QR codes are to be introduced on consumer energy bills to help bill-payers get an instant cross-market comparison, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has said.
This is the latest announcement from the government aiming to help consumers make the switch and get a better deal.
Energy secretary Ed Davey said: “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.
“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.
“Consumers now have a real choice with the number of small energy suppliers doubling since 2010.
“By opening up the energy market and the steps we are taking to make switching easy, we have already seen more than 1.5m people make the switch in the last quarter alone.
“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 is taking action under the Energy Act and will look to modify the energy company licences to have QR codes included as part of energy bills.