More Than Fuel Comparison Sites

Some websites that compare gas and electricity tariffs are very straightforward, listing only plan names, types and prices in a simplified, bullet-point manner. That’s perfect for when you want a quick check of current prices and offers. A click on the listed plan typically takes you to an internal page or an external link that provides the details of a given tariff.

Other fuel comparison sites go beyond the basics. At these robust sites, in addition to judging one tariff against another, customers can often find energy-related information that’s useful beyond the short-term task of choosing a tariff.

Powerful Information

 

A description-rich tariff comparing site will include articles on conserving energy, understanding energy efficiency and energy usage in general. Customers can obtain deeper insights on energy usage in general, finding relevant description right on the very site that helps people choose their tariffs. That makes for some very handy one-stop shopping.

For example, GreenHelpline offers an article regarding household actions that can save energy, and therefore, money. The article also includes concrete information on how energy consumers can help the environment by making a few, small adjustments to their everyday energy consumption habits. A table outlines a collection of energy saving actions, shows how much money is saved annually by adopting these practices, and also lists the annual reduction in CO2 emissions that are realized by taking each individual action. That gives a better understanding of the benefits of restricting power consumption, and speaks volumes more than a simple tariff icon bearing the image of a green leaf. [1]

At UK Power’s website, consumers can read about government regulator Ofgem’s urging power companies to repair and rebuild trust with consumers. In the article, an Ofgem representative acknowledges the frustrations expressed by consumers over sudden rises in prices while customers are still reeling from previous price increases. The article includes valuable information and points readers to links explaining how funding can be obtained for household energy improvements to bring down utility expenses. [2]

Budget-conscious consumers (and, who isn’t budget-conscious today?) will appreciate articles about energy as it relates to the consumer’s pocketbook. An article on the uSwitch website discusses the issue of increasingly higher rates for gas and electricity. The piece notes that prices for many household needs have fallen over the past five decades; yet in contrast, the costs for housing and utilities have risen significantly. In 1963, housing and utilities together claimed just over 13% of a British household wages; today’s typical Britons fork over 26% of earned wages to keep a roof over their heads and warmth in their rooms. Experts anticipate the percentage to increase further, with an expectation of 30% by the year 2030. [3]

Reading stories such as these help consumers in creating strategies to understand and deal with the realities brought about by changes in the overall energy market or in governmental policy.

Helpful Tips

Content on these websites aren’t relegated solely to big, overarching themes of government and industry. Helpful energy tips specific to the seasons, for example, serve as reminders to handle little things around the house.  

The Go Compare website has an article devoted to helping consumers with their winter fuel bills. Details are given about the winter fuel payment, the cold weather payment, the Warm Home Discount Scheme, the Energy Company Obligation, help paying bills by using benefits, crisis loans and more. Any one of those solutions could be your ticket to lower fuel bills, and the information on how to pay less for your energy consumption is available on the very website that helps you compare prices and features of several tariffs. [4]

On the Compare the Market website, an article reveals the news that homeowners will be allowed to undertake small do-it-yourself electrical improvements on their own, without first having to obtain council approval. This should be welcome news for home owning energy consumers who have wanted to make energy saving adjustments in the home, but have put such alterations on hold due to the mountain of red tape that typically accompanies such DIY jobs. [5]

Get Informed

Don’t limit yourself to comparing prices and tariff features on tariff comparing websites. Energy websites often have quite a lot of valuable information to offer. Get the most out of the fuel comparison sites you visit by looking into the extras they provide.

M.S. Ross, has been looking on fuel comparison sites to try and get a better deal on all his bills this winter.

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