Northerners paying more for home energyWednesday, 02 February 2011 01:54
Households in the North of the UK are paying more for their domestic fuel than those in the South, according to a new survey from energyhelpline.com, which underlines the benefits of switching energy providers.
People in the most expensive parts of the country are paying nearly £100 more per year on a typical energy bill, with those in the North less likely to leave the default energy supplier for their region.
Those in the Scottish Lowlands – covering Glasgow and Edinburgh – are paying the most with a typical gas and electricity bill costing £1,192.
People in Merseyside and North Wales are next on £1,186, while the cheapest area to live in is the South East of England where the typical dual fuel bill is £1,114.
By staying on a typical bill customers are missing out on savings of up to £343 a year which can be had by opting for a cheaper online monthly direct debit tariff.
Mark Todd, director of Energyhelpline.com, said: “There is a distinct North-South divide on energy prices in the UK which is directly related to the fact that so many people decide to stay with the default energy supplier for their locality.”