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When was the last time you checked your gas and electricity tariffs? If the answer is more than a year ago, you could be paying far more than you need to.

The average household saw their bills increase by £65 in 2018 to £1,314 – a price rise of 5 per cent compared to 2017, government statistics show. Average electricity bills rose £49, while gas bills rose £16.

But your bill does not simply reflect how much energy you use. Your postcode also plays a part in determining how much you pay.

Energy suppliers charge different rates according to your region, even though they are supplying the same service. While there’s not a lot you can do about regional price variations – short of moving house – you can make sure you’re on the best possible tariff.

When it comes to energy suppliers, loyalty doesn’t pay. To save, consider switching to a new supplier – particularly if you’ve stuck with the same company for years and are on a standard variable tariff. These are amongst the most expensive deals, but the good news is you can switch at any time without penalty.

Ofgem energy price cap

The energy regulator Ofgem recently introduced a cap on poor-value tariffs, including standard variable tariffs. The cap came into effect on January 1, initially limiting the cost for an average customer on a standard variable or default tariff to a maximum of £1,137 per year when paid by direct debit. While the cost of energy per kilowatt hours is capped, the amount you pay depends on how much energy you use and which region of the UK you live in.

This was a welcome move, but the cap has already increased by £117 to £1,254 a year in response to rising wholesale energy costs, meaning energy suppliers can now charge more. It will be reviewed every April and October and adjusted to reflect wholesale prices.

How much will you save?

Don’t be fooled by the price cap – you can save far more if you compare energy prices and switch to a better deal.

The average household can currently save between £280 and £360 by switching to one of the top 10 cheapest tariffs on the market.

Victoria Arrington, spokesperson of our comparison-service partner energyhelpline, said, “Even with this price cap, we strongly urge customers to take control and switch to a much cheaper rate – nearly all the best deals can only be obtained by switching.

“After all, would you rather see your bills increase by £117, or would you rather switch and save £300 instead?”

Who pays the most on energy bills in the UK?

Nearly all UK energy suppliers, including the ‘Big Six’, charge different electricity and gas prices depending on the postcode provided.

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There was a £67 difference between the average annual electricity bill in the cheapest and most expensive regions of the UK in 2018, according to the latest government figures. This assumes usage of 3,800kWh of electricity a year.

Average of Big 6 standard variable tariffs by region

Region

Gas

Elec

Dual Fuel

North West

£592

£657

£1,249

Northern

£583

£650

£1,233

Yorkshire

£582

£645

£1,227

Northern Scotland

£585

£672

£1,257

Southern

£610

£651

£1,261

Southern Scotland

£585

£654

£1,239

N Wales and Mersey

£596

£696

£1,291

London

£606

£647

£1,254

South East

£604

£672

£1,277

Eastern

£586

£663

£1,249

East Midlands

£580

£642

£1,222

Midlands

£592

£656

£1,247

Southern Western

£614

£679

£1,293

South Wales

£590

£670

£1,260

Average

£593

£661

£1,254

Energyhelpline – 1st April, 2019All calculations are for an average usage dual fuel household paying by monthly direct debit, paper billing.

Save by paying monthly

As well as moving to a better tariff, you can save money by switching to a monthly direct debit. Suppliers tend to offer money off – typically about seven per cent a year – if you pay this way, as it means less paperwork for them.

Easily compare energy prices in your area for free

We’ve partnered with independent energy-comparison site energyhelpline to bring you special energy deals that could save you hundreds of pounds a year. The Telegraph’s Energy Switching Service analyses all the tariffs for each region and payment method to find the cheapest electricity and gas prices near you.

To take part, simply register online by entering your postcode and details of your energy supplier, tariff and usage. We will compare offers across the market and contact you with the best deal available. If you decide to switch, energyhelpline will handle all the paperwork for you.

Remember, as well as making sure you’re on the best possible energy deal, you can keep gas and electricity bills to a minimum by ensuring your home is as energy efficient as possible.

Top 10 energy tariffs

Supplier

Tariff

Average annual cost

Average annual savings

Outfox the Market

One Variable March 19

£892

£362

Utility Point

UP Variable Direct Feb 19

£930

£324

Powershop

Top Shopper January 2019 Issue 2

£937

£317

Utility Point

Just Up 19 Wk11 Direct

£959

£295

Toto Energy

March Sunday Switch Saver – 12m Fix

£964

£290

Toto Energy

Smart Sunday Switch Saver – 12m Fix

£964

£290

Avro Energy

Simple and SuperSaver

£964

£290

Outfox the Market

FIX'D 19

£965

£289

Lumo Energy

App Only Fixed v18

£966

£288

People's Energy

People’s Year Fixed (2 months upfront)

£968

£286

Ways to save energy

Short-term measures

  • Don’t leave electrical items on standby – turn them off fully
  • Draught-proof windows and doors to minimise heat loss
  • Only boil as much water as you need when using your electric kettle
  • Turn your thermostat down – lowering it by just one degree could save you around £85 a year, according to Energy UK
  • Switch the bulbs in your house to low-consumption, longer-life LEDs Make your fridge and freezer more energy efficient by defrosting them regularly

Long-term measures

  • When replacing electrical items, buy energy-efficient models
  • Consider installing cavity-wall insulation
  • Make sure your loft is properly insulated to stop heat escaping through the roof
  • Install a condensing boiler
  • Fit double-glazed windows

Save up to £533 on energy bills by signing up to The Telegraph Energy Switching Service

The above article was created for Telegraph Financial Solutions, a member of Telegraph Media Group Limited. For more information on Telegraph Financial Solutions, click here.Source: energyhelpline