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Why you should shop online for your energy needs

A survey by the Daily Express has confirmed that shopping online for your gas, electric and other energy requirements is far cheaper with savings of around 12% now commonplace compared to the off-line arena. Even though the energy regulator should really be ensuring that those without Internet connectivity are not "left out of the loop" it would appear that the online arena is far more competitive and far more helpful than its off-line counterpart.

However, one of the problems becoming more obvious in the energy sector is the complicated tariff structure and the fact that many energy companies will use new tariffs to attract new customers while leaving their existing customers on higher tariffs. Even though this is common practice in the business arena it does leave something of a nasty taste in the mouth for those left to pay in excess of 10% a year more, for effectively the same service, compared to new customers with the same company.

The survey by the Daily Express also confirmed that just 5% of all energy plans in the UK originate from the online arena which would indicate that many people do not use their Internet connection to find the best energy suppliers in their area. There would certainly appear to be significant scope for improvement in reducing your energy bills from the comfort of your own front room!

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