How to avoid the energy price hike next month
UK households are facing a £136 energy bill hike next month, due to the expiration of popular tariffs from energy giants including British Gas and EDF. We take a look at how you can save money on your energy bill and avoid the rising costs...
August 21, 2015
UK households are facing a shock rise in their energy bills in September, a price comparison site has warned. A total of eight fixed-rate energy tariffs, including popular options from British Gas and EDF, are set to expire at the end of this month, with customers automatically switched to their supplier’s standard rate tariff. This will lead to most bills rising by an average of £77 a year as a result, but some others are facing a far bigger hike, according to comparison site GoCompare.com.
“Households in the East Midlands and who are on the EDF Energy Blue+Price Promise August 2015 tariff will be hit the hardest, with a huge £136.59 (13.62%) rise when they are automatically switched to the EDF Energy standard tariff,” it said in a release.
While the switch will be bad news for most, it noted that some British Gas and Sainsbury’s Energy customers may actually see their bills fall by up to £60 when their tariff ends.
So how can you avoid the rising costs?
We recommend taking the time to search for a cheaper deal using our simple compare and switch tool. All you need to do is enter a few details about your current energy supply, find out how much you could save and then compare the alternative deals available. By simply switching suppliers, you could save hundreds of pounds on your energy bill.
Get ahead of the game
We often forget how much energy we use during summer. Here are some tips to help you lower your bills:
Don’t waste water
- Using a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap can save £30 a year in energy bills, according to the EST.
- Only filling the kettle with the amount you need will save a further £7, while reducing washing machine use by just one cycle per week will save £5.
- Spend less time in the shower – spending one minute less in the shower each day will cut £10 off your energy bills each year, per person. With a water meter this will save a further £15 off annual water and sewerage bills.
Use natural ventilation
- Air conditioning really eats into your energy supply. Ventilate your home through more efficient means by opening windows, doors and skylights. If you really do need to use the air con, close all the doors and windows and let your insulation do it’s work. That way, the air conditioning will work effectively and you won’t lose any of that cold air.
Turn off the lights
- An obvious one, but the Energy Saving Trust says many people are still not in the habit of turning lights off after use. Doing so will save you a further £15 on your annual energy bills.
Check out the full list of our top 10 energy saving tips for more information.