Energy companies to add QR codes to bills to help customers save

By Ishbel Macleod | PR and social media consultant

March 10, 2014 | 2 min read

The Department for Energy and Climate Change are set to make energy companies have QR codes on all bills for consumers, to help provide information on how much they are spending on gas and electricity.

"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,” Edward Davey, secretary of state for the department, said.

"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.

"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."

The government have said that the addition of QR codes will help consumers understand their bills and how to get a better deal, building on the back of simpler tariffs and making it easier to switch accounts to a different energy company.

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