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We could save you e250 on utility bills, claims new consumer service

SAVVY consumers could make savings of more than €250 by shopping around for energy providers.

Homeowners are spending as much as €2,000 a year on their electricity and gas bills, but as much as 10pc of this could be saved if they shopped around, it has emerged.

Comparison service uSwitch has launched officially in Ireland to help consumers make the right choices.

A survey commissioned by uSwitch among 1,000 adults found that eight out of 10 people are worried about the cost of their energy bills.

Head of uSwitch.ie in Ireland Eoin Clarke told the Herald that the service will help cash-strapped consumers.

"Initially we are looking at energy, broadband, home phone and digital TV," he said.


"It is designed completely free and impartial. With gas -- a medium user could save up to €124 a year, electricity of up to €130 and more on their broadband and phone.

"For a family of two teens and two adults, the savings would be greater."

uSwitch has been operating in the UK for the past 12 years, campaigning on behalf of consumers to get them a fairer deal and better service.

According to an independent nationwide survey conducted on behalf of uSwitch, more than two thirds of consumers expect their income to significantly decrease in 2013.

On top of this, more than 82pc are worried about their energy bills.