy shopping’

Alasdair Allan, MSP for the Western Isles, has backed a new campaign by Ofgem encouraging consumers across the Western Isles to go energy shopping to get the best deal on their energy bills.

The ‘Be an Energy Shopper’ campaign launched by energy regulator Ofgem comes after new figures reveal one in three people are concerned about how much they are paying on energy.

Previously, more than half of consumers in Britain (53%) say they have been confused by energy tariffs. Ofgem’s recent reforms have resulted in a simpler, clearer and fairer energy market which means participating in the energy market has never been easier.

As part of the ‘Be an Energy Shopper’ campaign, an easy guide has been created to help stop the confusion associated with comparing energy tariffs and help people to start shopping around for their energy. The new website provides consumers with the know how to check existing energy deals so they can get a better deal.

Ofgem have also produced Gaelic versions of the Be an Energy shopper information leaflets.

Alasdair Allan MSP said: “Many people across the Western Isles have never switched energy providers, despite the fact that a better deal may be available. The new leaflets and website by Ofgem makes it easier than ever to find the best deal for you and just by spending the same amount of time you do to shop for insurance plans or bank accounts, you can get a better deal on your energy bill.”

Dermot Nolan, CEO at Ofgem also said: “As a country Scotland has a huge appetite when it comes to savy shopping and tracking down a good deal- we shop and compare prices for many things in life, yet we often don’t think to do the same when it comes to our energy bills.

“Previously, people found it difficult to compare tariffs and the process was too time consuming but the recent reforms have changed things for the better. With the introduction of ‘Be an Energy Shopper’ it has never been easier to go energy shopping and get a better deal on your energy bills.”