Top five energy deals
As autumn marches on and the nights get darker and colder, competitive gas and electricity deals are disappearing as greedy energy providers - yet again - take advantage of the fact we now have to up our usage.
So far, SSE has been the only provider to announce that it’s raising prices - by 9% for both gas and electricity from 15 October - but the rest of the Big Six suppliers are expected to follow suit.
The Bank of England has warned energy prices could rise by 2.5% come January as suppliers face increased costs, in particular when it comes to delivering energy.
Fewer competitive deals
At the same time, the number of competitive energy deals on the market is dwindling as three of the cheapest offer have been withdrawn.
EDF kicked off by pulling its Energy Blue +Price Promise April 2014 - one of the cheapest deals around - at the end of August. It was one of the most popular tariffs on the market as it guaranteed no price rises for two winters and there was no exit penalty.
Next, First Utility and ScottishPower withdrew their competitive fixed-rate tariffs. The two deals also came without an exit penalty.
Experts now warn consumers to act quickly if they want to secure a good deal. Tom Lyon, energy expert at uSwitch.com, says if you want to fix your energy deal you "cannot afford to hang around".
He says: "The cost of fixed-price plans is creeping upwards and exit penalties are creeping back in. The fact is that consumers acting today are able to get an exceptional deal - a low price today, coupled with a price guarantee and no exit penalties - but this type of offer is not going to be around for long".
TOP FIVE ENERGY DEALS
|NPOWER||Energy Online October 2013||£1,064|
|SAINSBURY'S ENERGY||Online Variable September 2013||£1,068|
|NPOWER||Bill Saver November 2013||£1,086|
|OVO ENERGY||New Energy Fixed||£1,088|
|SCOTTISH POWER||Online Fixed Price Energy March 2014||£1,099|