Energy bills set to rocket this weekend
The sun is shining and we are enjoying the hottest autumn weather for over 100 years.
It's a good thing too because many of us will feel a pain in our wallets when we finally have to switch on the central heating this year. Millions of us will start seeing our energy bills jump skywards this weekend.
Npower's latest price rise will come into effect tomorrow, resulting in 3.3 million households having to pay an average of £135 more on their annual fuel bill. The firm announced in August it was increasing its gas and electricity prices by 15.7% and 7.2% respectively.
Tomorrow will also see the end to one of the cheapest dual fuel deals on the market, as EDF scraps its Fixed Saver Version 2. The deal, which costs an average £1,009 per year, guarantees customers no price rises until September 2012. But it closes to new customers tomorrow.
All of the Big Six energy providers - British Gas, E.On, ScottishPower, Scottish and Southern, EDF and Npower - have axed their cheapest tariffs in recent months.
Scottish Power offers the cheapest deals with its Online Energy Saver 15 costing £990 a year. The average UK energy bill is £1,300 a year, according to energyhelpline.com.
"Callers to our helpline just do not see an end in sight to this seemingly relentless upward spiral of gas and electricity price hikes," says Mark Todd, director of the price comparison site.
"Most customers who call us firmly believe the privatised energy market isn't working for them," he adds.