- Increase of 3.7% in energy prices to add £48.67* a year to average dual fuel bill– from £1,315.33 to £1,364
- Electricity prices jump 3.7%, while 4.6% is added to gas prices
E.ON, the last of the ‘big six’ to introduce its winter price hike, has today announced that it will be charging 3.7% more for its energy from 18 January 2014, adding £48.67 to its customers’ bills.
Jeremy Cryer, energy spokesperson at price comparison website Gocompare.com, said: “There’s been a lot of talk this week of energy bills coming down thanks to the deal struck between the government and energy providers, but the fact remains that people’s bills are still going up, like they have been for several years, only not by as much. The vast majority of households have still been dealt a serious blow this year by Britain’s biggest energy providers and their unwelcome winter price hikes.
“But people can limit the impact of price rises, and certainly don’t have to put up with the big half dozen’s antics. They may be the biggest but these six suppliers aren’t necessarily the best, and they aren’t the only choice open to consumers. There are more than 25 energy companies to choose from in the UK, so householders should take the time to see if they can protect themselves against higher than necessary energy bills by comparing tariffs and finding those that suit their particular circumstances.
“It takes all of five minutes to make sure you’re on the right tariff for you using a comparison site, and if you’re not you can switch to a new supplier and could save as much as £300**.”
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 energy 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 customers who switched energy supplier for both gas and electricity (dual fuel) using the Energylinx powered Gocompare.com platforms during the 1st July - 30th September 2013. At least 10% of people who switched energy supplier for both gas & electricity with Gocompare.com saved £309.05
***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