Energy companies could be forced to add quick response (QR) codes onto all energy bills under new plans being consulted on by the government.

The move would make it easier for businesses and homeowners to be sure that they were getting the best deal, secretary of state for energy and climate change Edward Davey said.

“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.

“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.”

The government is taking action under the Energy Act and will look to modify the energy company licences to have QR codes included as part of energy bills.

The consultation is seeking views from across the industry including third party suppliers who can contribute to the development of smartphone or tablet application development.

It will close on 21 April.  For more information click here