Households urged to switch energy deal

3 September 2008

Households hit by energy bill hikes could be paying over £500 too much because they haven’t bothered switching deals.

During July and August, the top six energy suppliers introduced a second round of price rises that will see some households paying up to 35% more a year to heat their home. Since the start of 2008, average gas bills have risen by 52%.

Despite all six firms putting up prices, consumers have been urged to still consider switching their deal as they could pay less with another supplier.

According to, some people are paying 63% too much for their gas and electricity following the price rises.

The second round of price increases has hit those in the North East the hardest, according to the price comparison website, where annual bills are in excess of £1,396. By switching, it is estimated they could making an annual saving of around £531. says the online dual fuel deal from British Gas – called Click Energy 5 - is the best value tariff across all 14 UK regions.

Scott Byrom, utilities manager at, says: "It's more important than ever for Brits not to be lulled into thinking they will automatically get the best deal with their current provider.

“I urge customers to proactively check the market to ensure they find the tariff that most suits their circumstances. Online products continue to lead the way in terms of value with monthly direct debit payments offering the highest level of customer discounts.”

The advice to consumer is also to keep checking prices, as deals are expected to change over the coming weeks.

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