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18/7/2019
How to keep your house cool.

There are also things you can do to reduce your usage in the Summer - Trying each of these simple actions could help you save around £10 off your bill over the next few weeks – a total saving of £70 if you do them all.

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14/6/2019
You Get What You Pay For…

It's Father's day this weekend and we know everyone’s Dad has a favourite saying or 'Dadism'. My Dad’s was “You get what you pay for”‍ and - as Dad’s usually are - he was right. This maxim doesn’t just apply to buying a new car or clothes or furniture, it’s universal – it’s even true when it comes to switching your energy supplier.‍ He probably should have spent more on his camera as well..

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10/6/2019
66% of consumers still using price comparison websites to switch energy

Almost half of the UK have never switched their energy supplier. Only 1 in 4 people are aware of the price cap. And a remarkable 66% of people are still using comparison sites to switch or compare their energy. Why aren't people switching?

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21/5/2019
Energy comparison sites lose 40% of deals due to greedy fees

Energy comparison websites are offering fewer and fewer energy deals due to greedy commission fees. Surely these fees of around £100 should be put to better use, for example: lowering tariffs, supporting the development of sustainable energy or improving customer service?

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16/4/2019
Beware of the ‘up to’ savings claims.

Ever wondered what you could really save when switching your energy supplier? There are some pretty crafty ways that some switching services choose to show these claims. Save 'up to' £518 or 'at least 10% of our customers saved £447'. Or an asterisk* with some hidden messages as to how they came up with this figure. Turns out less than 2% of the UK are actually using the 'typical' amount which Ofgem uses and suggest switching sites use. Check out our whitepaper link to find out more on this and what you can do to work out exactly what you can save.

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8/4/2019
Flipper vs The Rest. WeFlip? Look After My Bills?

Since Flipper started auto switching and 'Flipping' energy suppliers back in 2016, there have a been a few recent attempts from comparison sites trying to adapt their traditional energy switching model to a smarter, more automatic and hassle free model. However, when your business is built on commission and complicated supplier agreements - can you really call yourself a true and impartial auto switching service?

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1/4/2019
What is Flipping energy?

'Flipping' your energy is an evolved form of switching your energy supplier. Flipping does all the hard work for you, by automatically finding and switching you to the best energy deals and continuing to check the market every month for you to make sure you stay on the cheapest energy, forever.

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27/3/2019
National Price Hike Day - April 1st 2019

April 1st is usually associated with an April fool joke, but this year it's probably going to be a bit shadowed by price hikes on energy, TV licences, stamps, Easter eggs and many other bills affecting the average household by over £100 a year. They're calling it National Price Hike Day 2019.

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15/2/2019
What is green energy?

Just how green are ‘green’ energy tariffs? What is green energy? What’s the difference between green energy and renewable energy and what green energy tariffs are available?

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11/2/2019
Still The Best Energy Auto-switching Service

The Sun's Money journalist Daniel Jones investigates ways to save money before the price cap kicks in and prices start to rise again. He looks at all the 6 main energy auto switching sites. The outcome - Flipper who were the first auto-switching service in the UK remains the best at finding you the cheapest energy deals.

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7/2/2019
Forget the Energy Price Cap - Switch & save even more instead.

The price cap isn’t intended to secure people ‘the best deal’, it’s there to protect consumers who don’t switch from being overcharged. Before this latest price rise takes effect in April, consumers on a typical standard tariff can still save more than £200 per year by moving to one of the best deals available.

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21/1/2019
Record numbers for switching again in 2018.

Energy UK have recently published record numbers for energy switching in the UK. 5.8 million households switched in 2018, up 6% on the year before and 81% more than it was in 2014. Even more interesting a third of these switchers decided to switch away from the larger suppliers to a mid/small tiered supplier. Which? recently announced in their energy companies satisfaction survey that there were no Big 6 suppliers in their top 20 rated suppliers.

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17/1/2019
Big Energy Saving Week

It’s the Big Energy Saving Week 2019 - Starting on 21st January ending on Sunday 27th. Check out the Flipper guide on how to check, switch and save on your energy bills.

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17/1/2019
Understanding your energy bills

Need help understanding your energy bill? Energy bills are a minefield of confusing terms and jargon. Gas and electricity bills explained.

