Natalie Hitchins, Head of Home Products and Services at Which?, said:
“For many, energy bills will have significantly increased during lockdown, with the winter months set to cause them to rise even more. While the extension of the price cap will be a welcome relief for customers on standard or default tariffs, they are still likely to be paying more than they need to for their energy.
“The easiest and fastest way to cut your energy bill is to compare providers and switch to a cheaper deal. Standard or default tariffs are usually among the most expensive, and despite the price cap, could cost you hundreds of pounds a year more than the best deal available.”
Notes to editors:
1) Customers looking for cheaper energy deals can compare deals with Which? Switch, a transparent and impartial way to compare energy tariffs and find the best gas and electricity supplier for you.
2) Which? calculates that a medium user (using 12,000kWh gas and 2,900kWh electricity per year) on a dual-fuel default tariff at the level of the current price cap could save up to £221 by switching to the cheapest deal on the market. Based on widely-available tariffs available across England, Scotland and Wales, paying by monthly direct debit, with paperless bills. Data is from Energylinx and correct on 13 October 2020.