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More than 600,000 consumers in the UK have switched to a new energy retailer in September alone, according to data provided by trade association Energy UK.

The number of consumers who switched represents a 10% increase from last year’s numbers.

In total, 603,400 consumers have switched to bring the number of 2019 switches to 4 million.

That’s an increase of 11% year-on-year, with a record of 5.8 million customers switching suppliers in 2018.

According to data, 34% of switches were to mid-tier or small suppliers, 16% from small and mid-tier to larger suppliers and 23% of switches were between large suppliers and 27% between the small and mid-level providers.

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Lawrence Slade, a chief executive at Energy UK said: “It is brilliant to see that every month more and more consumers reap the benefits of increased competition.

“Customers, whatever their circumstances, can benefit from checking their tariff so if you’re concerned about your bill going into winter, pick up the phone to your supplier and see if you’re on the best deal – or have a look at what other offers are available in the market.

“Just as importantly consumers can save more on their energy bills by getting a smart meter and making their house more energy-efficient, which will also reduce their carbon footprint and help tackle climate change.”