10/03/2014

Govt To Introduce Quick Response Codes

Consumers wanting to know more about their energy use and whether they are getting the best value for money will have a new and easy way of finding the best deal.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey today announced the Government's plans to introduce Quick Response (QR) codes to energy bills so consumers can get an instant cross-market comparison.

This is the latest announcement from the Government to help consumers make the switch and get a better deal, with collective switching and simpler tariffs already introduced.

Mr Davey said: "We're determined to make energy markets work better for consumers – and despite all the evidence showing that QR codes on bills would make a real difference to people, energy companies still haven’t done anything about it.

"That's why we're acting to make sure people have a quick, straightforward way to compare the best deal for them with a simple swipe of their phone.

"Consumers now have a real choice with the number of small energy suppliers doubling since 2010. By opening up the energy market and the steps we are taking to make switching easy, we have already seen more than 1.5million people make the switch in the last quarter alone.

"With so many of us using smart phones and tablets nowadays it would be strange if we weren’t using the latest technology to help us save money at home."

(CVS/CD)

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