Go.Compare comments on Ofgem’s April price cap announcement
Gareth Kloet, Go.Compare’s energy spokesperson, comments on Ofgem’s announcement of the April energy price cap:
“While it is reassuring to see the energy price cap drop to £3280, this does not mean households will be paying less for their energy – in fact, from April 1st, they face a potential 20% increase due to the rise in the government’s Energy Price Guarantee (EPG). The EPG was introduced in April last year to limit the amount suppliers can charge per unit of energy used and protect bill payers. Currently set at £2,500, the EPG is shielding households from high energy prices – but this protection is set to get weaker.
“In April, it is anticipated the government will increase the Energy Price Guarantee (EPG) from £2,500 to £3,000. This £500 increase is a real blow for householders, meaning bill payers face a worrying 20% increase in their energy bills, at a time when many are already struggling to pay.
“With longer days and warmer weather on the horizon, we will naturally use less energy – as we turn on lights later and don’t need to use the heating as often – but this does not negate the fact we are paying too much for energy and this situation is untenable. We would urge the government to offer more support until the cost of energy becomes more affordable, and to invest in the UK’s energy production to provide long-term stability.
“While energy-saving measures at home are not a solution, we do have some money saving tips for householders:
- Remember to take a meter reading on 31st March, before the new EPG comes into effect, to ensure you are taking full advantage of the current lower rate.
- Submit meter readings to your supplier regularly, so you are aware of how much you are spending.
- If you can, increase your monthly payments slightly so April’s price rise comes as less of a shock. Any credit you build up will help towards the higher bills.
- Try to be as energy efficient as possible, only using what you need. Turn appliances completely off rather than on standby, wash clothes on a cool cycle, and switch to LED lights which cost less to run.”
Find further tips and guidance on how to save energy, here: https://www.gocompare.com/gas-and-electricity/guide/energy-saving-tips/.
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