UK homes braced for biggest ever energy billsMonday, 17 January 2011 03:24
After the coldest December on records, many British households may be left reeling in January with their biggest ever energy bills to pay. For this reason, moneysupermarket.com is urging Brits to switch to an online tariff, which can save as much as £172 per year.
During the winter months we use around 40 per cent of our annual energy consumption, meaning that customers on standard tariffs could have to pay £437 in their next quarterly bill.
Moneysupermarket.com advises switching to an online tariff and paying by Direct Debit, as this can bring prices down considerably, with the average saving working out at around 16 per cent.
Recent energy bill rises have made cutting costs even more important for the average family, as moneysupermarket.com claims that the price of gas has risen by 5.3 per cent since November, while electricity has gone up by 7.5 per cent during the same period.
Scott Byrom, utilities manager at moneysupermarket.com, said: "For those looking for cheaper energy bills, shopping around is crucial; make sure you are on the best tariff and consumption level to stop your hard earned cash going to waste."