Kate Denton and her husband Anthony Faulkner lead busy lives so they can never find the time to search for a better energy deal. Sound familiar?
The energy regulator Ofgem estimates that you can cut your annual bill by about £300 if you have never switched before, but many people simply do not get round to it or find the process too cumbersome.
But Denton and Faulkner, who live in a nine-bedroom detached house in Lavenham, Suffolk, have discovered an alternative. They outsourced the switching process to a company called Flipper, which does all the work for a fee of £25. As the couple are going to save nearly £2,000 over the next 12 months, it may turn out to be a canny investment.
Faulkner said: "Flipper outsources all that effort to a clever algorithm without me having to do very much at all.
HOW DOES FLIPPER WORK?
You have to register your details online (flipper.community). Flipper searches for the best deal for your circumstances. If it finds a tariff that should save you at least £50 over a year, after taking account of any exit penalties for switching, it will instigate an automatic switch and charge you £25.
Flipper will review your use every three months - and the deals available - and move you to another tariff if you can save at least another £50. You will not be charged again for further switches within a 12-month period.
Unlike comparison websites, Flipper does not receive a penny from suppliers, so there is no incentive to promote or exclude any deals.
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