In the press
Don't take our word for it! Here is a selection of recent comments from the press, radio and tv.
The Sunday Times October 21st 2012
The energy bill price rise lottery
... will still be up to 200 following the Ofgem changes. Joe Malinowski, at theenergyshop.com, said: "There is nothing in the proposals that tackles these complexities. ...Malinowski advises using a cheap fix instead. He suggests Ovo's New Energy...
The energy bill price rise lottery
The Guardian October 19th, 2012
Npower price hike highlights complexity of energy tariffs
...Joe Malinowski of theenergyshop.com warns consumers to avoid variable rate tariffs. "Prices are only going to rise at this point and variable tariffs allow suppliers to increase their prices even when the product is fixed. Unfortunately, customers do have to be vigilant and be ready to switch if prices rise or if they are nearing the end of a fixed tariff." He adds that customers should opt for a cheap, discounted fixed tariff...
The Daily Mail October 19th, 2012
Confusion grows over energy bills: Companies MUST tell customers best deals.. but are not obliged to put them on it
...Joe Malinowski, of price comparison website TheEnergyShop.com, said: 'The logical conclusion of everyone coming on to one standard tariff is that there will be losers as well as winners - some people will see their bills go up.'
He said the one in four customers who currently shop around for deals save up to £190 a year. They could see their bills go up by just over £100 while most of those on standard tariffs would see theirs fall by £34. ...
The Guardian October 18th, 2012
How to switch energy supplier
...Part of the problem is that in December 2011 regulator Ofgem forced energy companies to simplify their tariff structures. As well as many companies repricing their cheap online deals upwards, it resulted in many introducing more tariffs than they previously had.
"E.ON is a good example," says Joe Malinowski of the TheEnergyShop.com. "It withdrew eight products and added nine. When you remember that the old tariffs are still operating alongside the live ones, you end up with a confusing number..."
BBC Radio 4 October 13th 2012
Energy price hikes
Npower has joined rival British Gas in announcing it is increasing gas and electricity prices in the UK.
Npower will increase the price of gas by an average of 8.8% and electricity by 9.1% from 26 November.
Earlier, British Gas, the UK's biggest energy supplier, raised its charges for both types of fuel by an average of 6%, adding £80 a year to the average dual fuel bill. The firms both blamed the government's policies as well as wholesale prices. Joe Malinowski from TheEnergyShop joins the programme.
BBC Radio Newcastle Jonathan Miles Show Sep 21 2012
Consumer Help Show
We start with some common-sense advice on switching and end by expressing our deep-seated affection for energy suppliers. Relive the fun we had with the link below!
The Guardian, Sep 14 2012
Energy bills set to rise again as cheapest deals are withdrawn
Scottish Power's replacement plan, the Online Fixed Price Energy March 2014 costs £1,099, while First Utility has no immediate plans to replace its deal.
This fits into a worrying trend for consumers, with a similarly good value plan from EDF Energy being discontinued at the end of August.
"The cheapest fixed deals are now, on average, £50 a year more expensive than they were one week ago," said Joe Malinowski of TheEnergyShop.com.
The Guardian, Sep 20th 2012
Energy bills to rise by up to 30% as cheap tariffs end
"The next month will see a lot of very cheap legacy tariffs coming to an end," Joe Malinowski of TheEnergyShop said. "We are advising that people now go for a fixed-price energy deal as - with across the board price increases expected shortly - a variable deal exposes you to higher bills."
Sunday Times, Sep 23 2012
Energy bill pain for the elderly
...October 2012 plan will see their average annual bills rise from £904 to £1,170 next month, according to analysis by TheEnergyShop.com, the comparison site. EDF, Eon and British Gas customers will also come to the end of their cheap fixes in October...
Channel 4 Super Scrimpers Programme
For the first episode of the current third series of the leading personal finance programme, Channel 4s turned to us for advice on handling a complicated mis-selling complaint featured in the programme.
BBC Business News
The average annual bill for average consumption on a standard tariff will be £1,245 this year, according to Joe Malinowski of the comparison website, TheEnergyShop.com. And he believes bills could be 50% higher again by 2020: "On some relatively conservative estimates on where wholesale gas and electricity prices might be heading, we are looking at bills hitting £1,800 a year for the average household in ten years' time," Mr Malinowski says. "Currently around 8 per cent of the bill compromises environmental and social costs, but that component is going to be escalating quite dramatically." It is estimated that more than six million households are in fuel poverty in the UK. Mr Malinowski fears that figure could rise by another two million by 2020.
Joe Malinowski, founder of energy price comparison website TheEnergyShop.com, said: 'A rapid rise in wholesale gas prices driven by events in the Middle East and Japan means that it is now very likely that we will see further increases in energy prices that will take energy bills to record levels.'
The Sunday Times
Joe Malinowksi of TheEnergyShop.com, the comparison service, said: "It has been more than a year since Ofgem started to urge suppliers to simplify their deals, but there is still a lot of confusion. Ofgem needs to get on with its reforms sooner rather than later."
The Daily Express
Joe Malinowski of TheEnergyShop.com said: "I think we could be seeing another 30 to 50 per cent on the price of a domestic bill. It would be catastrophic."'
The Financial Times
TheEnergyShop.com has put together a 5-point checklist to help customer avoid getting ripped off on the doorstep:
1. If you are approached by a doorstep salesperson first check their identity. They should carry an official company badge giving their name and the company that they represent. Take a written note of these details.
2. Get the written quotation before making any decision to switch. Once you have the quotation DO NOT get pressurised into signing up there and then. Instead, arrange for the agent to call back at a later date to suit you.
3. Check out the quote you have been given using a Consumer Focus accredited price comparison website such as TheEnergyShop.com. The sites are 100% impartial, show all deals from all suppliers, and are regularly audited to ensure that they are accurate and up to date.
4. Do NOT show the salesperson a copy of your energy bill or allow them to come in to read your meter. These have been some of the tricks used by unscrupulous salespeople to get important details about your supply and to switch you without your approval.
5. If the salesperson offers you a special deal that you can't get anywhere else be extremely careful. If you can't find the deal on a price comparison site it either doesn't exist or it is extremely expensive meaning the energy supplier doesn't want you to see how it compares.
BBC Radio 4 Money Box Programm Live
We are regular guests on the BBC Radio 4 Money Box Programme and BBC News 24. Click for a recent recording of Moneybox on the topic of energy bills.
The Daily Mail
...Joe Malinowski, founder of energy price comparison website TheEnergyShop.com, said: 'A rapid rise in wholesale gas prices driven by events in the Middle East and Japan means that it is now very likely that we will see further increases in energy prices that will take energy bills to record levels.
Most discounted tariffs have an exit penalty," said Joe Malinowski of TheEnergyShop.com. He added that the best tariffs were often open to new customers only. "Switching to the best deal will normally involve going to a new supplier," he said.