'Poorer parts of UK paying more for energy'Thursday, 10 November 2011 10:09
Families in the traditionally colder and poorer parts of the UK have to pay more for their gas and electricity than those in the ‘wealthier, warmer south’, a new study claims.
Energyhelpline.com’s nationwide survey found in some instances those in the North could be paying as much as £80 more for their fuel than those in parts of Southern England.
The postcode lottery revealed households in Merseyside and North Wales are paying the highest utility bills in the country at an average £1,373 a year.
This is £80 more than those in London and £79 more than those in Southern England.
Although the default supplier for gas for all regions is British Gas, families in the West Midlands were paying £813, compared to £773 in Scotland.
The cheapest electricity was available in Southern England at £486 a year, while the most expensive was in Merseyside and North Wales at £580.
Mark Todd, Director of Energyhelpline.com, said: “A variety of factors influence bills across the UK such as the weather, the default supplier for a particular region, local pricing policies, individual energy use, proximity to pipelines and transportation costs.
“Obviously, customers can’t control some of these variables but what they can do is look at how energy efficient their homes are and also seek out the best deals.”