Georgie Frost, consumer advocate at GoCompare Energy, comments on today’s energy price increase announcement from E.ON:
“E.ON energy customers on the supplier’s standard variable tariff (SVT) are in for an inflation-busting hike to their energy bills, just in time for the autumn, when lighting and heating use starts to increase. As if it wasn’t bad enough that they already pay more for their gas and electricity than anyone except those on a pre-pay or safe-guard tariff, around 1.4 million E.ON customers will see their annual energy bills increase by an average of 4.8%, or £55, for customers on the dual fuel tariff; 6.2%, or £36 for electricity-only customers; and 3.3%, or £19, for gas-only customers.
“Although E.ON claim that the number of customers on their standard variable tariffs has fallen by 21% over the last 18 months, that still means around 1.4 million customers could be forking out a collective £78m* a year extra for their energy, unless they switch.
“More people than ever before have been switching energy suppliers to find better deals, but as figures from E.ON show, there are still far too many people sticking with expensive SVTs. News of a price hike should prompt E.ON customers to get online, compare prices and tariff options, and switch to a better deal. In fact, anyone on a standard variable tariff with any energy provider should do this today.
“Dual fuel customers who shop-around and switch energy provider with GoCompare typically save £210 a year on their energy bills.**”
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Notes to editors:
*According to E.ON they have contacted around 1.8m SVT customers advising them that cheaper tariffs may be available and that in the last 18 months the number of customers on SVTs has fallen by 21%. 1.8m – 21% = 1.422m. 1.422m customers x average price increase of £55 = £78,210,000.
**Based on customers who provided their energy usage and received a price for switching energy supplier for both gas and electricity (dual fuel) using GoCompare during 1 October to 31 December 2017. At least 51% of customers who received a price for switching energy supplier for both gas and electricity with GoCompare saved £210 or more.
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