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News ***PRESS RELEASE**: IRISH CONSUMERS PROVE TOO APATHETIC WHEN IT COMES TO SAVING ON HOME ENERGY BILLS

***PRESS RELEASE**: IRISH CONSUMERS PROVE TOO APATHETIC WHEN IT COMES TO SAVING ON HOME ENERGY BILLS

**PRESS RELEASE**

 IRISH CONSUMERS PROVE TOO APATHETIC WHEN IT COMES TO SAVING ON HOME ENERGY BILLS

Apathy to change is the major reason Irish households aren’t switching their electricity and gas suppliers.

 

A poll of the first 6,000 households to join the Big Energy Switch campaign reveals that:

  • 42% of those who haven’t switched ‘Didn’t think the savings would be worthwhile’
  • 18% ‘just couldn’t be bothered’, and
  • 14% ‘thought switching energy seems too hard’

 

These results paint a clear picture that the biggest reason households aren’t switching is because the benefits of switching still aren’t widely recognised. This is supported by the fact that just 8% of households haven’t switched because they ‘like their current supplier’.

 

Apathy around switching and the idea that ‘it’s too hard’ is countered by the fact that 70% of those who have switched their energy in the past said they found it ‘easy or ‘very easy’.

 

One Big Switch Senior Campaigner, David Liston today said, ”Apathy around switching and fear of the unknown are two of the biggest issues we face when trying to convince Irish consumers to shop around.

 

“The fact that 2 in 3 of all of our members have switched before is heartening, but is far above the national average, meaning there are many people out there still not taking advantage of campaigns like the Big Energy Switch or competitive electricity and gas offers”.

“By not shopping around, consumers are essentially paying a loyalty tax, which is rarely rewarded. If you haven’t switched before, it’s more than likely you can save. I’d encourage anyone interesting in saving to join the Big Energy Switch to see what we come up with”.

 

The survey launched as a part of the Big Energy Switch, a nation-wide people power campaign to cut the cost of electricity and gas in Ireland.

 

The campaign aims to use the huge buying power of 20,000 Irish households to unlock group-discounted energy. Once unlocked, One Big Switch will encourage campaign registrants to switch to the offer or use it to shop around.

 

Joining the Big Energy Switch is entirely cost and obligation free. Consumers who wish to sign up can visit www.onebigswitch.ie.

NB to editors & producers: Details of case study families who have switched and saved and are willing to speak to the media are available for media outlets.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: David Liston, One Big Switch Senior Campaigner EMAIL: David@onebigswitch.com PHONE: 086 393 5073

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Pauline
Pauline from G commented:

Can I avail of Broadband switch even though I am being told that,that offer is now expired.I would switch from eircom broadband @e47.99 p/m at present if allowed the opportunity. 

Anonymous
Anonymous from MH commented:

Will we be able to do something about car insurance? Collette 

Kevin
Kevin from C commented:

Any details on car insurance. Kevin 

Anonymous
Anonymous from WD commented:

how do i join 

Anonymous
Anonymous from WH commented:

It would be great to use this to reduce bin charges as well. There is often a monopoly in play in collection zones. Absolute disgrace the charges many are looking for! 

marie
marie from WW commented:

hi all, it's not apathy that stops me from switching right now, it's the charge I will incur if I switch while still in contract with my current supplier. Apparently this doesn't apply if your'e out of contract. 

joe
joe from MH commented:

More People on board the better, makes us a stronger force. Any way of saving a few quid, that was the old way of doing things, but people now as your press release says are not all that bothered. Must be living the high life then! 

Patricia
Patricia from MH commented:

Looks like all suppliers will raise prices pretty soon 

seamus
seamus from MN commented:

I Got Discount Last To Last For -12 Months This Didn't Seem To Happen As Price Has Rising.. 

seamus
seamus from MN commented:

Can I Change My Electric Suplier 

Anonymous
Anonymous from C replied to seamus:

Yes Seamus... once you are not in a 12 month contract, as you will be charged 50 exit fee per account if you leave before the contract is up. 

Paudge
Paudge from CW commented:

How about a discount from FloGas for bulk tank orders????????????????? 

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