British government plans introduction of QR codes on energy bills to support cross-market comparisons

The British Department of Energy and Climate Change has revealed plans to introduce so-called QR (Quick Response) codes on consumer energy bills. By scanning these codes with their smartphone, consumers should get instant access to cross-market comparison of energy tariffs based on their current energy use.

The QR codes are meant to increase the overall transparency on the British energy market (which is highly fragmented since its opening in 2010) and help consumer switch to the best value for money deals.

“We’re determined to make energy markets work better for consumers. […] By opening up the energy market and the steps we are taking to make switching easy, we have already seen more than 1.5 million people make the switch in the last quarter alone.” – said Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey. 


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Source: Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)