77% of tenants 'have never switched energy supplier'

Over three quarters of tenants have never switched electricity provider, according to the latest data from Ofgem's 2014 Consumer Engagement Survey.

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Over three-quarters of renters would have stuck with the same electricity provider to heat their home, Ofgem found. Credit: PA

The poll revealed one in five tenants did not know they could change energy providers in what the industry regulator dubbed the "sheer lack of awareness" of renters' rights to shop around.

A further 74% admitted to never switching to another gas provider.

Ofgem said that although renters often thought they had to accept the energy suppliers already in place when they moved in, this was very rarely the case.

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