Beat rising energy prices

Gas and electricity prices seem to only be going in one direction: up. Why is this and what does the future hold for energy prices?

We're all expecting our gas and electricity bills to go up this autumn so what can we do to deal with them?

Energy companies are likely to hike up their prices following recent announcements from British Gas and Scottishpower. So with prices set to rocket you could be tempted to fix.

If prices go up dramatically this would save you money but fixed rates initially are pricier than other tariffs.

Changing how you pay your bills is another way to cut your bill. Paying by direct debit is that cheapest method. Also opting to online bills rather than paper bills in the post can save you money.

You can slash bills by trying to make your home more energy efficient.

Energy companies repeatedly refer to ‘rising commodity prices' as the cause of their own price hikes but even if the cost of oil drops, providers are still likely to increase prices.

This lack of clarity only serves to remind us that we must do everything we can to keep our bills in check.

If you are not happy with your provider make sure you shop around for the best deal. You can use our energy switcher to compare prices.

Our website has loads of advice on how to be more energy-efficient and how to reduce gas and electricity bills.