The latest Quarterly Price Survey (QPS) conducted by price comparison site energyhelpline has shown a staggering increase in the average dual-fuel energy bill UK consumers will be paying this winter. With the temperature dropping the typical household bill will sit at a budget-busting £1,400, which is an increase of £90 in just over 6 months.
The news is worse for customers in North Wales and Merseyside is even worse, with the average bills for these areas now up to £1,425 a year, compared to the cheapest region of the country, the East Midlands, which currently sits at £1,373 a year.
Mark Todd, Director of independent price comparison service energyhelpline commented: “Our latest findings will make grim reading for those struggling to cope with living costs this Christmas. With temperatures dropping and energy prices rising, families are totting up thecosts of the cold season and wondering whether to turn up the heating, or put turkey on the table.”
He added, “At present, Merseyside and North Wales are paying the most for a typical energy bill at £1,425 per year, butthis is only marginally more than both South West England and the West Midlands who are paying £1,420 respectively. No matter where you live, record energycosts are making a massive dent in already-stretched household budgets. This Christmas, many consumers will look at the energy suppliers and see modern day Scrooge’s, not just keeping coal from the fire, but making big profits themselves and leaving their customers with spine-chillingly high bills.”
Todd commented, “All is not lost though, switch today and a typical home can save £347 per year. Not a bad return for five to ten minutes work. Even bankers and supermodels don’t make that much money!”
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