Secretary of State for Climate Change, Amber Rudd, visited Bristol Energy yesterday to find out how we’re supporting the city, and reinvesting our profits back into Bristol.
We welcomed the minister to the Bristol Energy Hub, to give her a special preview of our face-to-face customer care centre in advance of its opening on Tuesday next week.
The Hub (based on Bristol’s Waterfront) will allow people to come and see us in person, to ask questions, pay a bill or just find out if we can offer a cheaper deal.
We’re hoping the Hub will help encourage people to switch their supplier and save money.
Latest figures from the energy regulator Ofgem show that more than two thirds of households in Great Britain remain on expensive standard variable deals, usually with the larger suppliers.
By offering fair, straight forward tariffs for customers, we’ve calculated savings for the city of approximately £11million – that’s an average household saving of around £250 per year. And by working with local charities and community groups, we aim to reach those people who would benefit most.
Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said:
“I am on the side of hardworking bill payers, which is why I wanted to see first-hand how Bristol Energy is helping local people with their energy bills.
“The best way to save money on your bills is by shopping around. Thanks to Government action there are now 39 energy suppliers to choose from and we’ve made it easier for small suppliers like Bristol Energy to compete with the Big 6.”
Peter Haigh, MD of Bristol Energy, said:
“We are incredibly proud to be running an energy company in Bristol, for Bristol.
“By opening up the Bristol Energy Hub, we hope to encourage more people to come and be a part of it. It’s very easy to switch your provider, so there is no reason to be spending more than you need to on your energy bill. And with Bristol Energy, you can pay that bill knowing that your money will help us to support those who need it most across the city.”