- Increase of 8.6% in energy prices to add £113 a year to average dual fuel bill– from £1,319.70 to £1,433.19
- Cost of gas to rise by 8.5% and electricity prices to leap by 9%
- 2.2 million customers to be affected
- Scottish Power has increased prices from £1,059.80 to £1,433.19 over last five years**
Scottish Power has joined SSE, British Gas and npower by announcing an 8.6% rise to its customers’ dual fuel prices.
Jeremy Cryer, energy spokesperson at price comparison website Gocompare.com, said: “With four of the big six energy suppliers having now revealed their winter price hikes, and a further 2 million customers affected, a large number of people are going to be facing the dilemma of whether to freeze or make cutbacks elsewhere in order to heat and power their homes.
“But what can people do to avoid paying more for their energy than is necessary? With more price increases undoubtedly on the way from EDF and E.ON, moving to a fixed tariff can help you keep control of what you’re spending on gas and electricity, and ensure that you’re not hit by further energy price hikes.
“Fixed tariffs like EDF’s Blue+ Price Freeeeze March 2017 mean that you can protect yourself against price rises for the next four winters; and those from smaller, independent suppliers like First Utility’s iSave Fixed v10 January 2016, let you fix for more than two years.
“However, there are lots of good fixed energy tariffs available, and to compare them all you need is your annual energy usage, which you can get from your current supplier, and your postcode. Remember, no single tariff will be best for everyone, and that’s why it’s important that you shop around to find the supplier that’s offering the right deal for you.”
Effect of winter energy price rises so far***
Annual bill in August 2013
Price rise (%)
Annual bill after winter 2013 price rises
For more information or to compare gas, electricity and dual fuel tariffs today, visit: www.gocompare.com/gas-and-electricity/.
Notes to editors:
*Based on a medium user (3,300 kWh of electricity and 16,500 kWh of gas per year)
**Based on a medium user (3,300 kWh of electricity and 16,500 kWh of gas per year). Annual average dual fuel bill in September 2008 versus new annual average dual fuel bill following price rise announced on October 24th.
***Based on a medium user (3,300 kWh of electricity and 16,500 kWh of gas per year), with a dual fuel standard tariff; averaged by payment method (monthly direct debit, cash and cheque, or on receipt of bill); and averaged across all regions