It will be especially galling for EDF customers who remember that the supplier already put up its electricity prices 3% back in October.
(PRWeb UK) February 7, 2011
Energychoices.co.uk is urging consumers to shop around for a new energy tariff as a further 3.3 million people prepare to be hit by price hikes.
As EDF Energy becomes the last of the “big six” energy suppliers to put up its prices, Energychoices.co.uk is encouraging people to compare gas and electricity prices online and switch to a better, more affordable tariff as soon as possible.
EDF Energy announced that its winter price freeze will come to an end at the beginning of March and as a result 3.3 million of its customers will see their electricity and gas bills jump up.
On average EDF Energy is set raise its standard residential tariffs for gas bills by 6.5% and electricity bills by 7.5%.
Chris Eagle, commercial manager at Energychoices.co.uk, says: “Although EDF has held off from putting up its prices longer than all the other major suppliers - and avoided doing it during one of the coldest winters on record - this price hike is one of the larger ones and is still not going to be welcome.
“It will be especially galling for EDF customers who remember that the supplier already put up its electricity prices 3% back in October.”
The rise means that the average household bill for a dual fuel EDF Energy customer will now go up from £1,046 to £1,118 - an increase of £72 a year.
Since the other main suppliers started putting up their prices back in November, a further £560 million has been added onto our energy bills, highlighting how important it is to find the cheapest deal available.
In fact, by January price hikes from five out of the “big six” energy firms saw the typical household energy bill shoot up to an average £1,250.
Eagle adds: “EDF’s move has completed the latest series of prices hikes from all of the “big six” suppliers and means that it is the ideal time to start comparing tariffs and shopping around for a better deal.
“With energy prices soaring, consumers need to do all they can to cut costs. This includes implementing as many energy efficient measures as possible to reduce consumption, but most importantly it involves going online to compare energy tariffs and switching to a better deal where possible. “
Energychoices.co.uk is a price comparison website which offers comprehensive and impartial advice on home energy services. It is an independent service for consumers who want to compare gas and electricity prices and save money on their bills.