The Government seem to think so.
In a surprise twist to the heated energy prices debate, the humble QR Code has been drafted into service by the UK Government in their PR battle against the nation’s energy suppliers.
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey today announced the Government’s plans to introduce compulsory QR Codes to all of our energy bills, so consumers can get an instant cross-market comparison using their smartphone or tablet computer.
According to the Government’s feasibility study, the QR Code would direct the consumer to an independent Internet landing page which contains energy saving messages and options for further action – such as links to switching sites, advice sites or their own provider’s site.
“We’re determined to make energy markets work better for consumers – and despite all the evidence showing that QR codes on bills would make a real difference to people, energy companies still haven’t done anything about it,” says Mr Davey. “That’s why we’re acting to make sure people have a quick, straightforward way to compare the best deal for them with a simple swipe of their phone. With so many of us using smartphones and tablets nowadays it would be strange if we weren’t using the latest technology to help us save money at home.”
Example energy bill featuring a QR Code:
Rather than using QR Codes, wouldn’t it just be simpler for the energy bill to have a link that goes to a website – run by the Government or an independent advisory body – with this info? What do YOU think? Please scroll down this page to the “Leave a Reply” box below and post your message (you can also comment via the Facebook panel)…