Record winter fuel bills predicted in the New YearWednesday, 15 December 2010 01:26
The news that npower has announced a 5.1 per cent increase in its dual fuel tariff, has lead energyhelpline.com to predict that the average winter fuel bill for UK households will be the highest on record.
Families should budget on spending £630 per household on average, as four of the big six providers have now announced price rises. Only EDF has announced a price freeze, which will last until March 1 at the least, while E.on has yet to declare its plans.
The cold weather could lead to a bigger demand on domestic heating, with many choosing to work from home. Further school closures will also lead to a bigger drain on home energy bills, with kids staying at home for longer.
Energyhelpline.com has estimated that the average December bill will be 47 per cent higher than last year at £159, but customers can save as much as £369 by switching suppliers.
Mark Todd, director of Energyhelpline.com, said: “I cannot stress enough how important it is for consumers to seriously review their gas and electricity suppliers and hunt for a better deal now. Doing nothing is just a recipe for being ripped off.”