15th September 2014
Households need to act fast. The end of September will see eight fixed energy deals come to an end, bringing in an average annual bill increase of 11% – or £108 – for those who have not moved to a better deal.
Suppliers with tariffs expiring at the end of September are: EDF Energy, First Utility, Scottish Power, M&S Energy, and iSupplyEnergy.
First Utility customers in north-west England, who are currently on the iSave Fixed v7 September 2014 dual fuel tariff, will see the biggest average bill increase of all, at £237.65, or 21.9%. The biggest increase for a ‘big six’ customer will be felt by those living in south-east England who are on Scottish Power’s Online Energy Saver 23 tariff, with an average price hike of £164.93 according to comparison site Gocompare.com.
Some households in northern Scotland, who are customers of First Utility, could however actually see their bills cut when their fixed deal ends. Those on the iSave Fixed v7 September 2014 dual fuel tariff could see a £6.57 reduction in their annual bills when they roll onto their provider’s standard tariff (called iSave Everyday). Gocompare says those in the same area currently on First Utility’s iSave Fixed v8 September 2014 tariff could save an average of £32.17 a year on their dual fuel bills.
But Jeremy Cryer, energy spokesperson for Gocompare.com urged: “However, this doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea for these customers to simply accept First Utility’s standard tariff, as they may be able to save even more by shopping around and switching.
“With four fixed tariffs from ‘big six’ providers among the eight due to end this month, many households could find that their annual energy bills are set to increase if they don’t take action and look for a better deal.”
Impact of tariffs coming to an end on Tuesday 30 September 2014
|Supplier||Tariff coming to an end||Dual fuel?||Cost||Annual cost of standard tariff||Difference(£ and %)|
|EDF Energy||Blue+ Price Promise September 2014||Yes||£1,095.10||£1,163.60||+£68.50(+6.26%)|
|First Utility||iSave Fixed v7 September 2014||Yes||£1,067.36||£1,159.46||+£92.10(+8.63%)|
|First Utility||iSave Fixed v8 September 2014||Yes||£1,092.90||£1,159.46||+£66.56(+6.09%)|
|Scottish Power||Online Fixed Price Energy October 2014||Yes||£1,077.07||£1,199.12||+£122.05(+11.33%)|
|Scottish Power||Online Energy Saver 23||Yes||£1,047.64||£1,199.12||+£151.48(+14.46%)|
|Scottish Power||Help Beat Cancer Discounted Energy October 2014||Yes||£1,093.82||£1,199.12||+£105.30(+9.63%)|
|M&S Energy||Fix & Save Sep 2014 Paperless Billing||Yes||£981.27||£1,186.27||+£205(+20.89%)|
|iSupplyEnergy||iFix (pre 10 Sep 2013)||No (elec only)||£445.64||£510.04||+£64.40(+14.45%)|
(Source: Gocompare.com – based on a medium user – 3,200 kWh of electricity and 13,500 kWh of gas per year – paying by monthly direct debit and averaged across all UK regions)
The energy regulator Ofgem has brought in new measures to make it easier for people to switch providers, including a rule that, once you receive notification from your supplier of your fixed tariff coming to an end – usually 42 to 49 days before it’s due to expire – you can switch without any exit fees being applied. “That’s exactly when consumers should start shopping around, as it can take as much as four to six weeks to transfer to your new supplier,” said Cryer.
He added: “Not taking action and just rolling onto your supplier’s standard tariff is the very worst option, and even if you think that you will be saving money by doing so, it’s likely to be a tiny amount and unlikely to be anywhere near as much as you could save if you shopped around, comparing lots of different tariffs from multiple energy companies. If you never compare your energy tariffs against the others available then you’re likely to be paying more than you need to for your gas and electricity, which will only stand to benefit the suppliers. There are some good fixed deals available, with a couple even coming with annual dual fuel bills of under £1,000, on average, so it’s well worth taking the time to see if there’s a better deal out there for you.”
Top ten cheapest tariffs
|Supplier||Tariff||Annual cost||Early exit fees|
|Extra Energy||Fresh Fixed Price Oct 2015 v1||£991||£25 per fuel|
|First Utility||iSave Fixed v30 October 2015||£992||£30 per fuel|
|Sainsbury’s Energy||Fixed Price October 2015||£1,009||£30 per fuel|
|Ovo Energy||Better Energy Fixed (Online)||£1,011||£30 per fuel|
|Green Star Energy||Rate Saver 12 Month Fixed 1408 Paperless||£1,019||£30 per fuel|
|Extra Energy||Clear Fixed Price Oct 2015 v1||£1,022||£25 per fuel|
|Extra Energy||Bright Fixed Price Oct 2015 v1||£1,024||£25 per fuel|
|Cooperative Energy||Fair & Square October 2015||£1,027||£25 per fuel|
|EDF Energy||Blue+ Price Promise March 2016||£1,038||None|
|Scottish Power||Online Fixed Price Energy October 2015||£1,048||None|
(Based on dual fuel, payment by monthly direct debit, averaged across all UK regions and based on an annual energy usage of 13,500kWh gas and 3,200kWh electricity (medium user).