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Nation’s leading energy switchers revealed

New figures released today by the Energy Switch Guarantee reveal that Yorkshire is home to the savviest energy customers in Great Britain.

The figures (see tables below) show the number of households in each constituency in Great Britain that have switched electricity supplier between September 2016 and August 2017. 

Leeds North West contains the country’s most prolific switchers with 23 percent (8,444) of all households having looked to save money by switching provider during this time.

Yorkshire leads the way when it comes to cash conscious energy customers – accounting for seven of the top ten switching areas which also feature Leeds North West, Haltemprice and Howden, Newcastle upon Tyne East, Sheffield Hallam, Leeds North East, Leeds East, Leeds Central, Peterborough, Plymouth Moor View and Pudsey.

The Energy Switch Guarantee – a voluntary industry initiative launched in June last year – is a set of commitments made by suppliers to ensure that switching energy supplier is simple, speedy and safe for customers. It is on track to cover over 90 percent of the market by the end of the year.

Tina Tietjen, Independent Chair of the Energy Switch Guarantee, said:

“Over 4.5 million customers have switched energy supplier so far this year and taken action to reduce their bills by hundreds of pounds a year.

“Our figures show that whilst some areas of the country – like Yorkshire in particular – are taking advantage of the potential savings on offer, others are missing out.

““It can only take a few minutes, so get in touch with your supplier or look online to make sure you are on the best deal for you. There are huge savings to be made and the Energy Switch Guarantee provides customers with extra reassurance that the process will be simple, speedy and safe.”

The figures also reveal that Scottish customers are amongst those changing providers less frequently – Orkney and Shetland appears at the other end of the table with five percent of all properties (1,312) having switched providers.

In total Scotland has eight of the areas with the least amount of switchers which also include Ross, Skye and Lochaber; Argyll and Bute; Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross; Cities of London and Westminster; Na h-Eileanan an Iar; Glasgow Central; Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey; Hayes and Harlington and Dumfries and Galloway.


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Notes to editors

  • Signatories of the Guarantee include: British Gas, Bulb Energy, E.ON, EDF Energy, ENSTROGA, First Utility, Flow Energy, npower, Octopus Energy, Pure Planet, Sainsbury’s Energy, Scottish Power, So Energy and Tonik Energy.
  • The switching data is supplied by Electralink who provides a secure service to transfer data between the electricity market participants. The company operates the Data Transfer Network (DTN) which underpins customer switching, meter interoperability and other business processes critical to a competitive electricity market.
  • The data referenced shows the number and percentage of domestic properties per constituency who switched their electricity supplier between September 2016 and August 2017 in Great Britain.
  • View the latest switching reports here.
Top ten switching constituencies – Sep 16-Aug 17
Constituency Switches % of switches Households
Leeds North West 8,444 23% 36,429
Haltemprice and Howden 8,735 22% 40,136
Newcastle upon Tyne East 9,234 21% 43,234
Sheffield, Hallam 8,261 21% 38,880
Leeds North East 8,790 21% 41,971
Leeds East 8,939 21% 43,075
Leeds Central 14,543 21% 70,340
Peterborough 10,799 21% 52,316
Plymouth, Moor View 8,565 21% 41,674
Pudsey 8,747 20% 43,122
Bottom ten switching constituencies – Sep 16-Aug 17
Constituency Switches % of switches Households
Orkney and Shetland 1,312 5% 23,910
Ross, Skye and Lochaber 2,631 7% 37,668
Argyll and Bute 3,700 7% 50,881
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross 2,532 8% 33,657
Cities of London and Westminster 5,979 8% 78,705
Na h-Eileanan an Iar 1,289 8% 15,781
Glasgow Central 5,229 9% 57,072
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey 4,961 9% 52,682
Hayes and Harlington 4,103 10% 42,549
Dumfries and Galloway 5,105 10% 52,025
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