Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said:
“Energy efficiency measures may have played a part in the fall in energy usage but the fact is many consumers will have cut back in order to save money in the face of spiraling prices and squeezed incomes. Consistently four in ten have told us that they plan to cut back on future spending on their energy bills.
“The Government needs to do more to help people cope with the rising cost of energy bills. People will not feel confident that they are getting a fair deal unless prices are simplified and the costs that make up our energy bills are open, transparent and subject to robust scrutiny.
“We want the Government to introduce simple energy pricing, a clear ring-fence between generation and supply businesses, and for all energy policy costs to be scrutinised by the National Audit Office. That way consumers can see exactly what they’re paying for and be more confident that there is effective competition in the energy market.”