With both Npower and Scottish Power announcing rises of up to £109 it is time to act
With typical winter weather covering the UK right now, most homes have got their heating turned right up. During winter, energy bills are twice the annual average making it the most expensive period of the year for gas and electricity consumption.
Therefore it comes as a particularly cruel blow that both Npower and Scottish Power have announced price rises of 9.8pc and 7.8pc respectively. Npower’s rise is set to increase annual average household bills by £109, while Scottish Power customers will be paying an extra £86. But before you put on a second pullover and turn down the heating, there may be a quick and easy way to avoid the impact of price rises.
The Telegraph Energy Switching Service will compare all the energy suppliers in the market and provide the best switching options for you in a matter of minutes. Best of all, right now many cheap online tariff deals are fixed for one and two-year periods, meaning you can be sure your costs will not increase in what is a rising market.
To get started, you just need a few basic details such as your postcode, current supplier and energy usage, which can be found on your most recent bill. If you don’t have one, don’t worry, you can still switch to a cheap tariff. Using your postcode and usage levels, the system can show you what tariffs are available and how much they would cost you at your specific usage level. If you don’t know your usage, the system can make an estimate based on Ofgem-defined national average levels, to show you an estimate of how much you could save based on your current tariff.
“Npower and Scottish Power announce rises of up to £109”
If you want a specific kind of tariff – such as a fixed, a tariff with paper billing, or a green energy tariff – there are options to filter the results so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. If you would rather speak to an adviser, or you have specific questions, the call centre is open seven days a week on a freephone number. Our energy advisors will be more than happy to talk you through your options, and can give you a quote on how much you could save in minutes. And with around 30 energy suppliers to choose from, we are certain to have the right tariff for you.
Over recent months Telegraph readers have been making savings in excess of £300 on average; if you have a larger property or like to keep your house warmer, then savings can be even higher. Energy expert Mark Todd of energyhelpline.com says: “With Npower and Scottish Power raising prices by up to £109 the next round of price rises is in full swing. The wholesale market has been on the up since the middle of last year and suppliers are keen to take the opportunity to raise prices on standard rates. At the same time the cheapest online tariffs remain 20-25pc cheaper, offering savvy customers the opportunity to make substantial savings for five to 10 minutes work via a tool like the Telegraph Switching Service.”
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