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9/1/2019
Smart Meters: everything you need to know.

Do smart meters save you money on your energy bills? What’s a smart meter anyway? And do I have to get one installed? We answer your questions.

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9/1/2019
Blue Monday January 2019. 9 ways to avoid the festive financial hangover.

Heard of Blue Monday? Is your bank balance in the red (like Rudolph's red nose) after Christmas? Here's 9 ways to save money on everyday stuff this January 2019.

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7/1/2019
What would you spend £385 on?

If you had £385 to spend on something for yourself, what would it be? Ever fancied owning a Montblanc pen or a Tissot watch? Feel like a long spa weekend to ease yourself into January? Maybe your iPad or tablet is on its way out? Or, like many of us following the excesses of Christmas, gym memberships are on your mind.

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4/1/2019
Beware of Energy Supplier Exit Fees

Avoid pesky energy exit fees when you switch energy companies. Did you know: you have 49 days before your contract ends to switch without paying a penny.

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19/12/2018
Energy Price Cap? Ofgem Energy Price Cap Explained

Everything you need to know about the The energy price cap 2019. The cap limits how much energy suppliers can charge you per unit of energy if you are on the suppliers default tariff or standard variable tariff (SVT). These are the more expensive tariffs you get automatically rolled onto when your first deal has ended. The energy cap does not limit the total cost of your bill - your bill is determined by how much energy you use. Take a look to find out more and what you should do.

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17/12/2018
Flipper on BBC Business Live - Mark Gutteridge

Flipper joined the BBC's Sally Bundock and Maryam Moshiri on BBC Business Live news. Managing Director, Mark Gutteridge talks about Flipper the auto-switching service that helps those wanting to save on their energy bills.

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6/12/2018
Flipping vs Switching

Thinking of switching energy suppliers? Why switch when you can flip? We flip you to the best energy deal. The only way to make sure you stay on the cheapest energy, forever.

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6/12/2018
Average UK householder pays £37,331 too much for bills in their lifetime

Are you overpaying o your bills? Recent research and 'Futility Bill Calculator' from us at Flipper shows that the UK householders will pay an average of £37,331 too much for utilities and insurance in their lifetime. Have a look and see if you are overpaying and what you can do to rectify it?

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26/11/2018
Smart Meters are going to cost bill payers £500m

The Telegraph announced that the smart meter roll out across the UK is going to add a massive £500m to energy bills. Ministers stated the total planned budget will be £11bn, which is £374 per household and that this will be paid for by consumers through higher energy bills. The National Audit Office (NAO) published that this cost is likely to go over by around £3b resulting in the average household paying up to around £100 for their smart meter. The NAO also estimated that smart meter owners will only save around £18 a year for the next decade (2030). To avoid fines from the government, suppliers are already struggling to install around 420k meters every month, and with a deadline to install another 40m by 2020 at a rate of 3 times faster of 1.3m a month it's hard to believe they'll get there and within budget. So overall not the best outcome for bill payers.

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14/11/2018
The Faces behind the Flip - Meet Vikki

This month on Faces behind the Flip - Let us introduce you to Vikki, one of our expert Customer Service Advisors who helps make your experience with us Flippin’ Fantastic!

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13/11/2018
Flipper's Jack Pitt speaks to The Mail on Sunday

The Mail on Sunday got in touch to talk about Flipper. Jack our Customer Service Manager, spoke to Laura Shannon, editor for This is Money, Bills column and this is what he had to say.

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9/11/2018
What the flip is automatic energy switching?

There's a new trend in the energy switching industry called Auto-switching and it's ruffling some feathers, but a few people are asking what it's all about. Automatic energy switching is the hassle-free way to switch energy supplier and save money on gas and electricity. Flipper, the UK's first automatic energy switching service goes through how it all began and where we are now.

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24/10/2018
Time to turn on the heating? 5 simple tips to stay warm and save money this winter.

Keeping the peace, saving money or delaying the inevitable – You can define it any way you like, but trying to hold off for as long as possible before switching the heating on for the winter is almost a national sport in the UK. So if you want to save energy, money AND win bragging rights at the pub this season, then we’ve got you sorted.

