Whether you own your home or rent it, pay by direct debit or have a prepayment meter
, there are savings to be made.
Ofgem say these charges prevent prepayment meter
customers switching to cheaper deals.
The Citizens Advice Bureau said that 16% of prepayment meter
users are cut off over the winter, either because people cannot afford to buy more energy or because they are unable to top-up their meter.
More than 2,700 vulnerable people died in the West Midlands last winter from causes directly attributable to cold and poor living conditions; as shocking as this is, it is just the tip of the iceberg - over the last two years the number of households in fuel poverty has increased from over 500,000 to over 700,000 in the West Midlands, only having warmth a few days in a week because the money they have to put on their prepayment meter
That's why we are pleased to announce a commitment from major suppliers which will permit tens of thousands more prepayment meter
consumers in debt to choose the cheapest energy deal.
Audrey Gallacher, of watchdog Consumer Focus, welcomed the move, adding: "For a long time prepayment meter
customers suffered the double whammy of high prices and reduced choice.
Almost a third of households overall (31%) said their bill was higher than expected, but this figure rose to more than half among those who pay by cash, cheque or prepayment meter
, with many in this group on low incomes.
Smart meters also have the potential to make switching easier, says Zoe, "They could improve competition in the energy supply and prepayment meter
markets as well as stimulate competition in emerging energy services markets.
Other conditions for the package include the alteration of house or dwelling in order for the prepayment meter
to be installed and that the meter may not trip on overload.
I used to rent a flat with a prepayment meter
and I probably spent twice as much on power as any of my friends in a similar flat with a conventional meter.
Lindiwe Mazibuko, a third claimant, first rejected the prepayment meter
Prices for prepayment meter
, Age Concern and Staywarm customers will remain unchanged for the moment.