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1/10/2018
The Faces behind the Flip - Meet Jack

As it's National Customer Services Week, we’re introducing you to a few of our fantastic team members, starting with our great Customer Services Manager, Jack.

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20/8/2018
Did the Dragons get the best deal on their energy?

Did the BBC's Dragons get the best deal on their energy with L.A.M.B? Sadly for them we don't think so.. Take a look at our comparison chart to see how L.A.M.B (Look After My Bills) stacks up against the original Energy Management and Auto-switching service - Flipper, And why we we think we're a better alternative to Look After My Bills and other energy switching or comparison sites.

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14/8/2018
The Faces behind the Flip - Meet Becky

This month we are proud to introduce to you our wonderful Customer Services Advisor, Becky.

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25/7/2018
The Faces behind the Flip - Meet James

This month we are proud to introduce to you our awesome Operational Specialist - James.

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16/7/2018
How To Save Money Fast - Money Saving Tips You Need To Know by Kerry Whelpdale

YouTube and Vlogging star, Kerry Whelpdale, featured Flipper as one of her ways to save money fast. There are some other great tips in her video such as present and card draws, meal vouchers, no spend challenge days, and more!

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9/7/2018
Interview with Mark, Flipper's New Managing Director

We welcomed our new Managing Director Mark Gutteridge, to the team. As with any new team member, we decided to spend a little bit of time getting to know Mark, so we asked him some very important questions.

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29/6/2018
What is auto switching? Auto Energy Switching is here to stay.

Managing your energy has changed for the better with auto-switching - which can be described as the next iteration of price comparison switching Flipper is an auto-energy switching service that guarantees to save you time and money on your gas and electricity bills. Giving you your precious time back and peace of mind that you’re never overpaying for your energy again.

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20/6/2018
Eon slip a stealth 4.8% price increase through - is there more to come?

Big Six energy supplier Eon were busy prepping their second price rise in six months, announcing a 4.8% increase yesterday - meaning they have added (on average) £100 to customers’ bills since the beginning of the year.

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1/12/2017
Energy-efficient Christmas lights equals cheaper energy bills

Deck the halls without breaking the bank this Christmas. Find out about cheaper ways to power Christmas lights in your home.

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16/11/2017
More people in Britain understand French than their energy bills

Our new research shows that Brits are more likely to understand a foreign language than their energy bill. Find out why and how Flipper can reduce your bills.

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13/11/2017
Are you overpaying for your energy bills? New research has found that 14 million of us are.

Our research, which includes sampling over 2,000 British households, has found that around 14 million families in Great Britain not only do not understand their energy payments, but are overpaying by an average of £300 a year.

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8/11/2017
Six easy ways to save money at home this Christmas

Need to cut your household expenses ahead of the Christmas period? Check out Flipper’s top tips for DIY money-saving at home.

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12/10/2017
Is the energy price cap bad for consumers? Flipper's response

Flipper responds to the government’s plans to introduce an energy price cap. Read our full response and find out why we’re opposed to the energy cap here.

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26/9/2017
Price comparison sites: is it time for a better deal on energy?

The government's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has released a new report showing that consumers may not be getting the best value for money on their energy tariff when they visit price comparison websites to find a provider.

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28/4/2017
Flipper is the first energy switching service to use Google Home & Google Assistant

Flipper’s goal is to make energy switching hassle-free, and while we’ve been successful in achieving this, technology like Google Home allows us to go even further.

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27/11/2016
The 10 Cheapest Gas and Electric Suppliers In The UK

For the UK energy consumer, finding your cheapest gas tariff can feel like finding a needle in a haystack, due to the volatility of energy prices. To make things even more difficult, many “smaller” suppliers have entered what is an already crowded marketplace, able to offer cheaper tariffs due to smaller overhead costs than their more established counterparts.

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9/11/2016
Bill payers face £240m penalty as energy suppliers fail to deliver faster switching

Customers who swapped energy supplier paid £240m over the odds for their gas and electricity this year because energy companies take so long to process switches. Despite Ofgem and suppliers committing to a maximum switching time of three days by the end of 2014 and next day switching by the end of 2018, the average time to change energy supplier is still 17 days, nearly five times the target, according to research from energy switching service Flipper.

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9/11/2016
This winter, British switchers will lose out on a potential £91m (£25/household) due to slow switching by energy companies

Flipper, the energy personal assistant, has calculated that customers who swap energy supplier this winter will pay £91m (£25/ household) over the odds for their gas and electricity because energy companies take so long to process switches. Flipper is calling on energy suppliers to refund customers who are currently losing out.

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22/8/2016
Understanding the energy tariff rollover

The humble 'energy tariff rollover' is, despite lesser fame than its namesake, important to discuss because it causes a whole heap of confusion, and could be resulting in huge sums of money being lost via overly high bills. From our experience with customers, we can see in some cases it is needlessly putting people off changing their suppliers to a better deal by damaging trust.

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9/6/2016
The Flipper Challenge and why the argument over energy price comparison sites is missing the point

The infographic shows the results of a short piece of customer research carried out by Flipper to look at how customers use energy comparison sites, how long it takes them and whether they are any good at it.

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16/5/2016
5 useful apps that save you time & money

As Steve Jobs once said, “The most precious resource we all have is time”, so it’s important we use it wisely. Flipper is all about saving you time and money so you can focus on the things in life that actually matter, so we’ve compiled a list of 5 useful apps to help you do that.

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12/5/2016
Why there’s a 96.59% chance you WON’T find the cheapest energy deal using price comparison sites.

The CMA says you’re probably not getting the best deal from your energy company, but the hassle of comparing and switching means you probably don’t bother, costing you on average £350 per year.

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28/4/2016
Energy complaints could be a thing of the past

The latest round of energy industry fines was doled out to Scottish Power this week to the tune of £18m. The supplier racked up over a million complaints in the 18 months up to December 2015. What if customers had an easy, reliable way to leave a supplier that they were having a bad experience with, rather than escalate their complaint to Ofgem?

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22/4/2016
Can better bills encourage more switching?

Nobody likes bills. According to new research from Uswitch, energy bills are particularly despised. Two years ago, Ofgem forced energy suppliers to include labels, simple language, and key information onto our energy bills. This was supposed to make the bills friendlier and easier to read, encouraging more of us to shop around.

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11/3/2016
Our Response to the CMA: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Ronald Reagan was the king of one liners. He once famously said the most terrifying nine words in the English language were: "I'm from the government and I am here to help". Reading the Competition and Markets Authority’s report yesterday on how to fix the energy market we can start to see why he felt this way.

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8/2/2016
Sins of (c)ommission

Last week concerns emerged about the relationship between AgeUK and EOn when it was revealed that AgeUK had received substantial commission payments for switching customers energy supply to EOn. The press questioned whether the commission payments lead AgeUK to promote EOn deals even when they were more expensive than other offers.

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25/1/2016
Because you're anything but average

The way energy is being sold is misleading. We’ve just gotten used to it. It’s strange that the issue hasn’t received more attention. Consumer energy has a strange quirk in how vendors talk about prices and savings. The effect is that households are regularly misquoted and end up in the wrong deal.

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23/11/2015
The Price Comparison Paradox

Price comparison websites have sung and danced their way into our lives over the last 20 years. A close look at their business model gives interesting insights into the reasons why consumers and regulators are now starting to question them.

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31/1/2019

Energy Market Update - January 2019

Find out why 2018 was a record breaking year in the UK energy market, with more switches, more price rises and more suppliers failing than ever before. And why auto switching your energy remains the best solution for the highest possible savings.

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14/9/2017

Energy Market Update — September 2017

Find out what’s contributed to a rise in energy prices and enjoy the most popular energy news articles doing the rounds.

Let us know if you find your update interesting, and if so, feel free to share it.

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13/7/2017

Energy Market Update — July 2017

Discover what’s contributed to stable energy prices after 6 consecutive months of increases, and enjoy the most popular energy news articles doing the rounds.

Let us know if you find your update interesting, and if so, feel free to share it.

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4/5/2017

Energy Market Update — May 2017

Find out why energy prices have continued to rise for the sixth month running, enjoy the most popular energy news articles doing the rounds, and discover how Flipper plans to use Google Home to make switching even easier for you.

Let us know if you find your update interesting, and if so, feel free to share it.

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